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.