Authentic Indian fry bread was the featured menu item at a luncheon hosted by ASDOH’s student chapter of the Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID) Wednesday, May 27. The luncheon was a campus-wide fundraiser as well as an opportunity to honor George Blue Spruce, D.D.S., M.P.H., ASDOH assistant dean for American Indian affairs.
Dr. Blue Spruce was presented with a framed copy of a recent article in the Arizona Republic featuring his continued commitment to recruiting and training American Indian dentists. Attendees also enjoyed music by traditional American Indian flute player Randy Kemp, and browsing native jewelry by Navajo artist Elouise John that was available for sale.
According to Nicole Gore, D4, SAID-ASDOH student chapter president and member of the Crown Nation of Montana, funds raised from the luncheon will help send at least one SAID-ASDOH student chapter member to the organization’s 2010 annual conference at Creighton University in Omaha, Nebraska. Funds will also help with the distribution of information, recruitment, and mentoring of American Indian and Alaska Native dental students.