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News and Events

Get the latest announcements on SAMHSA’s efforts to address substance use among Native people. Access the newsletter, register for upcoming events, and more.


New Federal Effort to Curb Drug Overdoses in Indian Country

On December 16, 2015, the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP), Indian Health Service (IHS), and Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) hosted a press conference to announce an agreement to equip BIA officers with naloxone for responding to incidents of opioid overdose. A community forum on preventing and treating prescription drug misuse and heroin use followed the press conference. Access the IHS press release and a one-hour video of the community forum.

Federal Interagency Forum: Developing a Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda

On December 14, 2015, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) hosted a federal interagency forum to discuss the National Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda (TBHA). In response to tribal leaders’ requests for more federal interagency coordination, the forum offered an opportunity for federal officials to acknowledge current behavioral health activities that support the foundational elements of the TBHA. For more information, email Sheila Cooper, senior advisor for tribal affairs at SAMHSA, at

Senate Indian Affairs Committee Hearing on the TLOA

On December 2, 2015, the Senate Committee on Indian Affairs held a hearing titled, “Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) – 5 Years Later: How have the justice systems in Indian Country improved?” Access a video of the two-hour hearing and transcripts of the testimonies, including testimony from SAMHSA Office of Tribal Affairs and Policy (OTAP) Director Mirtha Beadle.

Guide to Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Policies and Procedures

Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts, or drug courts, allow for cultural diversity in substance use treatment. To promote these courts’ success, the Tribal Law and Policy Institute created a guide for compiling a Tribal Healing to Wellness Court policies and procedures manual. Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts: The Policies and Procedures Guide includes:

  • An overview of key topics the manual should cover, including team roles and responsibilities, phase systems, alcohol and drug testing, and statutory provisions
  • Excerpts from over 15 operational manuals to show the scope of options for developing these manuals

Call for Presentations: Supporting Our Native Warriors

Do you have experience supporting the healing and wellness of American Indian and Alaska Native veterans? Consider presenting during a virtual learning community on healing and wellness for this population, hosted by the SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center.

The learning community is designed to be interactive. It is intended for active military and veterans, community and family members, service providers, and others working to support Native veterans.

Presentations must focus on the healing and wellness of Native veterans and their families and be based on experience and successful outcomes. Additional section criteria include:

  • Two-to-five years of experience working with veteran’s programs, services, or cultural activities
  • Successful collaboration with community agencies and partners
  • A record of positive outcomes

The overview document has more information on submission requirements, virtual learning communities, honoraria, and contact information. Two proposals will be selected. Presentations will be conducted between March 1 and July 31, 2016. Presentations not selected will be considered for future efforts.

Conferences and Events

American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC) Student Conference
March 14-16, 2016
Minneapolis, MN

Generation Indigenous Denver
March 25, 2016
Denver, Colorado

Generation Indigenous Green Bay
April 9, 2016
Green Bay, Wisconsin

National Indian Health Board (NIHB) Tribal Public Health Summit
April 11-13, 2016
Atlanta, GA

Generation Indigenous Phoenix
April 16, 2016
Phoenix, Arizona

2016 Self-Governance Annual Consultation Conference
April 24-29, 2016
Orlando, FL

Generation Indigenous Albuquerque
April 28, 2016
Albuquerque, New Mexico

National Council of Urban Indian Health (NCUIH)
May 12-13, 2016
Viejas Resort, San Diego, CA

Generation Indigenous Seattle
May 14, 2016
Seattle, Washington

Generation Indigenous Anchorage
May 26, 2016
Anchorage, Alaska

Prevention & Recovery Newsletter

Access current and past issues of SAMHSA’s Prevention & Recovery newsletter. This quarterly publication highlights prevention practices and success stories in Indian Country.

Last Updated: 03/09/2016