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USD Sanford School of Medicine Presents 3rd Annual Distinguished Lecture in Native American

Photo of J.R. LaPlante. The USD Sanford School of Medicine will host J.R. LaPlante for the 3rd annual Distinguished Lecture in Native American Health.

VERMILLION, S.D. – The University of South Dakota Sanford School of Medicine will present the 3rd annual Distinguished Lecture in Native American Health on Monday, April 23, on the USD campus in Vermillion.  The lecture features J.R. LaPlante, J.D., Director of Tribal Relations at Avera Health.

LaPlante’s lecture, titled “Tribal Health for the 21st Century: Righting an Historical Wrong,” will take place in the Andrew E. Lee Memorial Medicine and Science Building, Room 111, from 12-1 p.m.

LaPlante, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe, is a 2009 graduate of the USD School of Law. Prior to his work at Avera Health he served as South Dakota’s first Secretary of Tribal Relations, and has also served as an Assistant United States Attorney and a tribal court judge.

The lecture is free and open to the public.  A simulcast videoconference of the lecture will be available at USD Sanford School of Medicine campuses in Yankton, Sioux Falls and Rapid City.



USD's Sanford School of Medicine is nationally known for excellence. With its award-winning curriculum, the school prepares medical students to practice in all fields of medicine and is particularly recognized and ranked for its reputation in family medicine and rural medicine. In addition to the M.D., it offers graduate degrees in basic biomedical science, sustains a vibrant and forward-looking research agenda, and is home to the interdisciplinary Center for Brain and Behavioral Research.


Founded in 1862 and the first university in the Dakotas, the University of South Dakota is the only public liberal arts university in the state, with 202 undergraduate and 84 graduate programs in the College of Arts & Sciences, School of Education, Knudson School of Law, Sanford School of Medicine, School of Health Sciences, Beacom School of Business and College of Fine Arts. With an enrollment of nearly 10,000 students and more than 400 faculty, USD has a 16:1 student/faculty ratio, and it ranks among the best in academics and affordability. USD’s 18 athletic programs compete at the NCAA Division I level.


Hanna DeLange
USD News