Training a Generation of Dentists for Indian Reservations

Training a Generation of Dentists for Indian Reservations 1

Daniel Johnson for The Chronicle

Creighton U.'s dental school recruits and trains American Indian students to meet a desperate need for dental care on tribal reservations.

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Daniel Johnson for The Chronicle

Creighton U.'s dental school recruits and trains American Indian students to meet a desperate need for dental care on tribal reservations.

Growing up on the Pine Ridge Reservation, in South Dakota, Tracy Charging Crow recalls the eureka moment when she zeroed in on her chosen career.

She was a sophomore in high school, attending a health-care retreat sponsored by Creighton University, when a dental student encouraged her to try her hand at preparing a practice tooth for a filling. "I was looking for my niche, and the minute I drilled into that tooth, I knew I had found it," says the 26-year-old member of the Lakota Sioux