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Medical Student Incorporates Indigenous Medicine


by Galen Patterson

Leo John Bird, a member of the AmskapiiPiikanii tribe, is known to his community as Piitahsoowatsis.

A senior at Stanford University in California, Bird is majoring in Comparative Studies in Race and Ethnicity and Native American Studies. He comes from a culture that stresses family and equality, and it impacts his life as well as his aspirations.

What makes Bird unique is his plan. He set out to become a physician, but he changed his path to incorporate more into the profession.

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