CICR team

Center for Indigenous Cancer Research

The Center for Indigenous Cancer Research launched at Roswell Park in January 2020 with a simple and ambitious goal: to reduce the impact of cancer on indigenous communities regionally, nationally and internationally.

Indigenous communities face some of the greatest cancer health disparities, higher mortality rates and persistent challenges in health equity. To tackle these challenges, the center draws upon a unique set of resources, applying the lessons of both academic medicine and Indigenous knowledge, building on the strength and resilience of Indigenous peoples, and collaborating with several sovereign nations including the Seneca, Tuscarora, St. Regis Mohawk and Kahnawake Mohawk. An international collaborative research network includes Indigenous researchers from Norway, New Zealand and Pacific Island Nations.

Inspired by Indigenous knowledge and ancestral wisdom, this historic and monumental  center will advance cutting-edge cancer research and lead to translatable science, medicine and cancer care for Indigenous territories, Nations and populations world-wide. Rodney Haring, PhD, MSW 
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Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, NY, among the first to be designated by the National Cancer Institute, is situated in the homelands of the Haudenosaunee or Iroquois Confederacy — a league of Indigenous Nations who have the first treaties with the United States. The work of the CICR reflects Haudenosaunee principles of Strength, Peace and the “Good Mind.”

What We Do

The Center for Indigenous Cancer Research aims to create a culturally-attuned continuum of cancer care from prevention through survivorship. Working with our partners across borders and waters of North America, we coordinate educational events, hosts health screenings, conduct research and develop action plans to address not only cancer health disparities, but larger issues that impact wellness, such as human’s relationship with the environment. Our efforts in both urban and rural settings include education and collaborative research in these areas of focus:

  • Cancer prevention and behavioral intervention
  • Cancer screenings
  • Clinical trials
  • Summer research experience opportunities to engage students in indigenous cancer research

Mission Statement

The Center for Indigenous Cancer Research aims to honor the values of Indigenous Knowledge, sovereignty, and respect for the environment through community-driven partnerships, collaborative research and education to reduce the impact of cancer on Indigenous communities regionally, nationally and internationally.

Get Involved

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Whether you are a researcher, student, partner or advocate, we have several opportunities for you or your organization to engage with the Center for Indigenous Cancer Research:

  • Sign up for our quarterly eNewsletter, The Talking Circle
  • Request a cancer education class
  • Request technical assistance
  • Propose research project ideas
  • Promote our work
  • Apply for our internship opportunities
  • Donate to the Native American Outreach Fund at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sign Up Today

Sign up for our quarterly eNewsletter, The Talking Circle, to stay up-to-date with our work and what’s going on at Roswell Park.

Our Team

Rodney C. Haring, PhD, MSW
Director, Center for Indigenous Cancer Research
Seneca Nation/Beaver Clan

Whitney Ann Henry, BS
Research Assistant
Tuscarora

William Maybee, BS, CSCS
Community Relations Coordinator
Seneca Nation/Bear Clan

Josie Raphaelito, MPH
Research Coordinator
Diné/Navajo

David Mattson, Jr., MD
Assistant Professor of Oncology
Department of Radiation Medicine
CICR Clinical Advisor
Native Hawaiian

Inter-Tribal Community Advisory Board (CAB)

The Roswell Park Center for Indigenous Cancer Research is funded by Roswell Park along with NCI/NIH grants, donors, endowments and foundation support.

Roswell Park holds a cancer-focused, Memorandum-of-Understanding with Indian Health Services. View our Press Release