Jacque Gray receives award for work to help Native peoples

Jacque Gray (left) accepts the Mackey Award from Anne-Helene Skinstad, director of the National American Indian & Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center.
Jacque Gray (left) accepts the Mackey Award from Anne-Helene Skinstad, director of the National American Indian & Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center.

Jacque Gray received the Dr. Duane Mackey Lectureship and Award at the Great Plains Behavioral Health Conference in Rapid City, S.D., 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 of the Center for Rural Health for indigenous programs at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences.

Gray lectured on “Many Pathways: Trails to the Future” September 18. The following day, she was presented with the award.

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.