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LaFromboise, Teresa Davis (1949-)
Jacqueline S. Gray
Teresa Davis LaFromboise was born in a small southern Indiana town. She is of American Indian (Miami Nation) and European descent and is best known for her work in American Indian adolescent suicide prevention. LaFromboise began her career as a middle school art and language arts teacher with the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and later the Saginaw Chippewa in Michigan, where she also worked with the Johnson-O'Malley Program. Noticing that 80% of the American Indian students on the Saginaw Chippewa reservation were dropping out of school, she sponsored a group of her students to participate in Suitcase Theatre, a national youth performing arts program that aimed to empower youth and promote respect for cultural diversity. As LaFromboise became more aware of how limited her opportunities were, as a teacher, to impact student issues, she wrote a grant that was funded to provide counseling services for the Saginaw Chippewa middle ...