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NIH Marks American Indian, Alaska Native Heritage Month

In November, all are invited to attend NIH's celebration of American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month, which features two events. On Wednesday, Nov. 12, Dr. Spero M. Manson, a medical anthropologist, NIH grantee and member of the Pembina Chippewa Tribe, will present a talk, "Wounded Spirits, Ailing Hearts: The Legacy of PTSD Among American Indians," at 3 p.m. in Masur Auditorium, Bldg. 10. A reception follows. The lecture is cosponsored by the NIH American Indian/Alaska Native Employee Council (AIANEC).

On Thursday, Nov. 13 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., the 3rd annual NIH American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month observance will be held in Natcher Conference Center. Kevin Locke, Lakota and Anishinabe Tribes, a world renowned traditional storyteller and preeminent player of the indigenous Northern Plains flute, will discuss "Walking the Good Red Road to Health," which explores health and balance from the American Indian point of view. Locke will also perform the hoop dance, accompanied by the White Oak Singers (Northern style) drum group. A reception follows. The event is cosponsored by AIANEC, NIH institutes and centers, and the Office of Equal Opportunity and Diversity Management.

Sign language interpreters will be provided. Individuals with disabilities who need reasonable accommodation should call Michael Chew, OEODM on 402-3681 (voice), 480-3122 (TTY) or the Federal Relay Service 1-800-877-8339 (TTY). For more event information, call Rebecca Tudisco at 496-3482 or visit the AIANEC web site at

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