Society of American Indian Dentists holds 32nd meeting

Celebration: The Society of American Indian Dentists held its 32nd meeting in June in Isleta Pueblo, New Mexico. During the four-day event, participants shared strategies to improve access to care and increase the number of Native American students in the nation’s dental schools, and also honored the 2022 dental school graduates with a traditional blanketing ceremony. Pictured above from left are new graduates Natani Atsitty, D.D.S., Shanon Black, D.D.S., and Rachel Meek, D.M.D., who are joined by Frederick Jeremy John, D.M.D., SAID immediate past president; Cheryl Y. Lee-Butler, D.D.S., National Dental Association president; Manuel Cordero, D.D.S., CEO and executive director, Hispanic Dental Association; and Dr. Felicia Fontenot, D.D.S., SAID president. In bottom photo, attendees pose with George Blue Spruce, the first Native American dentist. Photos by Kevin Whitney Russell, courtesy of the Society of American Indian Dentists.


Attendees at the 2022 Society of American Indian Dentists surround Dr. George Blue Spruce.


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