The second annual Cheyenne River Research Symposium: Researching, Restoring & Rebuilding our Oyate for a Longer Life is scheduled for Thursday, March 24 at the Cheyenne River Youth Project (The Main) from 8:00 am to 3:30 pm. Community members are invited to participate in the free event to learn about current research, meet presenters and have face to face discussions with researchers and other scientists. Registration for the symposium begins at 8:00 am and will be followed with the welcome, prayer and conference speakers. Participants will have the option to select different breakout sessions throughout the day.
The keynote address will be given by Dr. Donald Warne, MD, MPH. He will talk about Health Disparities in Indian Country. Dr. Warne is currently the Director of the Master of Public Health program at North Dakota State University and also serves as the Senior Policy Advisor to the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Health Board. Dr. Warne is a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe and comes from a long line of traditional healers and medicine men.
The guest speaker from the South Dakota Humanities Council is Belinda Joe. She will bring her unique Dakota perspective and share how research is creating a lasting legacy. Other presenters for the symposium include: Dr. Lyle Best with the Strong Heart Study; Marcella Gilbert – South Dakota State University Extension; Eileen Briggs – CRST Tribal Ventures; and Dr. Ana Navas-Acien – John Hopkins University.
Sponsors for the 2016 Research Symposium are: CRST Tribal Ventures, Missouri Breaks Industries Research, Inc., Cheyenne River Youth Project, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, and South Dakota Humanities Council an Affiliate of the National Endowment for the Humanities. A limited amount of booth space is available for the event and requires a monetary donation for the Symposium. Persons who are interested in having a booth should contact Eileen Briggs at CRST Tribal Ventures at 964-2016.
Plan now to participate in the March 24th Symposium to learn about ways to reduce the “Silo Effect” in tribal communities; meet young American Indian researchers; learn about “RED Talks,” an innovative idea to share ideas; discover what the native food agriculture program is all about; and get the latest information on results of research conducted locally. Pre-registration is not required, but appreciated. Call Missouri Breaks at 964-1260 to pre-register or ask questions about the symposium