|Dr. Ruth Bol poses with Dr. David Smith (left), second president of the Society of American Indian Dentists; and Dr. George Blue Spruce, founder of the organization.|
Bol currently serves as President of The Society of American Indian Dentists (SAID), a national nonprofit organization comprised of professionals and students with a dedicated mission to improving the oral health and advocacy for American Indian/ Alaska Natives. The organization will donate $25,000 to the museum to produce additional programs, help them correct misperceptions about Native American history, and affirm the relevance and impact of Native Americans.
For Bol, the Inaugural Ball is a celebration as well as a chance to give back. A descendant of and official member of the Comanche Tribe, she grew up under the Indian Health Care system, which has sparked her passion to help underserved minorities find their way into the dental profession.
Throughout her studies, she achieved recognition as an Indian Health Service Scholar and went on to work with the American Indian Tribes as a Dentist and Dental Director for four years in Washington state. Her heritage and being involved is of utmost importance as she continually strives to stay active with her roots.
Other tribes including Pechanga Band of Luiseño Indians and Morongo Band of Mission Indians will also be key sponsors for the Inaugural night. The event will highlight the self-determination of Native nations and will raise support for the educational programs of the National Museum of the American Indian.