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UTTC to host HIV-AIDS program
9 March 2007

BISMARCK, (UTN) - A program to raise awareness about HIV-AIDS among American Indians is scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at United Tribes Technical College.

      The program "Hecel Oyate Kinipikte" (So That the People May Live) is scheduled from 10 a.m. to noon in the multi-purpose room of the Lewis Goodhouse Wellness Center on the college campus in Bismarck.

      The UTTC observance is part of a first-time, nationwide effort organized and promoted by the Aberdeen Area Tribal Chairman's Health Board. According to the board, HIV-AIDS is on the rise among American Indians nationwide and in the Northern Great Plains.

      "We recently participated in 'World AIDS Day' but this time the focus is specifically on American Indians," said Suzanne Shields RN, UTTC Student Health Center director and guest speaker for the event. "In addition to raising awareness, this will be a time to remember those whose lives have been claimed by the illness."

      Members of the college staff and UTTC students will be involved in the event.

      March 21, the first day of spring, was chosen because Native people typically mark this time in the annual cycle of seasons and look to it as a time of new beginnings and rebirth.

      The event is open to the public. Refreshments will be served. For more information contact Suzanne Shields 701-255-3285 x 1332, sshields@uttc.edu.


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