The 2005 Native American Child Health Advocacy Award was presented to Lori Griffin Byron, MD. Dr Byron was nominated by Kathleen Masis, MD, Acting Chief Medical Officer of the Billings Area IHS, for being a "tireless and effective advocate for Native American children's health in many significant ways during her tenure as pediatrician for the Crow Service Unit in the IHS".
Dr Byron has been a pediatrician with IHS in Crow Agency, Montana for 17 years. She obtained a BS and a BA from Kentucky Wesleyan College, her medical degree from University of Louisville, and completed her pediatric residency at the University of Alabama-Birmingham. She served three years as president of the Montana Chapter of the AAP. She began the first Reach Out and Read program on an Indian Reservation, and the first in Montana. She chairs the Child Protection and Mortality Review in her region, and has done much work related to child abuse and neglect. Her Crow Indian name is "She-Who-Keeps-Life-Sacred."