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Nora Franceschini

Study Finds Variant that Confirms Shared Genetic Risk for Kidney Disease Among Hispanics, American Indians

A new study has found an Amerindian-specific genetic variant that influences a kidney trait in Hispanics/Latinos, thereby confirming shared genetic risk for kidney disease among Hispanics/Latinos and American Indians. The study extends earlier work by the authors, published Sept. 20, 2016, in  Journal of the American Society of Nephrology (JASN). The research reported certain African-ancestry variants… Read more »

Photo Credit: Kara Stewart (Sappony), Art in Photography

AIC 2016 Report Creating Native Student Access and Success in Higher Education

December 21, 2016

In 2014, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill signed a resolution with North Carolina tribes resolving to hold an annual gathering of the eight North Carolina native nations on campus to hear directly from tribes about ways the University can support tribal sovereignty, self-determination and Native nation rebuilding through research, teaching and service…. Read more »

Gavin Bell

Student Fights for Recognition, Respect of Lumbee Tribe

November 18, 2016

Even as a middle-class child growing up in Durham, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill senior Gavin Bell understood what it meant to be a Lumbee Indian. He knew his family roots ran deep in Robeson County because of the stories his mother and father told about what it was like growing up in… Read more »

Cinthia Pecina ’17. Photo by Myra Jo ’17.

Cinthia Pecina ’17 Awarded 2017 WomenNC Fellowship

November 3, 2016

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill student Cinthia Pecina ’17 was awarded the 2017 Commission on the Status of Women Fellowship by WomenNC. The 2017 program requires fellows to research a topic concerning women’s rights, investigate local efforts to promote gender equality and write a policy paper. In the spring, fellows will have the… Read more »

Chelsea Barnes helps distribute supplies to Hurricane Matthew victims in the Lumbee tribe in Robeson County, North Carolina.

Native American Law Students Association Helps Storm Victims

October 28, 2016

After Hurricane Matthew, Chelsea Barnes, a second-year law student at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill took a break from hitting the books to hit the road. Barnes drove to Robeson County, North Carolina, to volunteer at a distribution point to help storm victims in the Lumbee tribe. Barnes organized a supply drive… Read more »