Diabetes Educators Honor Alvin Windy Boy

Feb 15th, 2006 | By | Category: 17-3: Heroes of Today, Tribal College News

DIABETES WARRIOR. Alvin Windy Boy, Sr., was honored by his colleagues as an outspoken advocate of diabetes prevention. Applauding his award are (left to right) Jennifer Curry, William Dahl, and Lars Helgeson. Photo by Doug Coulson

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College (KBOCC, Baraga, MI) hosted the Diabetes Education in Tribal Schools (DETS) Curriculum Development Project National Steering Committee meeting in September 2005.

Dr. Michael DeGagné, director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation of Canada, spoke about the Aboriginal Healing      programs in Canada. The mission of the foundation is to support aboriginal people in building and reinforcing sustainable healing processes. It focuses upon the legacy of physical abuse and sexual abuse in the residential school system, including intergenerational impacts.

The steering committee honored Alvin Windy Boy, Sr., for his work in promoting diabetes prevention and health careers. Despite his many duties as chairman of the Chippewa Cree Tribe of Rocky Boy’s Reservation in Montana, Windy Boy served for many years as co-chair of the national Tribal Leaders Diabetes Committee.

He was instrumental in convincing the National Institutes of Health to launch the DETS program. Currently, he serves on the project’s external advisory committee.

For more information about the DETS program contact Lynn Aho by email laho@kbocc.org or Marilyn Hetzel by email mhetzel@haskell.edu. For information about the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, see www.ahf.ca/.

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