University of North Dakota Faculty/Staff Newsletter

RAIN program celebrates American Indian Heritage Month

In 1990 President George H. W. Bush approved a joint resolution designating November "National American Indian Heritage Month." Similar proclamations, under variants on the name (including "Native American Heritage Month" and "National American Indian and Alaska Native Heritage Month") have been issued each year since 1994. In recognition of American Indian Heritage Month, the College of Nursing and Professional Disciplines would like to acknowledge and honor our Recruitment/Retention of American Indians Into Nursing (RAIN) Program.

The CNPD celebration of American Indian Heritage month will feature displays of American Indian culture by the RAIN program throughout the college; specifically a display of our North Dakota tribal nations.  Also, posters of the UND “More Than Beads and Feathers” campaign will be displayed.

The RAIN Program has been an integral part of our college since 1990 and has contributed to the success of our American Indian students; 167 have obtained BSN degrees and 43 AI nurses have earned masters. Five of the RAIN alumni have attended other institutions and earned a Ph.D.’s in Nursing and one has earned her Juris Doctorate.

Interim Dean Steve Light and the College of Nursing & Professional Disciplines would like to thank the RAIN Program staff and students for contributing to an exceptional college and university. For more information on the RAIN program or American Indian Heritage Month, please contact Barb Anderson, program coordinator, Nursing, at 777.4323 or at

-- Barb Anderson, program coordinator, Nursing, 777.4323,

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