The 9th Annual American Indian Health Research Conference was held on Friday, October 28, at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks. In addition to offering opportunities to discuss research directions, partnerships and collaboration in health research focusing on American Indians, the conference featured distinguished speaker Dr. Gayle Skawennio Morse. She is an enrolled member of the Mohawk Tribe, and draws from the tribe the principles of respect, trust, and empowerment that have guided her both professionally and personally. Morse addressed multidisciplinary research and the importance of developing native health researchers to examine the issues related to indigenous people.
In conjunction with the research conference was the first Native Health Careers Student Development Conference and Career Fair.
The annual American Indian Health Research Conference is sponsored by the North Dakota IDeA Network of Biomedical Research Excellence and the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences Center for Rural Health.