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MORE Director Celebrates Opening of American Indian Museum
By Susan Athey, NIGMS

Clifton Poodry, Ph.D., director of the NIGMS Division of Minority Opportunities in Research (MORE), was among a number of NIH employees who participated in the opening ceremonies of the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, DC, in September. Poodry, a member of the Tonawanda Seneca Indian tribe, walked in the procession on the National Mall with fellow members of the American Indian Science and Engineering Society. Over 25,000 people participated in the procession, representing more than 400 Indian tribes.

"It was a spectacular day that brought together people from many nations in celebration of a long-anticipated event," Poodry said.

"There was a pervasive feeling of good will and hope, and of course a deep feeling of pride. The size and diversity of the procession was awesome."



photo of Clifton Poodry participating in procession

Clifton Poodry participates in the museum's opening procession alongside Debbie Sweitzer (center), a health program assistant with the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute; and Becky Tudisco (right), the equal employment opportunity manager for the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases.