Thursday, April 18, 2013

Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College to offer Native American Perspectives on Health course

Posted by Anishinaabekwe *
April 18, 2013
Reprinted with permission.

BARAGA -- Raeanne Madison is offering a really cool class called Native American Perspectives on Health during Summer 2013 at the Keweenaw Bay Ojibwa Community College. This survey course is intended to introduce students to a number of health issues faced by contemporary Native American communities. Sample topics include Stroke, Cardiovascular disease, Diabetes, Cancer and Injury.

Activities include films, field trips, and artwork. The course is open to anyone who might be interested in learning about Ojibwa culture and health. Local health workers may be able to use their educational leave to take the course. Students from Northern Michigan University, Michigan Tech and Finlandia can receive up to 4 credits to transfer back to their schools.

Raeanne Madison, pictured here, is a member of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa Indians from Nett Lake, Minnesota. A recent graduate of Michigan Technological University, Raeanne is currently going back to school for a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She is interested in rural primary health care for reservation communities and especially in Diabetes education and nutrition. She is a graduate student at the University of Michigan and an EMT-First Responder. (Photo courtesy Raeanne Madison)

For more information email Register for the course by going to

* Learn more about Ojibwa heritage and culture and indigenous issues on the Anishinaabekwe blog.

[Editor's update: Through a misunderstanding, we published a photo of a Native American woman with this article yesterday, thinking it was Raeanne Madison. It was not. We regret the error, and we thank Ms. Madison for providing the correct photo.]

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