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Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • NDSU director, Warne, nominated for U.S. surgeon general

  • The director of North Dakota State University’s Master of Public Health program has the backing of two national American Indian organizations to become the country’s next surgeon general.
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  • The director of North Dakota State University’s Master of Public Health program has the backing of two national American Indian organizations to become the country’s next surgeon general.
    Donald Warne was among the list of four nominees given to President Barack Obama on July 3 by the National Indian Health Board and the National Congress of American Indians.
    Current U.S. Surgeon General Regina Benjamin, appointed to the job in 2009, announced June 12 that she would resign this month.
    Warne said that while he’s proud to be nominated, he’ll be vying for the job with many other qualified candidates.
    “My sense of it is there’s significant competition, so it’s not something that I’m counting on at all,” he said. “I’m just very honored to be in the discussion.”
    Warne was born into a family with a focus on health care. His mother was a public health nurse in the Indian Health Service, and several uncles were healers in the traditional Lakota way of medicine in Pine Ridge, S.D.
    If appointed, Warne said one of the biggest challenges he would try to address is the lack of access to health care and basic services for many in the country, especially among those in poverty who are disproportionately racial minorities.

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