Chelsey Luger named Native Nation Rebuilder

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School of Medicine & Health Sciences


The Bush Foundation’s Native Nation Rebuilders Program has named its rebuilders for 2015. Chelsey Luger of Grand Forks has been named among these rebuilders. Luger is a project coordinator for the Seven Generations Center of Excellence within the Center for Rural Health at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences.

Each year, the Bush Foundation selects a cohort of approximately 30 Rebuilders to participate in a two-year program. This is the sixth cohort of Rebuilders. In the first year, the Bush Foundation and its partner, the Native Nations Institute, provide access to ideas and information, expanded networks, leadership training and other resources for nation building. In the second year, Rebuilders use the tools and skills to implement action plans in which they engage in practical nation-building projects within their communities. Rebuilders are chosen through a selection committee composed of individuals with expertise in nation building. The committee evaluates each Rebuilder candidate according to his or her commitment to Native self-governance, knowledge of the issues facing his or her nation, and potential to help his or her nation.

Luger is an advocate for Indigenous health and wellness. She is Ojibwe (Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa) and Lakota (Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe). Luger grew up in Fort Yates and Grand Forks, North Dakota. She has a BA in Native American studies and history from Dartmouth College, and her master's in journalism from Columbia University. She is currently working on designing an information source and online community for young Native people who are committed to decolonizing foods and Indigenizing fitness.