At the Center of American Indian and Minority Health, we’re working to make a positive impact on American Indian and Alaska Native health. In partnership with Native American communities, university experts, and nonprofit leaders, we accomplish this mission through education, research, and outreach. The center is based at the University of Minnesota Medical School, Duluth campus.
Our symbol: Miinens + Manidoominens + Pathways
The center's symbol shows cycles, representing how our students rise to their full potential through a committed lifelong journey of learning and service.
In Ojibwe, Miinens means hawthorn (the plant shown), comes from the word for seed, and is also medicine. Manidoominens is the word for beadwork and for bead. The concepts are closely linked—seeds were the original beads.
This imagery draws on the fullness of potential that lies within each seed; the spiral path of beadwork that begins with just one bead; and the plant's stages in each season.
As our students return to their communities to serve and inspire, the cycle begins again for younger generations.