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Cecil White Hat, a principal planner and program consultant for the American Indian Program within the Department'sAlcohol and Drug Abuse Division, received a lifetime achievement award from the Minnesota Association of Resources for Recovery and Chemical Health (MARRCH). White Hat was honored at the 43rd annual MARRCH Conference, held in October at the RiverCentre in St. Paul.
White Hat was recognized for more than 30 years of work in the field of addiction. White Hat's career includes teaching in higher education about American Indian issues and American Indian addiction, working as a licensed alcohol and drug counselor, serving as chairman on the American Indian Advisory Council and the Cultural Diversity Committee with the Minnesota Department of Health.
White Hat was also a 2011 recipient of the Dr. Duane Mackey Waktayanaji Award for distinguished contributions to addiction treatment, education and advocacy for human rights among Native Americans.