American Indian and Alaska Native Tribal-specific Resources

This installment of the SAMHSA Disaster Behavioral Health Information Series (DBHIS) focuses on working with tribal organizations and American Indian and Alaska Native individuals and communities. Topics covered include but are not limited to the following:

  • Disaster preparedness and recovery
  • Federal tribal partners
  • Suicide prevention
  • Cultural competence

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A guide to suicide prevention for American Indian and Alaska Native communities - Oregon Health & Science University, The American Indian/Alaska Native National Resource Center for Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services, One Sky Center
This guidebook provides information about suicide and guidance in creating suicide prevention and response plans for American Indian and Alaska Native individuals and communities. It presents suicide warning signs; guidance for schools; information about promising programs, including those that have been used in Indian Country; a directory of consultants who can provide technical assistance; and a tool for American Indian communities to assess themselves for suicide risk and resilience. [Authors: Walker, R. D., Loudon, L., Walker, P. S., & Frizzell, L.]

American Indian and Alaska Native disaster preparedness - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (HHS, ASPR)
This part of the HHS ASPR website notes that tribal communities in the United States have distinct cultures, provides some tips for culturally appropriate disaster response with tribes, and links to sources of additional information.

American Indian Institute, The University of Oklahoma - University of Oklahoma, American Indian Institute
The American Indian Institute brings together specialists from North American Indian tribes and bands representing such diverse areas as education, human services, sociology, psychology, history, economics, research, and evaluation to provide leadership and strategies related to complex social and human problems and challenges including substance abuse.

Building partnerships with tribal governments - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)
This interactive computer-based course provides participants with basic knowledge to build effective partnerships with tribal governments to protect Native people and property against all types of hazards.

Bureau of Indian Affairs - U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Indian Affairs (DOI, BIA)
In keeping with the trust relationship established in the U.S. constitution between American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribal governments and the U.S. government, BIA provides a range of services to federally recognized AI/AN tribes. These services include those provided through the Bureau of Indian Education for elementary and secondary school and college students, as well as disaster relief, land and infrastructure management, court and justice services, and housing improvement.

Comprehensive resource list: alcohol, substance abuse and suicide prevention - University of Oklahoma, American Indian Institute
The University of Oklahoma’s American Indian Institute presents a list with links to resources related to alcohol and substance use disorder prevention among Native Americans, suicide prevention, and prevention of tobacco use in Native American communities. Also included is a section on violence and abuse prevention, as well as a resource related to maternal and child health.

Cultural awareness when working in Indian Country post disaster: Tips for disaster responders - SAMHSA Disaster Technical Assistance Center (DTAC)
This webcast prepares disaster responders working with an American Indian or Alaska Native community they are not part of to provide services effectively and successfully, and in culturally appropriate ways.

Culture card: A guide to build cultural awareness, American Indian and Alaska Native - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)
This guide is intended to serve as a general briefing to enhance cultural competence while providing services to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Disaster preparedness training for tribal leaders - Journal of Occupational Medicine and Toxicology
The overall objective of this project was to provide basic public health emergency and bioterrorism preparedness and response training for tribal personnel through developing and delivering three training modules and coordinating implementation statewide by means of five regional 1 1/2 day sessions in close cooperation with the Arizona Department of Health Services, Office of Public Health and Emergency Preparedness Response, and its Native American Liaison.

FEMA Tribal Affairs - U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Federal Emergency Management Agency (DHS, FEMA)
FEMA explains its relationship to tribal communities; provides highlights and updates to policy and guidance; and presents links to a range of resources, including tribal preparedness resources, to help tribal communities stay safe and mitigate damages during and after disasters.

Indian Health Service - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service (HHS, IHS)
The U.S. Constitution establishes a trust relationship between the U.S. government and federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes; this relationship has been further supported and defined in treaties, laws, decisions of the Supreme Court, and executive orders. As part of this relationship, the IHS holds primary responsibility for providing health services to AI/AN people on behalf of the U.S. government. The IHS has established and maintains a health care service system for AI/AN people. This system includes services in the areas of community health, health promotion, and behavioral health.

Indian Health Service Division of Behavioral Health - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service (HHS, IHS)
The IHS Division of Behavioral Health runs programs and fosters information sharing and capacity-building efforts to improve behavioral health among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Its website features descriptions of its programs, resources for information about and funding of tribal behavioral health programs and services, and public information campaign materials.

Indian Health Service Suicide Prevention Program - U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service (HHS, IHS)
This website provides an overview of suicide in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities; describes and features a link to the AI/AN National Suicide Prevention Strategic Plan; and presents information and resources for providers, patients, and people interested in helping prevent suicide and promote behavioral health among AI/AN communities.

Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council - Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (NWTEMC)
A nonprofit organization with members from tribes in Washington, Oregon, Idaho, and Alaska, NWTEMC helps tribes with issues of homeland security, public health, and emergency and disaster preparedness. It fosters information sharing among tribes and tribal leaders and provides tools and guidance to help member tribes prepare for all types of emergencies and disasters. Its website features planning materials and templates, cybersecurity information, and information about events and conferences.

Psychological First Aid applications with American Indians - Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council (NWTEMC)
At the 7th Annual Tribal Emergency Preparedness Conference in 2010, Dr. Randal Beaton delivered this presentation, which describes Psychological First Aid (PFA), an evidence-informed approach to providing assistance to disaster survivors, and how PFA can be customized for American Indian individuals and communities. Click on the link and scroll down to "Dr. Randy Beaton, Psychological First Aid Applications With American Indians."

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Last Updated: 09/05/2017