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 December 1, 2010, Volume 2

Native American high schoolers learn about medicinal careers
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Michigan: Northern Michigan University recently hosted their third Medicine Wheel Academy. The Academy introduced 24 teens from Michigan's Native communities to the field of health care.

The three-day workshop included activities such as nursing, blood typing, nutrition, and surgery.  Organizers say it's a popular event and a great way to educate the teens about career options.

"I think it's a good thing to expose high school students to the options that they have," says student coordinator Alexandra Maxwell.  "Especially for the Native Americans who are so under-represented in the health care fields.  It's really good to inspire them to really want to reach those goals of getting into health care."

NMUs Center for Native American Studies hosted the event. They plan another Medicine Wheel Academy in May.

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