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Urban Indian Center Community Assessment

The Urban Indian Center of Salt Lake (UIC) is pleased to announce that it is working on a special project.  This project is a community assessment to determine how the Center can better meet the needs of urban American Indians living along the Wasatch Front.  We would be pleased to have you participate in focused explorations of the issues important to you.

Are you American Indian or Alaska Native & age 18 or older?

Do you live in Salt Lake, Davis, Utah, Weber, or Tooele County?

If so, we invite you to participate in the UIC’s special project to determine the needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban areas along the Wasatch Front.

Click here to begin a 10-15 minute questionnaire, or visit the Urban Indian Center (formerly the Indian Walk-In Center) for more information.

Participants will be entered into a drawing for a tablet computer.  Three tablets will be given away at the beginning of January 2015.

Remember, you can shape and strengthen your community’s future by taking part in this exciting project.  Thank you in advance and please feel free to share this information.

Legal

Indian Law Resource Center – The Indian Law Resource Center is a non-profit law and advocacy organization established and directed by American Indians. They provide legal assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native nations who are working to protect their lands, resources, human rights, environment and cultural heritage.

National American Indian Court Judges Association – An association of tribal judges supporting American Indian and Alaska Native justice systems through education, information sharing and advocacy.

National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) – The National Indian Justice Center is an independent national resource for Native communities and tribal governments. This non-profit corporation is Indian owned and operated. The NIJC designs and delivers legal education, research, and technical assistance programs seeking to improve the quality of life for Native communities and the administration of justice in Indian Country. Training manuals are available: NIJC Publications.

National Indian Law Library (NILL) – The National Indian Law Library (NILL) of the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) is a public law library devoted to Federal Indian and Tribal Law. NILL provides a unique resource for individuals researching Indian Law including online research guides for topics such as Indian Child Welfare, International Indigenous Rights, History/Culture/Religion, and Tribal Sovereignty.

National Legal Resource Center – The National Legal Resource Center’s purpose is to provide for the aging and legal networks with easy access to coordinated national legal assistance support system in order to strengthen legal assistance and elder rights efforts across the country. The targeted audience range from legal, elder rights, and aging services professionals and advocates.

National Native American Bar Association

Native American Constitution and Law Digitization Project – Coordinated by the University of Oklahoma Law Center and The National Indian Law Library of the Native American Rights Fund.

Native American Rights Fund (NARF) – Founded in 1970, the Native American Rights Fund is the oldest and largest nonprofit law firm dedicated to asserting and defending the rights of Indian tribes, organizations and individuals nationwide.

Tribal Juvenile Detention and Reentry Resource Center – Operating under the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), the National Resource Center is a searchable database of resources and materials selected and reviewed by the Tribal Juvenile Detention and Reentry Green Technical Assistance Center Staff. Materials include published works, peer-reviewed research, curricula, and web-based resources that aim to provide up-to-date information on topics relevant to juvenile detention and re-entry and green job training.

Tribal Code Services, Inc.

Tribal Court Clearinghouse – The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is a comprehensive website established in June 1997 to serve as a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims services providers, tribal service providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian Country. The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is developed and maintained by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, an Indian owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and develop education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the enhancement of justice in Indian Country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples.

Heritage & Culture

National Museum of the American Indian – The Smithsonian’s NMAI is dedicated to the preservation, study, and exhibition of the life, languages, literature, history and arts of the Native cultures of the Western Hemisphere.

Anasazi State Park Museum

Antelope Canyon

Arches

Bryce Canyon

Bryce Natural History Museum

Canyonlands

Capitol Reef National Park

Edge of the Cedars State Park Museum

Four Corners Monument

Fremont Indian State Park Museum

Goosenecks State Park

Grand Canyon Parashant National Monument

Horseshoe Bend

Hovenweep National Monument

Monument Valley Navajo Tribal Park

Museum of Peoples and Cultures at Brigham Young University

Natural Bridges National Monument

Natural History Museum of Utah

Nine-Mile Canyon

Rainbow Bridge National Monument

Western Heritage Museum in Uintah County

Zion National Park

 

Southern Paiute Cultural History Curriculum Guide

News & Media

Navajo Times

Navajo Nation Council

Sho-Ban News

The Ute Bulletin

American Indian Report – For more than 20 years, the Institute has been assisting Indian tribes, tribal organizations and government agencies to meet the complex challenges of Indian Country.

Indian Country Today – Since 1981, Indian Country Today has been a persuasive voice in American Indian journalism, leading the way with accurate and timely reporting, incisive analysis and pointed commentary. Indian Country Today publishes more original journalistic content on American Indian issues than any other news source.

Indianz

Native American Times

Native News Network

Native Peoples Magazine

Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education

Substance Abuse & Mental Health

Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse Interagency Coordinating Committee – The Office of Indian Alcohol and Substance Abuse is responsible for aligning, leveraging and coordinating with federal agencies and departments in carrying out the responsibilities delineated in the Tribal Law and Order Act. This site contains the latest news and events as well as resources to help with funding and training.

National Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research Journal – American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research is a profession scientific journal. It contains empirical research, program evaluations, case studies, unpublished dissertations, and other articles in the behavioral, social, and health sciences which clearly relate to the mental health status of American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Native American Center for Excellence – The Native American Center for Excellence (NACE) was established by SAMHSA’s Center for Substance Abuse Prevention (CSAP) as a national resource to address issues related to substance abuse prevention and behavioral health in Native American communities.

Native PRIDE – Native P.R.I.D.E. (Prevention, Research, Intervention, Development, and Education) was founded in 2007 as an American Indian non-profit organization. Their mission is to develop and implement culture, strengths, and spiritual based programs for Native people that inspire leadership, healing and wellness from colonization and multi-generational trauma. The Native HOPE (Helping Our People Endure) program creates a safe, sacred place through culture, spirituality, and humor for participants to address suicide, depression, trauma, violence, and substance abuse.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) – SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America’s communities.

Society of Indian Psychologists

Suicide Prevention

American Association of Suicidology – Founded in 1968, AAS promotes research, public awareness programs, public education and training for professionals and volunteers. In addition, AAS serves as a national clearinghouse for information on suicide.

Center for Native American Youth – The goal of the Center is to bring greater national attention to the issues facing Native American youth, and to foster solutions, with special emphasis on youth suicide prevention. Under tribal resources, there are resources for health and suicide prevention, education and culture, links to funding and aid available to tribes, information about federal agencies and key legislation, and research and policy sources.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention – Established in 2010,the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention advances the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP) by championing suicide prevention as a national priority, catalyzing efforts to implement high priority objectives of the NSSP, and cultivating the resources needed to sustain progress.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center – The National Suicide Prevention Resource Center has an American Indian/Alaska Native page as well as a newsletter called the Weekly Spark, which offers Suicide Prevention Online Training.

Articles:

Bullying Emerges as a Contributing Factor – The Scourge of Suicides among American Indian and Alaska Native Youth

 

 

 

Educational Advancement Programs

College Preparatory Programs

College Horizons – College Horizons is a non-profit organization providing college and graduate admissions workshops, in a five-day “crash course,” to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students/participants across the nation. The individualized program helps students select colleges suitable for them to apply to, get admitted to, and receive adequate financial aid.

SOAR (BYU) – SOAR, or Summer of Academic Refinement, is a five-day college preparation program which prepares and informs students of the educational benefits and expectations at Brigham Young University.

Graduate Horizons – Graduate Horizons is a four-day workshop for Native college students, college graduates, and master’s students in preparing for graduate school (master’s, Ph.D. or  professional school).

Consortium for Graduate Study in Management – The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management is the nation’s largest diversity network, linking top-tier students, leading MBA programs and corporate partners, including Fortune 500 companies.

Pre-Law Summer Institute for American Indians and Alaska Natives – The Pre-Law Summer Institute is an intensive two-month program which prepares American Indian and Alaska Native individuals for the rigors of law school by essentially replicating the first semester of law school.

Aetna Health Professions Partnership Initiative Medical/Dental Preparatory Program – A six-week summer program for college upperclassmen or recent graduates from traditionally underrepresented groups in the health profession. It is a pre-matriculation program for interested students accepted to the School of Medicine or Dental Medicine. Housing and a stipend are provided.

Health Career Opportunity Programs (University of Connecticut) – The Health Career Opportunity Programs (HCOP) actively recruits minority medical and dental students and supports those who are enrolled throughout the academic year.

Leadership Programs/Internships

Native American Congressional Internships – The Udall Foundation provides a ten-week summer internship in Washington, D.C., for Native American and Alaska Native students who wish to learn more about the federal government and issues affecting Indian Country. The internship is fully funded: the Foundation provides round-trip airfare, housing, per diem for food and incidentals, and a stipend at the close of the program.

Native American Political Leadership Program at The George Washington University – The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a FULL SCHOLARSHIP program designed to give Native American undergraduate and graduate students an incredible educational opportunity in the nation’s capitol. Partnering with Semester In Washington Politics, NAPLP students take classes at GWU, participate in hands-on internships, and interact with political leaders and policymakers.

Native American Research Internship (University of Utah) – This 10-week internship focuses on providing Native American undergraduate Junior and Senior students, interested in Health Science research, an outstanding laboratory or clinically based research experience working alongside world class research faculty at the University of Utah.

NCAI Internships & Fellowships – NCAI offers internships and fellowships to provide an opportunity for young leaders from throughout Indian Country to serve on the front lines of legislative action and policy development.

NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship – The NCAI Native Graduate Health Fellowship aims to address the stark disparities in Native health by building a pipeline of Native health professionals who are prepared to lead in formulating and promoting health policies and practices that meet the unique needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives. The Fellowship will include two components: 1) a financial award of $5,000; and 2) professional development in tribal health policy.

Washington Internship for Native Students – WINS students intern with Native advocacy government agencies across Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Health, Economics, Social Service, Law, and Public Policy disciplines. WINS’s experiential curriculum develops student’s professional skills of self-determined community development and public advocacy.

 

Scholarships

U.S. Department of Education:

Scholarship Search Engines:

Available Scholarships

American Indian College Fund

The American Indian Graduate Center (AIGC)

American Indian Library Association – Virginia Matthews Memorial Scholarship

American Indian Services (AIS)

American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) Scholarship Programs

Association on American Indian Affairs Scholarship

Catching the Dream (formerly known as the Native American Scholarship Fund)

Education is Ceremony College Scholarships

Gates Millennium Scholars

Indian Health Services (IHS) Scholarships

Morris K. Udall Undergraduate Scholarship

National Indian Education Association (NIEA) Scholarships

Office of Navajo Nation Scholarship and Financial Assistance

  • Chinle Agency email: onnsfachinle@navajo-nsn.gov
  • Crownpoint Agency email: onnsfacrownpoint@navajo-nsn.gov
  • Fort Defiance Agency email: onnsfacentral@navajo-nsn.gov
  • Shiprock Agency email: onnsfashiprock@navajo-nsn.gov
  • Tuba City Agency email: onnsfatubacity@navajo-nsn.gov

 

 

Education

American Indian Library Association – An association working to improve library and information services for American Indian.

Bureau of Indian Education – The Office of Indian Education Programs is a service organization devoted to providing quality education opportunities for American Indian people. Established in the late nineteenth century to carry out the federal government’s education commitment to Indian tribes, it has become the only national education system for American Indian children and adults.

Utah State Office of Education: Indian Education – The Indian Education Office provides technical assistance to school districts especially districts that receive federal Title VII Indian Education funding. Outreach efforts also extend to Tribal Nations and Education Departments plus community agencies that serve American Indian/Alaska Native families.

International Reading Association – Since 1956, IRA has been a nonprofit, global network of individuals and institutions committed to worldwide literacy.

Utah Futures – An online tool that provides college and career planning and resources for students, job seekers, counselors, and parents with a direct connection to Utah employers.

Office of Indian Education (U.S. Dept. of Education) – The mission of the Office of Indian Education is to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique educational and culturally related academic needs of American Indians and Alaska Natives so that these students can achieve to the same challenging state standards as all students.

National Indian Education Association – The mission of the NIEA is to support traditional Native cultures and values, to enable Native learners to become contributing members of their communities, to promote Native control of educational institutions, and to improve educational opportunities and resources for American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians throughout the United States.

International Society for Technology in Education – ISTE is the premier membership association for educators and education leaders engaged in advancing excellence in learning and teaching through the effective use of technology.

Utah Coalition for Educational Technology – UCET promotes the cooperative development and effective use of information technology. It also holds a yearly conference and publishes a monthly newsletter with great resources.

American Indian Higher Education Corsortium (AIHEC) – The AIHEC was founded in 1972 by the presidents of the nation’s first six Tribal Colleges, as an informal collaboration among member colleges. Today, AIHEC has grown to represent 34 colleges in the United States and one Canadian institution. Unlike most professional associations, it is governed jointly by each member institution. The AIHEC publishes the Tribal College Journal of American Indian Higher Education. You can also see a map and roster or tribal colleges and universities.

 

Health Resources

Melissa Zito, MS, RN
AI/AN Health Liaison/Health Policy Consultant
Office of AI/AN Health Affairs
Utah Department of Health
Office: (801) 273-6644
Fax: (801) 273-4150
mzito@utah.gov

American Indian Health – An information portal to issues affecting the health and well being of American Indians.

American Cancer Society – The American Cancer Society is a nationwide, community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. Headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, the ACS has regional and local offices throughout the country that support 11 geographical Divisions and ensure we have a presence in every community.

American Lung Association – American Indians/Alaska Natives – The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through Education, Advocacy and Research.  The American Lung Association values cultural diversity as essential to achieving its mission – To save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease – and has provided some key facts about smoking among American Indian/Alaska Natives and other racial and ethnic communities.

QuitDay.org – American Indians/Alaska Natives:  QuitDay’s mission is to help people add 10 healthy years to their lives. Smoking and tobacco addiction reduces quality of life for millions of people each year. QuitDay’s team strives to inspire people to quit smoking, and have a positive impact on the lives of their loved ones and their children.  QuitDay has a great guide on smoking’s impact on the American Indian/Alaska Native community, and how members can work towards quitting.

Association of American Indian Physicians

Center for American Indian Health (John Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)  – The Center for American Indian Health’s mission is to work in partnership with American Indian and Alaska Native communities to raise their health status, self-sufficiency and health leadership to the highest possible level.

Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (Colorado School of Public Health)  -The mission for the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health (CAIANH) is to promote the health and well-being of American Indians and Alaska Natives, of all ages, by pursuing research, training, continuing education, technical assistance, and information delivery that recognizes the unique cultural contexts of this special population.

Center for Rural Health (University of North Dakota)  – The Center for Rural Health connects resources and knowledge to strengthen the health of people in rural and tribal communities and serves people within the state, region, and nation.

 CDC – Minority Health – American Indian Alaska Native Populations

Indian Health Services – The IHS provides a comprehensive, culturally acceptable health service delivery system for American Indians and Alaska Natives who are members of the 566 federally recognized Tribes across the U.S. The IHS offers scholarships and loan repayment programs. Click here for the contact person for Urban Indian Health Care System CEOs and Clinical Directors, Tribal Health Care System CEOs and Clinical Directors, and Tribal Health Board Directors.

Mesothelioma Guide – An advocacy organization dedicated to helping patients diagnosed with asbestos illnesses. We specialize in assisting patients in understanding which treatment options are best suited for their illness, as well as how to find the right doctors that provide those treatment options. As an advocacy organization, we don’t charge patients for our assistance, so all of our printed materials, patient advocacy resources & assistance are 100% free of charge to patients and their family members.

Students Guide to Affordable Healthcare – OnlineColleges.net provides a student guide with key provisions of the ACA, which went into effect October 1, 2013.  This guide provides students a quick and easy way to understand their obligation and coverage options under the ACA.  With 20% of college students currently uninsured, it’s critical that college students understand how changes to the health insurance market will impact them.

Aging and the Elderly

Administration on Aging: Services for Native Americans – Services for Native Americans programs were first established of  in 1978 with the provision of nutrition and supportive services, and in 2000 expanded with the addition of caregiver support services. They provide grants to eligible Tribal organizations to promote the delivery of home and community-based supportive services, including nutrition services and support for family and informal caregivers, to Native American, Alaskan Native and Native Hawaiian elders. These programs, which help to reduce the need for costly institutional care and medical interventions, are responsive to the cultural diversity of Native American communities and represent an important part of the communities’ comprehensive services.

National Center on Elder Abuse (Administration on Aging)

National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative – The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) provides research, education, and training for the identification and prevention of elder abuse in indigenous communities.

National Legal Resource Center – The National Legal Resource Center’s purpose is to provide the aging and legal networks with easy access to a coordinated national legal assistance support system in order to strengthen legal assistance and elder rights efforts across the country. The targeted audience range from legal, elder rights, and aging services professionals and advocates.

National Resource Center on Native American Aging – The mission of the National Resource Center on Native American Aging is to identify and increase awareness of evolving Native elder health and social issues.

National Society for American Indian Elderly – The National Society for American Indian Elderly team is constantly working to improve the quality of life for underserved American Indian, Alaska Native and Pacific American Elders.

Tribal Court Clearinghouse – Elder Abuse

Fact Sheets