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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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., and Frizzell, L.]

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.

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.

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.

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.

University of Oklahoma, American Indian Institute

The University of Oklahomas 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 (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.

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."

U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS), Ready.gov

This website offers information on disaster planning and preparedness for all American Indians and Alaska Natives, taking into special considerations families that live on tribal lands located far from urban centers.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

Through this center, SAMHSA provides training and technical assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, tribal SAMHSA grantees, and individuals and organizations who work with AI/AN people. Topics include mental health promotion, suicide prevention, and mental and substance use disorders. The SAMHSA Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center's website provides information and links to print materials, websites, and webinars.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

This fact sheet gives details on various suicide statistics among American Indians and Alaska Natives, including youth suicide rates, cultural considerations, and protective factors.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

This section of the SPRC website features information for people who work with American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals and communities. It presents basic information about the issue of suicide among AI/AN people, tools to begin to address the issue, best practices in suicide prevention and health promotion in Native communities, and links to a wide range of resources.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service (HHS, IHS)

IHS offers webinars on a range of topics in behavioral health, including public health and disaster behavioral health. In addition to upcoming seminars, you can access archived seminars at https://www.ihs.gov/telebehavioral/seminararchive.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

This 4-page tip sheet notes the diversity of Native American cultures in the United States, presents some general commonalities across Native American cultures and societies, explains historical trauma and how tribes may think about and respond to disasters, and suggests ways to support tribal communities that have experienced disasters. References and related resources are listed.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

This 4-page tip sheet defines historical trauma, explains historical trauma in American Indian and Alaska Native (AIAN) cultures and communities, and provides tips to help responders prepare to support AIAN communities that have been affected by disasters.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (HHS, SAMHSA)

This guidebook is designed to assist tribal communities and behavioral health professionals with suicide prevention among Native youth. It lays the groundwork for community-based suicide prevention and mental health promotion plans for American Indian and Alaska Native youth and young adults. Addresses risks, protective factors, and awareness, and describes prevention models for action.

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, Indian Country Child Trauma Center and National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This pamphlet provides information on manifestations of trauma in Indian Country and how professionals can help.

U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children & Families, Administration for Native Americans (HHS, ACF, ANA)

Hosted by the ANA Alaska Region Training and Technical Assistance Center, this webinar covers Alaska Native tribal emergency management issues from the perspectives of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the State of Alaska, the Northwest Tribal Emergency Management Council, and the Mat-Su Borough.

U.S. Department of Health, National Institutes of Health, National Library of Medicine (HHS, NIH, NLM)

This web page provides links to a wealth of resources related to preparedness for American Indian and Alaska Native people.

Chestnut Health Systems

This comprehensive clinical manual and program description describes a holistic approach to working with Native adolescents and families, including integration of Native and Western substance use approaches, traditional healing methods, and working with tribal populations. This model was formulated for rural programs to customize to fit local needs. The manual can be downloaded and printed free of charge; it costs $25 to order in hardcopy. [Authors: Sabin, C., Benally, H., Bennett, S. K., and Jones, E.]

University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, Indian Country Child Trauma Center and National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)

This pamphlet describes common trauma and disaster reactions for children based on age group. It has been adapted to be appropriate for tribal communities.

Last Updated: 09/05/2017