- Mandan, Hidatsa, and Arikara Nation
- Areas of Expertise
- Public Health Research
Kathryn R. Eagle-Williams, whose traditional name is Red Cedar Women is an enrolled member of the Arikara of the Three Affiliated Tribes although her bloodline is Santee Dakota. She was raised on her homelands in White Shield, ND. and is a daughter, mother, auntie, grandmother, and wife. She was chosen and honored to be the mother of Ashley, Veronica, and Tristen. Raised by her parents June A. (Fox) and Thomas Young Eagle, Jr. and grandmother, Veronica T. Eagle to be a leader, she is currently the Chief Executive Officer for the Elbowoods Memorial Health Center and has been 7 plus years.
Her passion is healthcare and has earned a Doctorate of Medicine and a Master’s in Public Health Policy and Management from the University of Arizona. She values our traditional ways of healing and wellness. She believes that the health of our nations will improve through modeling healthy lifestyles, and practicing our traditional ways of healing the mind, body, and spirit while re-establishing our sense of family, community, and tribal sovereignty.
The red cedar tree is a significant symbol of everlasting life and resilience for the Arikara. Kathryn knows that her traditional name Red Cedar Women has helped shape her into the woman she is. Dr. Eagle is strong, resilient, and a survivor who believes in herself, her community, and her cultural ways of life and living.