Gray awarded for work to help American Indian community

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Dr. Jacque Gray has received the Dr. Duane Mackey Lectureship and Award at the Great Plains Behavioral Health Conference in Rapid City, South Dakota, in recognition of her contributions in the field of addiction. Gray serves as a research professor for the Department of Population Health and as the associate director for indigenous programs at the UND School of Medicine & Health Sciences Center for Rural Health.

At the Sept. 18 conference, Gray gave a lecture titled, “Many Pathways: Trails to the Future.”

The Dr. Duane Mackey “Waktaya Naji” Lecture and Award recognizes people who study addiction and have made valuable contributions in education, mentoring, research, and service among American Indians and/or Alaska Natives. In addition, the award honors those who have tirelessly promoted and lived the ideals of equality and justice for everyone.

The Mackey Lecture/Award was created in 2010 by what was then known as the Prairielands Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC) along with the South Dakota Prairielands ATTC Advisory Board. The lecture/award’s namesake, Dr. Duane Mackey, spent his live promoting equality through education.