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Indigenous People’s Day Cultural Competency

During the Indigenous People's Day Cultural Competency Lunch & Learn: Understanding Inter-Generational Issues as Impacted by Historical Trauma, the documentary, Basketball, Water and the Lost City of Elbowoods, shows the effects of the Garrison Dam flooding on the Fort Berthold Reservation has negative impact on the health and wellbeing of Native communities today; and how some people may experience some very challenging health or related impediments as a result. The panelists will discuss how understanding historical traumas supports Native communities and how we can be more effective in engaging people and providing culturally-grounded services.

In the Basketball, Water and the Lost City of Elbowoods, the 1942 Elbowoods High School basketball team made it to the North Dakota State Class B championship game, but they lost in a bizarre twist that resulted in a 60-year effort to right a wrong. Basketball, Water and the Lost City of Elbowoods relives the excitement of that basketball team and the title game controversy, and it examines the fate of the team’s hometown—which was sacrificed after the Garrison Dam was constructed in 1953 and is now covered by Lake Sakakawea.


  1. To describe the impact of the client’s context (cultural heritage, gender, class, ethnic-racial identity, sexual orientation, disability, age and spirituality) on decision-making, and address the importance of social determinants and community factors on client’s well-being.
  2. To identify healing traditions/practices and beliefs, including ethno-medical beliefs.
  3. To recognize and identify own potential for bias and stereotyping; explore how attitudes, biases and stereotypes affect encounters, decision making and quality of care; and recognize and describe institutional cultural issues for practitioner’s own institution.
  4. To value the importance of curiosity, empathy, and respect client-care and the importance of continuous growth. Ask questions in a non-judgmental manner to elicit preferences, listen and respond appropriately to client feedback about key cross-cultural issues.
  5. To describe strategies for reducing your bias as a practitioner, and demonstrate strategies to assess, manage, and reduce bias and its effects in practice.