Turtle Mountain Promotes Wellness

Aug 15th, 1996 | By | Category: 8-2: Cultural Property Rights, Tribal College News

Turtle Mountain Community College joined with the Turtle Mountain Tribe and several other agencies to sponsor the second annual Women’s Wellness Conference. A total of 66 women attended the event July 22-25, some of whom earned credits at the tribal college in humanities, health, or continuing education.

Dr. Judith S. Kaur (Choctaw), a medical oncologist at Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minn., addressed the cancer rate among Native Americans, especially breast cancer. Delores Subia Bigfoot (Caddo), Ph.D., addressed historical trauma and grief and their effect on child abuse. Barbara L. Bonner, Ph.D., addressed preventing child abuse and family violence. Shelly Peltier, Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Turtle Mountain, presented her doctoral dissertation findings on PMS and young Native American women.

More than 20 speakers participated, including a teen panel discussing teen pregnancy, a story teller, and a group of grandmothers discussing their role in teaching traditions and respect. Other topics included menopause, the relationship between restoring the land and healing communities, contraception, self-esteem, co-dependency, grief, and fetal alcohol syndrome.

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