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Ethics institute to host session on Indigenous communities’ issues

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The Northern Plains Ethics Institute at NDSU is set to host public conversation on ethical issues affecting Indigenous communities in North Dakota. The session is scheduled for Friday, Sept. 27, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Russell Reid Auditorium at the North Dakota Heritage Center in Bismarck, North Dakota.

The event is free and open to the public.

The session’s focus is “Health and Poverty: Stress and Food Deserts.” Speakers will include:

• Dr. Jessica C. White Plume, director of wellness and sustainability for the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation South Segment

• Donald Warne, associate dean of diversity, equity and inclusion; director of Indians into Medicine Program; and director of the Master of Public Health Program at the University of North Dakota.

The conversation will center on these questions:

• What is a food desert?

• What health impact does it have?

• What are some practical ways to address the issues?

• Who should be involved?

• What are the desired outcomes?

• How do we get to the outcomes?

Questions and comments from the audience are highly encouraged.

“The Northern Plains Ethics Institute’s mission to promote democratic participation in social and ethical issues affecting the Northern Plains and beyond,” said institute director Dennis Cooley.  “We cannot think of a better way to fulfill that mission.”

Questions or requests for accommodation can be directed to Cooley at 701-231-0738 or dennis.cooley@ndsu.edu.

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