Dr. Arne Vainio

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Dr. Arne Vainio

Dr. Arne Vainio, an Ojibwe physician on the Fond du Lac Reservation in northern Minnesota, is about to have his fiftieth birthday. As a doctor, he encourages his patients approaching the age of fifty to come in for a series of health screenings to determine their risk for health conditions such as diabetes and colon cancer that have tendencies to appear at midlife. Despite the life prolonging benefits of obtaining these screenings, many men are reluctant to undergo the tests, including Dr. Vainio.

Dr. Vainio is the main focus of the 2009 Emmy nominated American Indian health documentary Walking into the Unknown. In the film, Dr. Vainio, who is approaching the age of fifty, undergoes the same series of medical screenings he recommends for his patients. In this Native Word presentation, production assistant/reporter Ben Kreimer speaks with Dr. Vainio about his work on Walking into the Unknown.

Written by Ben Kreimer.

Interviews conducted and edited by Ben Kreimer.

 
 

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A provocative film from the American Indian perspective that reframes today’s controversial energy debate while the fate of the environment hangs in the balance.

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Complement classroom discussion about America's energy future with this film, and help students comprehend the debate about the best use of natural resources.