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Former St. Joe House offically renamed Wicozani Tipi

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Approximately 45 people attended the recent renaming ceremony for the building that houses the American Indian Health Research Program (AIHRP) at Black Hills State University. Left to right are: Kathy Langwell, AIHRP director; Jerry Krambeck, Spearfish mayor; Dr. Kay Schallenkamp, BHSU president; Wilmer Stampede Mesteth, Oglala Lakota elder, traditional medicine man, and spiritual leader; and Dr. Dan Farrington, senior researcher with the AIHRP.  

Approximately 45 people attended the recent renaming ceremony for the building that houses the American Indian Health Research Program (AIHRP) at Black Hills State University. The former St. Joe House was renamed Wicozani Tipi which means Health House in Lakota.

Dr. Dan Farrington, senior researcher with the AIHRP, and Kathy Langwell, AIHRP director, played key roles in developing the American Indian Health Research Program.  Both discussed how the program was established and how moving to the current location in January 2006 has been beneficial.

AIHRP staff were introduced by Farrington and BHSU President Kay Schallenkamp spoke. Wilmer Stampede Mesteth, Oglala Lakota elder, traditional medicine man, and spiritual leader, blessed the house through his prayers and smudging ceremonies. Spearfish Mayor Jerry Krambeck then issued a proclamation which included a list of the various disparity projects. Krambeck officially renamed the house Wicozani Tipi.

The AIHRP was started in fall 2002 when BHSU and the Montana-Wyoming Tribal Leaders Council were awarded a three-year, $1.05 million Project EXPORT grant from the National Institutes for Health/National Center for Minority Health and Health Disparities to conduct research and provide community education about American Indian health disparities.         

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