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Cancer Awareness Walk

Nebraska Indian Community College (NICC) in collaboration with the Santee Sioux Nation hosted a Cancer Awareness Walk on Friday, May 16 in Santee, NE.  The intent of the walk was to raise awareness about cancer and remember those in the community who lost their battle with the disease. 


The walk started at 10:00 am at Nebraska Indian Community College.  Roger Trudell, Chairman of the Santee Sioux Nation began the walk with a blessing and then everyone proceeded through town and ended at the Oyate Oyanke Community Center.  A meal was provided for those who walked and attended.  There were several speakers during the meal who spoke about many aspects of cancer including symptoms, overall health issues, and coping. 


Speakers during the meal included Roger Trudell and Ken James from Santee and Jody and Raymond Hawk of Virginia, MN.  Raymond Hawk is a member of the Santee Sioux Nation was the keynote speaker for the event.  Hawk has been a physician’s assistant for 33 years and gave a presentation on various types of cancer and ones more common to Native Americans.  Jody Hawk is a member of the Red Lake Ojibwe and is a cancer survivor.  She spoke about her own personal experience with cancer. 


The event was hosted and organized by Wyatt Thomas who hopes to have the Cancer Awareness Walk become an annual event in the community.