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Page 10 The Star May 2, 2011 Belcourt hospital Iosin r, tribal council Is honor for work By Logan Davis For The Star For Dr. Tom Walker, parting is re- .deed. such sweet sorrow. Though the Shakespearian com- parison may not be what he would actually say, the words really fit the situation. For long-time educator and English teacher. Councilwoman Zelma Peltier, she can relate to the memorable writing of long ago. Councilwoman Peltier presented the dedicated physician with a plaque of appreciation from the Turtle Mountain Tribal Council. on behalf of the Tribe last week. and the ex- pression was clear within the mo- ments she spoke the words that gave credence to the long-held phrase: "'On behalf of all of our tribal members who you have helped since you've been here. I want to tell you that we all are very sad to see you leave but we know as a Tribal Coun- cil. you have an opportunity that will bring you back to your family. But this plaque is something we hope helps you remember that we totally appreciated your compassion and true commitment to the health of our Turtle Mountain Chippewa people," Councilwoman Peltier told Dr. Walker in an informal ceremony last Friday, which was his last official day in clinic. Last Saturday, he was working upstairs in the hospital ward with his patients and transitioning them to other health care providers. Dr. Walker served in several ca- pacities while working at the Quentin Burdick Memorial Health Care Fa- cility in Belcourt. He was very ener- getic and caring to his patients needs because he felt he was placed in the profession of his dreams. Now that dream takes him back home to Fort Berthold, where he will become the Clinical Director of the Minni-Toho Health Clinic in New Town operated by the Three Affili- ated Tribes. "I really like Belcourt and this place could really be flying because of all of the potential here. When I was interviewed for the New Town position, they knew exactly what buttons to push and that main button was family. My father is enrolled there and that made a big difference in my decision," explained Dr. Walker. Councilwoman Peltier knows the value of good doctors in the local area. Although she is not happy to see him leave the local IHS facility, she wished him the best of luck in the future. "'At least he'll be taking care of his tribal members and we can't blame him for wanting to be closer to his family and relatives. But to lose such a good doctor is a real hard thing for us to endure, since it's so hard to get doctors recruited here. But we'll be trying to help this facil- ity recruit an@be the best we can be as a hospital and clinic. It's going to create some hardships anytime you lose a dedicated professional like Dr. Walker. He's been my brother-in- law's doctor for quite some time and he has done such a great job for him. just like I know he's done for every patient he's worked with. We're going to really miss him as a doctor and as a caring person," Council- woman Peltier noted. Dr. Walker will officially begin his duties as clinical director at Minni-Toho in New Town in about Turtle Mountain Tribal Councilwoman Zelma Peltier, left, awards Dr. Tom Walker a plaque of appreciation on behalf of the tribe. (Photo by Logan Davis) "For our people to lose his services is a big step back, but we have to regroup and try to find a suitable replacement to his spot on the IHS floor. It's just another barrier we have to get over in terms of our overall he " alth care, Curt Poitra, tribal councilman five weeks, after some preparatory Walker. training and some transition require- Dr. Walker is a graduate of the ments. University of North Dakota School "I remember about 20 years ago. I of Medicine in Grand Forks and spe- was a medical student doing training cializes in Internal Medicine. His here in Belcourt. Dr. (Vernon)Azure speciality in medicine makes him a was the attending physician and we very valuable asset to any health care admitted a patient. I was upstairs and facility, stated Tribal Councilman I looked around and saw the attend- and Vice-Chairman Curt Poitra. ing physician was native, the nurse "For our peopl~ to lose his serv- was native, the patient was native ices is a big step back. but we have and this was aplace that served na- to regroup and try to find a suitable tive people. It was at that moment replacement to his Spot on the IHS when I realized that I was in the kind floor," said Councilman Poitra. "It's of place that I always and would al- jusl another barrier we have to get ways be working in the rest of my over in terms of our overall health life. I am committed to that and will care. But like Zelma and the rest of never forget that day I knew my the tribal council. I wish him the best place in the professional world and of luck down in New Town. I know that I wanted to take care of my fel- the Tribal Council at Three Affiliated low native people. stated Dr is ver5 happy to get him." Treat your mother andyourself to a Spa Day Saturday, May 7 lO:OO a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (45-60 minutes each) s15.ooperperson Call (7Ol) 278-o812for appointments St. John 01dGym Featuringprestige skin care, color cosmetics, paraffin handwax, skin analysis andmore! Sponsoredby St. John Celebration in conjunction with reer cation anquet for Turtle Mountain Community High School Friday, May IS from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. Rolla Country Club. All advisory board members are invited. Meal: 5:00 p.m. Meeting: 6:00 p.m. Golf will be available - members are responsible for fees. State expands tax credit for gifts to charitable endowments North Dakotans have a new incen- tive to contribute to endowments held by the state's charitable nonprofit or- ganizations. Recently passed legisla- tion (SB 2160) empowers North Dakotans to give more and have a greater impact on causes they care about right here in the state. Individu- als who contribute more than $5,000 to a qualified North Dakota endow- ment may be eligible for a 40 percent tax credit up to a maximum credit of $10,000 or $20,000 per~couple. In ad- dition, financial institutions are now eligible for a tax credit for endowment gifts, the same credit provided to other North Dakota businesses. "Nonprofit organizations are an integral part of life in North Dakota and provide an astoianding array of services and benefits that improve our quality of life," says Dana Schaar, NDANO executive director. "This legislation is an investment in Noi'th Dakota because strong non- profit endowments provide long- term benefits for our state and its citizens through the work of the state's charitable nonprofits." The expanded state tax credit will keep money in North Dakota by en- couraging gifts to endowments that continue to give back over time, par- ticularly important as the state con- tinues to rank last in the country in in-state foundation assets. It will also build nonprofits' long-term sustain- ability by growing endowments as a stable funding source and maximiz- ing resources available to support an organization's charitable mission. "North Dakota is fortunate to ha*ae a surplus, and the state legisla- ture saw the wisdom of encouraging the support of endowment funds through the authorization of a tax credit for gifts to the endowment fund of a North Dakota charity," says Gordon Binek, vice president for col- lege advancement and executive di- rector of the Bismarck State College Foundation. "The tax credit for out- right gifts to endowment is an out- standing incentive for donors." Most importantly, this incentive en- courages charitable gifts to North Dakota nonprofits that are educating children, supporting the workforce. nu~ing the sick. supporting ~niors, el- evating the arts. mentoring youth and so much more. Charitable giving by in- dividuals and businesses in North Dakota builds communities and en- riches the lives of North Dakotans by supporting the work of the state's 3,300 charitable nonprofit organizations, tive to give back and help those less "North Dakota is very fortunate to fortunate in our state." be an island of economic power in The North Dakota Association of these trying times for our country," Nonprofit Organizations (NDANO) says Kevin Dvorak, president and worked closely with legislators and CEO of the North Dakota Commu-many other nonprofit leaders across nity Foundation. "Those who are the state to ensure passage of this ex- benefiting from this economic pros- panded giving incentive. 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