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Dr. Rock voted President Elect of NCUIH

Indian 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 Minneapolis

N. 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  Oklahoma.

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.

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U of MN scholarship opportunities for learning Dakota

The 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.     

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The Dakota Iapi Continuing Education Student Scholarship is for those who want to learn to speak or teach the language without pursuing a four-year degree. 

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Application materials are due August 15. For more info, contact Beth Brown at 612-624-8217 or email: This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

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