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American Indian Symposium to be Nov. 17

The City of Kansas City, Mo., Health Department is partnering with the Kansas City American Indian Council and other regional organizations to present the fifth annual American Indian Symposium from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Nov. 17. The event will be at the Pierson Auditorium University Center, University of Missouri-Kansas City, 5100 Rockhill Road.

At the symposium, American Indians will share their strategies and tools for resolving common health, mental health, education and legal issues facing urban American Indian populations. Local leaders, educators, legislators and health practitioners will learn how to access resources needed and create partnerships to provide care for American Indian clients.

All speakers are registered American Indians who are experts in their fields. Speakers include:

• Susan Aasen, Lac Courte Oreilles Tribe in Northern Wisconsin, legal council for the Bad River Casino

• Mary R. Daniel, Cheyenne/Oneida Tribe, an expert on Indian child welfare law

• Dr. DeeAnn DeRoin, Ioway Tribe of Kansas, a founding member of the Four Tribe Wellness Coalition

• Duane H. Mackey, Santee Sioux Tribe of Nebraska, professor at the University of South Dakota in the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Studies Department

• Bob Prue, Sicangu Lakota/Rosebud Sioux, visiting professor at the University of Missouri-Kansas City

• Brenda Seals, Eastern Band Cherokee, executive director and research associate for Native American Cancer Research

• Daniel R. Wildcat, Yuchi member of the Muscogee Nation of Oklahoma, professor and author

• Beverly Wilkins, Mvskoke (Creek) and Cherokee, director of Peaceful Nations Consulting.

Registration is $25, which includes parking, breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack. Continuing education credits are available for an additional $25.

For more information, call (816) 513-6209.

Media inquiries about this topic should be directed to Jeff Hershberger, Health Department, (816) 840-2548 (pager).

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