SAMHSA's Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center

About Us

The Tribal TTA Center provides AI/AN communities with tools for preventing mental and substance use disorders and suicide and promoting mental health.

The Tribal Training and Technical Assistance (TTA) Center guides tribal communities and organizations in using cultural knowledge and strengths to support wellness.

Our work is driven by a strategic cultural framework that is based on:

  • Visions of success
  • Circles of relationships
  • A sense of hope

Learn more about the Strategic Cultural Framework.

Our Vision: Leveraging Cultural Strengths

American Indian and Alaska Native (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.

“This work is spiritual and sacred. It’s an honor to do work that makes a difference and saves lives.” – Jerry A. Crowshoe, M.A., Intensive TTA Director.


  • Lori King (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians)
  • Gloria Guillory (Nez Perce Tribe)

“Building respectful, strong relationships is our foundation for providing effective training and technical assistance.” – Lori King, Tribal TTA Center Project Co-Director


  • Barbara Aragon (Laguna Pueblo/Crow), Behavioral Health Subject Matter Expert
  • John Bird (Blackfeet and Haida), Intensive TTA Coordinator
  • Mindy Colburn, Business Contract Coordinator
  • Jerry Crowshoe (Piikani), Intensive TTA Director
  • Bernadette “BC” EchoHawk (Pawnee Nation of Oklahoma), Communications Coordinator
  • Tiffany Jefferson, Webinar Specialist and Logistics Coordinator
  • Victoria “Vickie” LaFromboise (Blackfeet), Native Connections TA Coordinator
  • Seprieono Locario (Dine [Navajo]/Sicilian), Tribal Action Plan and Wellness Coordinator
  • Don Lyons (Leech Lake Band of Ojibway/Mohawk of the Six Nations), Circles of Care Director
  • Courtney McCusker, Evaluation and Reporting Coordinator
  • Delena Mobley, Project Specialist
  • Lanier Nabahe (Navajo), Intensive TTA Coordinator
  • Gary Neumann (Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Nation), TTA Coordinator
  • Connie O’Marra (Citizen Potawatomi Nation), Broad and Focused TTA Coordinator
  • Deborah Stiffarm Rattler (Gros Ventre), Native Connections Project Co-Director
  • Aislinn Rioux (Blackfeet), Evaluation and Reporting Coordinator
  • Joshua Schuyler (Oneida), Circles of Care Coordinator
  • Tyrone Smith (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs Oregon), Circles of Care Coordinator
  • Barbara Smutek (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians), TTA Coordinator
  • Isabelle Walker (Nez Perce), Broad and Focused TTA Coordinator
  • Tyra Wittenborn (Northern Cheyenne), Deputy Project Manager

Contact us to request TTA or ask for more information.

“If we can laugh together, we can work together—and then we can make positive change together.” – Don Lyons, Circles of Care Director

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.

Last Updated: 01/24/2018