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The Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center provides American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities with tools for preventing mental and substance use disorders and suicide and promoting mental health.

The Tribal TTA Center guides tribal communities and organizations in applying cultural knowledge and strengths to support wellness around substance use disorders, suicide prevention, and mental health. We define TTA as the process of providing targeted support using culturally relevant, evidence-based, holistic approach to support Native communities in their self-determination efforts through infrastructure development and capacity building, as well as program planning and implementation. The Tribal TTA Center helps Native communities build local capacity and skills, and TTA is customized and tailored to meet the need and readiness level of each community we work with.

Our work is driven by a strategic cultural framework that is based on visions of success, circles of relationships, and a sense of hope. Learn more about the Strategic Cultural Framework.

The documents below provide more information about the Tribal TTA Center and services we offer:

Our Vision: Leveraging Cultural Strengths

AI/AN communities have the cultural knowledge, skills, and resilience to create hope and healing. Their cultural beliefs and practices provide a foundation for promoting lasting wellness, solving problems, and taking action.

Our Goal: Promoting Wellness in AI/AN Communities

The Tribal TTA Center supports wellness in AI/AN communities by providing meaningful TTA that honors tribal ways of life and respects and protects government-to-government relations.

The goal of our TTA is to decrease the impact of risk factors and increase protective factors that are linked to the healthy and safe development of AI/AN children and their families.

Our Team

Our staff understands the special circumstances of AI/AN communities and will work to build a relationship with and empower your community.

Our TTA coordinators personally visit and work with communities who need TTA. They know the unique strengths of AI/AN communities.

Director

  • Lori King (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians)

Project Manager

  • Joshua Schuyler (Oneida)

TTA Coordinators

  • Barbara Aragon, Intensive TTA Coordinator (Laguna Pueblo/Crow)
  • Bobbie Arthur (Navajo Nation)
  • C. Allison Baez (Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation)
  • Jaymee Bird, Mental Health First Aid Coordinator (Ohkay Owingeh)
  • John Bird, Intensive TTA Coordinator (Blackfeet/Haida)
  • Sharon Eagleman (Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux/Little Traverse Bay Band of Ottawa)
  • Judy Flett, Intensive TTA Coordinator (Spokane Tribe)
  • Hunter Genia, Circles of Care Task Lead (Anishinabe-Ojibwe and Odawa)
  • Jesse Gibbs
  • Gloria Guillory, Deputy Project Manager and Intensive Task Lead (Nez Perce Tribe)
  • Kaela Harris, Broad and Focused Task Lead, Anishinaabe (Odawa and Ojibwe)
  • Sienna Hunter-Cuyjet, Opioid Task Lead, Intensive TTA Coordinator (Enrolled Member of the Shinnecock Nation)
  • Idella King (Hinono’einono/AmskapiPiikani/Aaniiih)
  • Leon Leader Charge (Sicangu/Oglala Lakota)
  • Verna Mikkelson (White Earth Band of Ojibwe)
  • Regina Murillo, 988 Tribal Technical Assistant
  • Gary Neumann, Circles of Care and Intensive TTA Coordinator (Salish-Pend Orielle)
  • Sarah Pearson, Subject Matter Expert
  • Elwood Pipestem-Ott (Otoe-Missouria)
  • Laura Porterfield, Deputy Project Manager (Anishinaabe – Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians)
  • Maegan Ray (Wailaki/Pomo, Round Valley Reservation, Scotts Valley Band of Pomo Indians)
  • Marie Schuyler-Dreaver (Oneida Nation of the Thames/LTBB Odawa)
  • Jacelyn Salabye (Dine Navajo)
  • Adrienne Shipman
  • Candice Tso, TTA Coordinator (Diné)
  • Julie Whitepigeon (Saginaw Chippewa, Potawatomi and Ottawa)

Contact us to request TTA or ask for more information.

Supporting Wellness Through Partnership

The Tribal TTA Center has partners in supporting wellness and prevention efforts in Indian Country. They offer tools and resources for communities. Partners within SAMHSA or funded by SAMHSA include:

The Center has many more partners in promoting mental health. Learn more about our collaborative partners.

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