Lindquist Will Advise NIH Director Zerhouni

Nov 15th, 2005 | By | Category: 17-2: Sustainability, Tribal College News

STAR HORSE WOMAN. A long-time women’s health advocate, Cynthia Lindquist now serves on a council that advises the National Institutes of Health director.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) has appointed Cynthia Lindquist as one of seven new members of the director’s Council of Public Representatives. Since 1999 the council has advised the NIH director on issues of public importance. Dr. Elias A. Zerhouni, M.D., directs the NIH. The new members join 12 current members of the council.

Also known as Ta’sunka Wicahpi Win (Star Horse Woman), Lindquist has been president of Cankdeska Cikana (Little Hoop) Community College (Fort Totten, ND) since 2003. Her career began when she became the health director/planner of the Spirit Lake (Dakota) tribe in the early 1980s.

She wrote and developed the Northern Plains Healthy Start initiative, and she is an adjunct faculty member at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Other professional experience includes serving as executive director of the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission (Governor-appointed cabinet position) and as senior advisor to the director of the Indian Health Service in Washington, DC.

In April 2004, Lindquist was appointed by President George Bush to serve a 3-year term as a member of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education (NACIE) and was elected chairwoman of the council.

She also serves as a consultant and advisor to the Kaiser Family Foundation and is chairwoman of the National Indian Women’s Health Resource Center.

In 1999, she was honored as one of 10 national winners for the “Women in Government” award presented by Good Housekeeping magazine, the Ford Foundation, and the Women’s Center at Rutgers University.

Lindquist earned a bachelor’s degree in Indian studies and English from the University of North Dakota in 1981 and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of South Dakota in 1988. As a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellow, she is working on a doctorate in educational leadership at the University of North Dakota and will graduate soon.

A native of North Dakota and a member of the Spirit Lake (Dakota) Nation, she has two grown children, one daughter at home, and four granddaughters.

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