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Arne Vainio Cloquet 2011

Päivitetty: 22. tammik. 2020

11th Finglish trip August 2011 #30

Arne Vainio is a Finndian. He was born in Chisholm, Minnesota to a full-blood Ojibwe mother and a Finnish father. He completed his undergraduate studies in 1990 at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, entered the University of Minnesota Medical School – Duluth and graduated in 1994.  He completed his Family Practice Residency Program at the Seattle Indian Health Board and Providence Hospital in Seattle, Washington in 1997. 

Dr. Arne Vainio is an enrolled member of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe and a family practice doctor on the Fond Du Lac reservation in Cloquet. Dr. Arne Vainio has a passion for raising the expectations of today's generation of young Native Americans. When Vainio tells young Native Americans that they can overcome cultural barriers and succeed in medicine and other professions, he can point to himself as a prime example.

Dr. Vainio is featured in the 2009 Emmy nominated American Indian health documentary film “Walking Into The Unknown,” in PBS’s WDSE-TV Native Report’s “Health Matters” weekly segment, and in “We Are Healers” a Native produced film series. 

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