Find publications and resources developed by SAMHSA’s federal partners that tribes can use to help build a tribal action plan (TAP).
The following is a list of publications and resources developed by SAMHSA’s partnering agencies that may help you develop a tribal action plan (TAP).
Department of Agriculture (USDA)
- American Indians and Alaska Natives: A Guide to USDA Programs – 2007 (PDF | 346 KB) is a reference for the USDA’s numerous programs available to American Indian and Alaska Native communities.
Department of Commerce (DOC)
- The American Indian and Alaska Native Population: 2010 (PDF | 3.4 MB) provides a portrait of the Native American population in the United States and discusses that population’s distribution at the national level and at lower levels of geography.
- Census 2000 – American Indians and Alaska Natives Wall Map shows the American Indian and Alaska Native areas reported or delineated for Census 2000.
Department of the Interior (DOI)
- The Crime-Reduction Best Practices Handbook: Making Indian Communities Safe, 2012 (PDF | 16 MB) is based on the Office of Justice Services’ successful deployment of its 2010 High Priority Performance Goal initiative, which aimed to reduce violent crime by at least 5% over 24 months on four reservations experiencing high rates of violent crime. Those reservations include Rocky Boy’s in Montana, Mescalero in New Mexico, Wind River in Wyoming, and Standing Rock in North and South Dakota. The effort resulted in a 35% drop in violent crime across the four sites. This was achieved by implementing a comprehensive strategy involving community policing, tactical deployment, and critical interagency and intergovernmental partnerships. The handbook is a compendium of best practices from that strategy. It is intended to guide law enforcement entities in Indian country. It includes strategies that worked as well as those that didn’t, and offers information ranging from general approaches to detailed plans for reducing crime.
- The Tribal Leaders Directory contains a complete list of the 566 federally recognized tribes.
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS)
- Alcohol-Attributable Deaths and Years of Potential Life Lost Among American Indians and Alaska Natives – United States, 2001-2005 from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contains findings that underscore the importance of implementing effective population-based interventions to prevent excessive alcohol consumption among Native Americans.
Administration for Children & Families
- The Family and Youth Services Bureau (FYSB) and its National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth work to end youth homelessness, teen pregnancy, and family violence. The National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth provides free, educational information for the family and youth workforce—including FYSB grantees and aspiring grantees—about research and effective practices that can improve the long-term social and emotional well-being of families and youth.
- Information provided by the FYSB and its National Clearinghouse on Families and Youth includes tips for reaching out to Native American Youth.
- The Tribal Personal Responsibility Education Program (PREP) promotes proven and culturally appropriate methods for reducing adolescent pregnancy, delaying sexual activity among youths, and increasing condom use and other contraceptives among sexually active youth in Native communities. Programs follow design guidelines similar to those of State PREP, but are specially designed to honor tribal needs, traditions, and cultures. Discretionary grants are available to tribes to combat the disproportionately high rates of teen pregnancy and birth.
- Report to Congress on the Prevention and Reduction of Underage Drinking – 2013 (PDF | 23 MB) provides information on the nature and extent of underage drinking in the United States. It also includes an overview of the federal government’s response.
Department of Justice (DOJ)
Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA)
- BJA – Publications
- The Tribal Training & Technical Assistance Provider Directory 2013-2014 provides TAP developers with contact information for technical assistance providers as well as information about providers’ areas of expertise, conferences, publications, and other resources.
Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
- Indian Country Justice Statistics helps support tribal participation in national records and information systems.
- Publications and Products on Jails in Indian Country includes findings from surveys of jails, confinement facilities, detention centers, and other correctional facilities operated by tribal authorities or the Department of the Interior’s Bureau of Indian Affairs.
- Tribal Crime Data Collection Activities, 2012 (PDF | 1.6 MB) describes activities supporting BJS’s tribal crime data collection system and summarizes findings and program enhancements between 2008 and 2012.
- Tribal Law Enforcement provides information about tribally operated agencies’ public safety services. This includes responding to calls, engaging in crime prevention activities, executing arrest warrants, enforcing traffic laws, serving court papers, providing court security, and carrying out search and rescue operations. Findings are based on the 2008 Census of State and Local Law Enforcement Agencies.
National Criminal Justice Reference Service (NCJRS)
- Challenges Facing American Indian Youth features interviews with leading authorities on issues related to American Indian youth.
- Justice in Indian Country provides information about crime and justice issues facing tribal communities.
- Tribal Victim Publications provides links to publications and other resources for American Indians and Alaska Natives who have been victimized.
National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
- American Indian and Alaska Native Justice Publications
- Tribal Crime and Justice provides an overview of tribal crime and justice research.
- Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women: Program of Research evaluates the effectiveness of federal, state, tribal, and local responses to violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women.
Other DOJ Reports
- The Eagle Feathers Policy Consultations Summary – 2012 (PDF | 173 KB) is a DOJ summary of tribal stakeholders’ views of the department’s policy on the use and possession of eagle feathers. This policy, announced on October 12, 2012, addresses an issue of great cultural significance to many tribes and their members. Attorney General Eric Holder signed the new policy after extensive department consultation with tribal leaders and tribal groups. The policy covers all federally protected birds, bird feathers, and bird parts.
- The Eagle Feathers Policy Fact Sheet summarizes DOJ’s eagle feathers policy.
- The Eagle Feathers Policy Memorandum – 2012 (PDF | 888 KB) formalizes DOJ’s longstanding policy and practice regarding the possession or use of federally protected birds, bird feathers, or other bird parts for the cultural and religious purposes of federally recognized Indian tribes.
- Ending Violence so Children Can Thrive, published in November 2014, is the final report of the Attorney General’s Advisory Committee on American Indian and Alaska Native Children Exposed to Violence. It presents findings and policy recommendations to address the impact of violence on tribal youth.
- Information on the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act helps TAP developers learn more about the different claimant categories outlined in the Radiation Exposure Compensation Act (RECA). RECA offers monetary compensation for people who contracted certain cancers and other serious diseases due to exposure from radiation released during above-ground atmospheric nuclear weapons tests or from pre-Cold War era occupational radiation exposure.
- Protecting the Civil Rights of American Indians and Alaska Natives from DOJ Civil Rights Division – 2013 (PDF | 162 KB) describes key civil rights issues specific to Native American communities.
- Report on the Indian Health Care Improvement Act – 2011 (PDF | 2.5 MB) describes the capacity of federal and tribal agencies to carry out data collection and analysis and information exchanges on prescription drug misuse and abuse in Indian country.
- Section 904 Analysis and Research on Violence Against Indian Women features information about the Attorney General’s task force established to assist the NIJ in developing and implementing a program of research on violence against Indian women. The task force looks at domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, stalking, and murder. The task force will evaluate the effectiveness of federal, state, and tribal responses to violence against Indian women and propose recommendations to improve the government’s response.
- Statement of Principles for Working with Federally Recognized Indian Tribes – 2013 (PDF | 171 KB) describes DOJ’s commitment to establishing government‐to‐government relationships with tribal communities built on trust.
- Strategies for Creating Offender Reentry Programs in Indian Country – 2010 (PDF | 643 KB) highlights promising practices and strategies for adults and juveniles transitioning from incarceration back into tribal communities.
- That’s My People: Reflections from the 2011 National Intertribal Youth Summit – Final Report (PDF | 1.2 MB) is the product of the 2011 National Intertribal Youth Summit, which was sponsored by DOJ’s Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention in partnership with the Executive Office of the President, the Department of Agriculture, the Department of Education, HHS, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, DOI, the Department of Labor, and the Corporation for National and Community Service. It was held in Santa Fe, New Mexico, from July 24–29, 2011. The summit, entitled “Youth Taking Action in Indian Country,” was attended by more than 160 youth, representing nearly 50 tribes, who gathered together for a week of leadership development and skill building. This report highlights the youth and tribal participation, the programs and activities they participated in, and the various issues that participants tackled.
- The Native American Rights Fund (NARF), a nonprofit that provides legal representation and technical assistance to U.S. Indian tribes, organizations, and individuals, provides the Indian Child Welfare Act – A Practical Guide on its website. The guide gives an overview of, and answers questions about, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).