Published February 5, 2017
OAKLAND – Excitement was in the atmosphere for the opening of Native American Health Center’s new building last Thursday in Oakland, California.
“Today we are celebrating another building that we bought a year ago and we remodeled it so we could expand our medical and dental program. We will have office space for our administrative offices that includes our human resources and billing departments,” Martin Waukazoo (Lakota), Native American Health Center’s chief executive officer.
The building was named Seven Generations.
Native American Health Center has been serving the American Indian community in Oakland since 1972. Currently, Native American Indian Center offers medical, dental, nutrition, WIC and youth services.
Waukazoo, originally from the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota, came to the San Francisco Bay area during the federal relocation period when American Indians were moved off Indian reservations and moved to urban centers around the country. He has been with American Indian Health Center for the past 35 years.
Dr. Alfonse Galindo is the dental director of Native American Health Center, a job he has held for 23 years.
“If I add up all the years I started in 1992 so if you calculate that would be that would be 23 years. The reason I don’t count the years is because I really love what I do, commented Dr. Galindo. “I have a passion for dentistry. And a passion to help people in the community. I give my wife credit for this saying she said ‘if you have a passion for what you do it seems you never work a day in your life.’”
The opening was attended by Max Chen from the U.S. Representative Barbara Lee’s office and other local dignitaries.
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