Journey of Wellness in Indian Country - "We need our friends and family to be our doctors"

Apr 11, 2016

Four-year-old Grace Lhokta gets down to business, maple syruping with her family at White Earth
Credit Photo courtesy Laura Lhokta

Laura Lhokta was raised on the White Earth Nation in northwestern Minnesota, and she's looking forward to going back when she completes her schooling.

Laura is a medical student at UMD who plans to go home to her tribal community after she graduates.

She talks of the family and friends she has cheering her on back home, but admits it's not that way for every kid on the reservation.

"They don't have someone in their life that tells them to dream, to succeed, to believe in themselves." she says.  "I really think I can be that kind of person in a kid's life. ... even if it's just one, say I mentor one kid and they make it and come back home and
work and maybe take over for me someday; that's success."