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MADD president to keynote Native American lifesavers conference
14 May 2004

BISMARCK, ND - The president of Mother's Against Drunk Driving is the keynote speaker for the 6th Annual Native American Lifesavers Conference set for July 13 and 14 at United Tribes Technical College. MADD national president Wendy J. Hamilton will speak at 10 a.m. July 13 in the lower level of the Jack Barden Center on the college campus.

      Hamilton was launched into drunk driving activism in 1984 by the tragedy of three separate drunk driving crashes that killed her sister, a nephew and a cousin. She served the organization in various capacities and founded chapters and state organizations in Indiana, Illinois, New York and Maryland. She now lives in Virginia.

      Her agenda as national president includes expanding MADD's membership by inspiring the public to "Get MADD All Over Again." She promotes victim issues and services; furthering initiatives to pass key lifesaving drunk driving legislation; and raising awareness about new research on growing brains and the devastating impact of underage drinking.

      A powerful spokeswoman for MADD, Hamilton was named one of "America's 50 Most Successful Women" in 2003. Her talk kicks off two days of meetings at UTTC devoted to the conference theme: "Implementing Effective Interventions for Injury Prevention in Indian Country."

      Conference topics include: Partnerships between federal, state and tribal agencies to work on suicide prevention; Injury prevention and the Indian Health Service; Environmental hazard assessment training in Indian Country; Emergency management preparedness for tribal governments; Transportation security; and effective law enforcement strategies for saving lives.

      Tex Hall, Chair of the National Congress of American Indians and Chairman of the Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation will present a luncheon talk on July 14. North Dakota First Lady Mikey Hoeven will conclude the conference with a talk at 3:30 p.m. on the same day.

      Conference sponsors are the Indian Health Service, Federal Emergency Management Agency, South Dakota Emergency Medical Services for Children, and Colorado State University. The event is coordinated by the UTTC Injury Prevention Program, the only accredited, two-year degree-granting program of its kind in the country.

      The advance registration fee is $100 prior to June 30. After July 1 the fee is $125 and includes refreshments, two noon meals and a T-shirt. The conference registration fee is waived for all UTTC students who register prior to June 30.

      For information about conference lodging contact the Best Western Ramkota Inn (701) 258-7700, Expressway Suites (701) 222-3311, and the Fairfield Inn (701) 223-9293.

      For more information about the conference, contact Dennis Renville, Michelle Schoenwald or Larry Carlson at (701) 255-3285 extension 1374.

 

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