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Melanie is an enrolled citizen of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa in Belcourt, North Dakota. She graduated from both the Turtle Mountain Community High School and the Turtle Mountain Community College. She received her undergraduate degree in psychology from the University of North Dakota and a Masters in Public Health in community health education with a concentration in health disparities from the University of Minnesota. She completed her PhD in Epidemiology social behavioral track program at the University of Minnesota School of Public Health. Melanie is a community engaged scholar and has worked 16 years on various research projects within the American Indian community. Melanie is the Operational Director at the American Indian Public Health Resource Center housed at North Dakota State University and leads a team that has successfully engaged a multitude of tribal health stakeholders from across the nation. She also serves on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Research Review board, the American Public Health Association American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian board and as chair of the North Dakota Public Health Association American Indian section. Melanie has a wealth of experience working in community health education and research and is dedicated to improving the health and well-being of Native communities.