Roxanne Struthers, PhD, RN, CHTP, AHN-BC, CTN, a pioneering American Indian nursing educator, researcher, author, healer and leader, passed away on December 10, 2005 at the age of 53. Dr. Struthers, an assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Nursing, was one of only 14 American Indians to hold a doctorate in nursing. At the time of her death, she was president-elect of the National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA) and was serving on the Department of Health and Human Services’ National Advisory Council on Nurse Education and Practice.

Dr. Struthers was a member of the Red Lake Ojibwe tribe and was born and raised on the White Earth Reservation in northwestern Minnesota. She earned her PhD in nursing from the University of Minnesota in 1999. A certified healing touch practitioner, holistic nurse and certified transcultural nurse, Dr. Struthers was internationally recognized for her research on Indian health issues, including diabetes, tobacco use, traditional Indian healing and historical trauma. With her NANAINA colleague Dr. John Lowe, she published a groundbreaking model for culturally competent Indian nursing practice, as part of the Nursing in Native American Culture project.

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