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8th Annual Mount Sinai Global Health Conference

Friday, February 26, 2010 at 5:30 PM - Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 5:00 PM (EST)

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Indigenous Health
ary 26 - 27, 2010


Register NOW for this FREE Conference!

PLEASE NOTE: The conference proceedings WILL GO AHEAD AS PLANNED despite the current weather forecast.

VENUE CHANGE: The response to this year's conference has been overwhelming positive.  Since we are expecting a larger than expected number of attendees, we have changed the location of the conference to the STERN AUDITORIUM, located at 1468 Madison Avenue @ 100th Street. 

See below for updated conference program.  We look forward to an exciting and informative event.  If you have not already done so, please register (see above)

Registration is FREE and open to the public. 

There are an estimated 370 million indigenous peoples living in more than 70 countries worldwide. They represent a rich diversity of cultures, religions, traditions, languages and histories; yet continue to be among the world's most marginalized population groups.

Indigenous peoples remain on the margins of society: they are poorer, less educated, die at a younger age, are much more likely to commit suicide, and are generally in worse health than the rest of the population (The Indigenous World 2006, International Working Group on Indigenous Affairs (IWGIA), ECOSOC Consultative Status)

Few have been more marginalized and ignored by Washington for as long as Native Americans, our first Americans...I know what it means to feel ignored and forgotten, and what it means to struggle, so you will not be forgotten as long as I'm in this White House.  (President Barack Obama, White House Tribal Nations Conference, Nov. 2009)

The next annual Mount Sinai Global Health Conference will showcase a range of indigenous health issues... register today and join other students, physicians, academics, activists, and community members to learn more about the critical health issues facing indigenous groups both here in the United States and across the globe.


Conference Schedule

Friday, February 26, 2010

5:30pm | Wine and Cheese/ Networking Session

6:30pm | Welcome and Screening of the Award-Winning Documentary Film,
 The Battle for Whiteclay

8pm |  Discussion with the filmmakers, Mark Vasina and Frank LaMere


Saturday, February 27, 2010

9am | Conference Sign-in

10am  | Speaker Presentation: Steven Donziger, Aguida vs. ChevronTexaco, Ecuador

11am | Speaker Presentation: Ricardo Palma, Xingu Indian Park, Brazil

12pm | Complimentary Lunch/ Poster Session

1pm  | Speaker Presentation: Cynthia Lindquist, Spirit Lake Dakota Reservation

2pm | Small Group Discussions

3pm | Keynote Speaker: Winona LaDuke, White Earth Land Recovery Project

4pm | Closing Remarks



The Battle for Whiteclay

**Awarded Best Political Documentary at the
2009 New York International Independent Film Festival


BATTLE FOR WHITECLAY is a documentary film about a century-old problem.  The film takes an in-depth look the State of Nebraska’s refusal to halt alcohol sales to the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation from its border town of Whiteclay.  The Battle for Whiteclay follows Indian activists Frank LaMere, Duane Martin Sr. and Russell Means through the streets of Whiteclay to the halls of Nebraska’s State Capitol in their efforts to end alcohol sales in the place many have dubbed “skid row on the prairie.”




Frank LaMere

Frank LaMere, featured prominently in The Battle for Whiteclay, is a member of the Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska and a noted social and political activist from South Sioux City, Nebraska. He is generally regarded as the architect of the movement to stop the illegal flow of alcohol from Nebraska onto the dry Pine Ridge Indian Reservation in South Dakota. A member of the Democratic National Committee where he sits on the Executive Committee, he chaired the Native Caucus in the last three national conventions as a superdelegate. He is the highest ranking Native American in any party organization.

Mark Vasina

Mark Vasina is a documentary filmmaker living in Lincoln, Nebraska. Born and raised in a small town in eastern Nebraska, he moved to Lincoln after high school to attend the University of Nebraska. He was active in the early years of Lincoln’s Open Harvest Food Cooperative. In 2000, Mark became active with Nebraskans for Peace, the oldest surviving statewide peace and justice organization in the nation. He has been a member of the NFP board since 2002, serving as president from 2005 to 2007, and treasurer in 2008 and 2009. His interest in Whiteclay was sparked in 2003 by NFP members who had worked for several years with Frank LaMere and others to address concerns about Nebraska’s licensing of alcohol sales in Whiteclay. In early 2003 he was introduced to Mr. LaMere and made his first visit to Whiteclay. He has devoted over five years to filming and reporting on this story.


Steven Donziger - Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco, Ecuador

Donziger is the lead U.S. Attorney in the case of Aguinda v. ChevronTexaco. The case pits 30,000 Ecuadoreans who claim oil drilling done by Texaco (now owned by Chevron) has lead to untold amounts of pollution of water and land where the Ecuadoreans live. 

He worked as a journalist for United Press International and freelanced for four years, filing more than 150 stories from Central America.  Donziger currently practices criminal defense law and international environmental law in New York City. He received his J.D. from Harvard Law School.

For more information, see Lawyer Steven Donziger On Chevron's Warped Values In Ecuador

There is also a living record of the contamination from witness testimony: the indigenous people and campesinos of the region, whose children bathed in, played in and drank petroleum-laced water. Evidence has been presented from peer-reviewed academic journals that post-Texaco life on the Amazon saw cancer rates – including childhood leukemia – three times higher than rates in the rest of Ecuador. There is also evidence of elevated rates of miscarriages due to exposure to oil contamination and extensive anecdotal evidence of birth defects. After visiting the region last year, U.S. Rep. James P. McGovern wrote in a letter to President Barack Obama, "As an American citizen, the degradation and contamination left behind by this U.S. company in a poor part of the world made me angry and ashamed."

Donziger is featured in the film, Crude, which won Cinema for Peace’s Prestigious International Green Film Award (



Ricardo Palma - Xingu Indian Park, Brazil

Ricardo Palma has been working in indigenous health issues since 1992, and has previously worked in Xingu Indian Park in Brazil.  In the heart of Brazil, the Xingu Indian park occupies 7 million acres of dense green forest and grassland cut by the Xingu River and its tributaries that run to the Amazon basin.  Over past decades, Indians have seen their lands and natural resources destroyed and have themselves been dispossessed and displaced.  Many have succumbed to diseases.  Of 2-4 million Indians thought to have lived in Brazil in the year 1500, 350 000 remain (0.2% of the country's population), mostly living in villages in poor health conditions, and by and large indistinguishable from the mass of poor Brazilians.  In the absence of a national policy to ensure comprehensive health care to indigenous populations, the Xingu health-care programme has been an unique initiative that has provided health care to Indians for nearly 40 years.  From the beginnning of the project, the concern has been the preservation of Indian culture and respect for their traditional medicine.


For more information, see Health care in indigenous populations: the Xingu Indian park. by Carla Finger. In the Lancet Extreme medicine. Vol 362. December 2003. (

Cynthia Lindquist - Spirit Laka Dakota Reservation

Cynthia Lindquist, whose Dakota name is Ta'sunka Wicahpi Win - Star Horse Woman, is from the Spirit Lake Dakota Reservation in North Dakota.   Her career has included administrative and teaching positions with Indian health Services and the Medical School at University of North Dakota. She has garnered many honors including being a Bush Foundation leadership Fellow, serving on the Barbara Jordan Health Policy advisory board, and serving with the Council of Public Representatives, which advises the Director of the National Institutes of Health. In April 2004, Cynthia was appointed to the National Advisory Council on Indian Education, an advisory body to the Secretary of Education; she is chairperson.

She became President of Cankdeska Cikana Community College in 2003. During her presidency, the college has grown and is assuming a leadership position in American Indian higher education, particularly among tribal colleges.


Winona LaDuke - White Earth Land Recovery Project


Winona LaDuke is an Anishinaabekwe (Ojibwe) enrolled member of the Mississippi Band Anishinaabeg who lives and works on the White Earth Reservations, and is the mother of three children. As Program Director of the Honor the Earth Fund, she works on a national level to advocate, raise public support, and create funding for frontline native environmental groups. She also works as Founding Director for White Earth Land Recovery Project.

In 1994, Winona was nominated by Time magazine as one of America's fifty most promising leaders under forty years of age. She has been awarded the Thomas Merton Award in 1996, the BIHA Community Service Award in 1997, the Ann Bancroft Award for Women's Leadership Fellowship, and the Reebok Human Rights Award, with which she began the White Earth Land Recovery Project. A graduate of Harvard and Antioch Universities, Winona has written extensively on Native American and Environmental issues. She is a former board member of Greenpeace USA and serves, as co-chair of the Indigenous Women's Network, a North American and Pacific indigenous women's organization. In 1998, Ms. Magazine named her Woman of the Year for her work with Honor the Earth. Also in 1997, her first novel, "Last Standing Woman", was published by Voyager Press. In 1999, South End Press published "All Our Relations", a non-fiction book on Native environmental struggles.


The Colbert Report Mon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Winona LaDuke
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THIS IS A FREE CME Activity - Eligible participants may receive up to 4 FREE CME Credits


Goals and Objectives

The overall goal of this conference is to inform participants of the critical issues in Indigenous Health both here in the United States and globally.



At the conclusion of the conference, the participant should be able to:

·          Define and discuss the meaning of the term, Indigenous

·          Identify the major health problems of indigenous populations.

·          Examine the major difficulties, trends and factors that affect Indigenous Health

·          Recognize the importance for all health professionals to respect Indigenous knowledge

·          Recognize the importance of community participation in Indigenous health services, and the need for inclusion of Indigenous peoples onto the international health and development agenda

Target Audience

Physicians, Medical Students, Public Health Professionals and Students, Employees of Non-Governmental Organizations, Academics, Activists, Community Leaders and Educators

Accreditation Statement

The Mount Sinai School of Medicine is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Continuing Medical Education to provide continuing medical education for physicians.

Credit Designation Statement

The Mount Sinai School of Medicine designates this educational activity for a maximum of 4.0 AMA PRA Category 1 Credit(s)TM.  Physicians should only claim credit commensurate with the extent of their participation in the activity.

Disclosure Policy Statement

It is the policy of Mount Sinai School of Medicine to ensure objectivity, balance, independence, transparency, and scientific rigor in all CME-sponsored educational activities.  All faculty participating in the planning or implementation of a sponsored activity are expected to disclose to the audience any relevant financial relationships and to assist in resolving any conflict of interest that may arise from the relationship.  Presenters must also make a meaningful disclosure to the audience of their discussions of unlabeled or unapproved drugs of devices.  This information will be available as part of the course material.  

Each year, the Mount Sinai Global Health Center hosts a conference to bring together physicians, students, public health professionals, academics, activists, community leaders and educators to provide an opportunity to explore recent scientific developments and to create a forum for interdisciplinary interactions.  Past conferences have explored such relevant themes as International Development and Aid, Environmental Health, and the Health Consequences of the War in Iraq. 


The 8th Annual Mount Sinai Global Health Conference is supported by the Rosenbluth Foundation, and the Mount Sinai School of Medicine Master of Public Health Program.


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When & Where

Mount Sinai School of Medicine | Stern Auditorium
1468 Madison Avenue
New York, 10029

Friday, February 26, 2010 at 5:30 PM - Saturday, February 27, 2010 at 5:00 PM (EST)

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