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Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe (SRMT) is proud to announce that a program funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) is being implemented in partnership with Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and its Center for Indigenous Cancer Research (CICR) team. The four-year grant totaling nearly $2.2 Million from the National Institutes of Health establishes the Akwesasne Research Center for Health (ARCH) and includes two projects: Administrative Core Project and the Saint Regis Mohawk Research Scholars Programs.

“It is an honor to help lead the community in establishing our own Akwesasne Research Center for Health and designing our first project to focus on supporting and promoting student interests in community health,” said Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Health Services Director Michael Cook “We are grateful to have a strong partner in the Center for Indigenous Cancer Research and Roswell Park.” 

The Saint Regis Mohawk Research Scholars Programs are designed to support Mohawk students to enter, advance and remain in health and research careers that address Indigenous health issues, particularly in Akwesasne. The project includes three components: a virtual after-school club called the Mohawk Youth Health Ambassador Program; a three-week summer internship program at Roswell Park for Mohawk high school students; and a ten-week summer internship program at Roswell Park for Mohawk college students. Community members are invited to visit the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Education Division webpage to learn more about these new and exciting programs for our youth at https://www.srmt-nsn.gov/education/programs.

“We appreciate the strong leadership of the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and their efforts to establish the Akwesasne Research Center for Health. Our partnership will support the creation of health and education programming for future generations of Indigenous scientists,” says Center for Indigenous Cancer Research Director Rodney Haring.

The Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Health Services Division is the prime recipient of the National Institutes of Health grant and will coordinate directly with the Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Education Division to co-develop project planning, student curriculum, staff recruitment and implementation. Roswell Park and the Center for Indigenous Cancer Research serve as the research partners to support the projects and will work closely with Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe on student curriculum design, project implementation, and student summer internships at Roswell Park in Buffalo, NY.

The Administrative Core Project will support Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Health Services Division’s efforts to provide and integrate community-driven process and scientific leadership, administrative support and fiscal management, along with program evaluation expertise for current and future Akwesasne Research Center for Health projects.

All questions should be directed to Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe Education Division Director Stephanie Cook at Stephaniei.Cook@srmt-nsn.gov.

About Native American Research Centers for Health

The National Institute of General Medical Sciences in conjunction with multiple National Institutes of Health Institutes, Centers, and Offices have partnered with Indian Health Service to support the Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH). The Native American Research Centers for Health program supports opportunities for conducting research and career enrichment to meet the health needs prioritized by American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The newly awarded Akwesasne Research Center for Health is one of 29 Native American Research Centers for Health awards, and one of two awards based in the northeast. Learn more at https://www.nigms.nih.gov/capacity-building/division-for-research-capacity-building/native-american-research-centers-for-health-(narch).

About Center for Indigenous Cancer Research

The Center for Indigenous Cancer Research was launched at Roswell Park in 2020 with a simple and ambitious goal: to reduce the impact of cancer on Indigenous communities regionally, nationally, and internationally. Founded by Rodney Haring, PhD, MSW, an enrolled citizen of the Seneca Nation (Beaver Clan), the Center for Indigenous Cancer Research honors the values of Indigenous Knowledge, sovereignty, and respect for the environment through community-driven partnerships, collaborative research and education to reduce the impact of cancer on Indigenous communities. Learn more atwww.roswellpark.org/cicr , or contact us at (716) 845-5814.

About Roswell Park

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center is a community united by the drive to eliminate cancer’s grip on humanity by unlocking its secrets through personalized approaches and unleashing the healing power of hope. Founded by Dr. Roswell Park in 1898, it is the only National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer center in Upstate New York. Learn more at www.roswellpark.org, or contact us at 1-800-ROSWELL (1-800-767-9355) or ASKRoswell@RoswellPark.org.

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