Introducing Dr. Arne Vainio (Ogimaabines)

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My name is Arne Vainio, M.D. I’m a member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe of Minnesota. My Ojibwe name is Ogimaabines and I’m of the Eagle Clan. I’m a physician on the Fond du Lac Reservation in northern Minnesota.

As a doctor, I feel my primary role is that of a teacher and hopefully I can do this in a series of articles. My goal is to address complicated medical issues in a way that makes sense, and to empower people to take part in their own health care. This will include what I see as a physician and how that relates to and touches me. Even though I’m a physician, my story is not all that different from stories I see every day.

My family history is the family history of Native families everywhere.

Miigwech

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