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Dr. Rock voted President Elect of NCUIHIndian Health Board Chief Executive Officer Dr. Patrick Rock was voted President Elect of the National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH) at their 2008 Leadership Conference in Washington, D.C. on July 10. Rock (Leech Lake), has been employed as a physician with the Indian Health Board of Minneapolis, Inc. for 11 years. He became Medical Director in 2002 and was named CEO of the organization in April of 2007. Rock is a graduate of the University of North Dakota Medical School, served his family practice residency at Hennepin County Medical Center, and has done graduate work at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health.
The National Council of Urban Indian Health is a non-profit
organization established in 1998, to support and develop quality
healthcare programs for all American Indians/Alaska Natives living in
urban communities. As President Elect, Rock's responsibilities will
include working under the President of NCUIH, attending meetings at
NCUIH Headquarters in Washington, DC, and fulfilling duties on the
Board of Directors where he is a voting member. After two years, Rock
will become President of NCUIH. Rock said, “It is a crucial time for
urban Indian health, and we now have the opportunity to continue to
improve our health care needs in the urban setting.
N. Scott Momaday to speak in MinneapolisN. Scott Momaday, the
first Native American to win the Pulitzer Prize for his 1968 novel
House Made of Dawn, will present the University of Minnesota Graduate
School’s 2008 Guy Stanton Ford Lecture in October. Momaday’s use of
language has garnered him countless awards, including a Guggenheim
Fellowship, The Autry Museum of Western Heritage Humanities Prize, a
prize from the Academy of American Poets, and the “Mondello,” Italy’s
highest literary honor. He was awarded the 2007 National Medal of Arts
at the White House in November. He is also the poet laureate of
His works of fiction include In the Bear’s House (which includes his
own paintings), The Way to Rainy Mountain and The Ancient Child. His
collections of poetry include In the Presence of the Sun and The Gourd
Dancer. He is the author of The Man Made of Words: Essays, Stories,
Passages; his memoir, The Names; the children’s book, Circle of Wonder:
A Native American Christmas Story; and two plays, Children of the Sun
and The Indolent Boys. He is currently working on a new novel.
Momaday is the founder and Chair of The Buffalo Trust, a non-profit
foundation for the preservation and restoration of Native American
culture and heritage. The Trust promotes the sharing of story, song,
art and history in Native communities across the U.S. A senior scholar
at The School of American Research in Santa Fe, Momaday has held
tenured teaching posts at UC Berkeley, Stanford University and the
University of Arizona. He has also been an NPR commentator and was a
founding Trustee of the National Museum of the American Indian. In 2004
Momaday was named a UNESCO Artist for Peace, in recognition of his
outstanding achievements as a writer and painter and his efforts to
safeguard Native American heritage. The lecture will be free and open
to the public. Tuesday, October 21 at 12:15 p.m. Ted Mann Concert
Hall, U of MN West Bank Campus, 2128 Fourth St. S., Minneapolis.
For more info see: www.grad.umn.edu/News/ford.
U of MN scholarship opportunities for learning DakotaThe
University of Minnesota Department of American Indian Studies has two
new scholarship opportunities for individuals who want to learn Dakota.
The Wahpetunwin Student Language Scholarship (named in honor of
Wahpetunwin Carrie Schommer) is for undergraduate students admitted to
a degree program at the University who are committed to learning to
speak or teach the language.
Get info and application at: www.zshare.net/download/132136778ff1f021
The Dakota Iapi Continuing Education Student Scholarship is for those
who want to learn to speak or teach the language without pursuing a
Get info and application at: www.zshare.net/download/1321361949062e6a.
Application materials are due August 15. For more info, contact Beth Brown at 612-624-8217 or email: