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Melissa Buffalo, MS

Han mitakuyepi! I am an enrolled member of the Meskwaki Nation in Iowa, and Dakota from the Crow Creek and Lower Brule Sioux Tribes. I grew up in South Dakota and come from a large extended family. I received my undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota – Twin Cities, and earned an MS in Human Development from South Dakota State University. As the Cancer Equity Manager, I am committed to working with and for our tribal communities, both urban and rural as we support our loved ones with opportunities to heal, emotionally, historically, spiritually, and physically from the burdens of cancer. I do this work because of the lasting impacts of cancer on my immediate and extended family. We know many cancers are preventable, and our people deserve access to those preventative resources that keep them healthy for themselves, their families and communities.