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Native American men's health summit set April 1 at MSU

March 12, 2010

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A summit to discuss health and wellness issues among Native American men will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, April 1, in the Procrastinator Theater in Montana State University's Student Union Building.

The summit is free and open to the public, with lunch provided. The summit is held in conjunction with MSU Native American Awareness Week and Earth Rights conference, also held April 1. The MSU American Indian Council Pow Wow will be held April 2-3 at MSU's Brick Breeden Fieldhouse.

"Raising awareness of men's health issues and, specifically, appropriate screening decisions is critical for all. It is particularly important for Native American men in Montana who, for example, exhibit higher cancer incidence rates and mortality compared to Montana's non-Native population" said Paul Lachapelle MSU professor and health summit organizer. "This summit is an opportunity for Native American men to share personal health stories, learn more about preventative measures, and inspire others to be more health-conscious."

Special guests who will attend the summit will include Jim and Tim Real Bird and Sidney Fitzpatrick of the Crow Men's Health Project; Alma Knows His Gun McCormick of Messengers for Health; Shane Doyle, founder of the Buffalo Nations Leadership Group; Art McDonald of the Ashland Community Health Center; Victoria Augare, American Indian Screening Coordinator, MT Dept. of Public Health and Human Services; education, and Dr. Dave Berndt of the MSU Student Health Services.

A film about the Crow Men's Health Project will premiere during the summit.

The summit is sponsored by MSU Extension, Buffalo Nations Leadership Group, Crow Men's Health
Project, MSU Department of Health and Human Development, MSU Department of Native American Studies, the Center for Native Health Partnerships and the MSU Diversity Awareness Office.

For more information about the Native American men's health summit, go to

For more information about the "Earth Rights: Learning the Languages of Indigenous Environmentalism" conference during MSU Native American Awareness Week, go to

Paul Lachapelle (406) 994-3620, or Jim Real Bird (406) 638-3795,