Navigating Culture and Care Series

The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH—pronounced “KIRK-uh”) is offering a series on Navigating Culture Care, presented by Jennifer Prasek.

The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) brings together tribal communities and health researchers within SD, ND, and MN. Our goal is to build tribal research infrastructure and transdisciplinary research teams to improve American Indian health through examination of social and environmental influences on health.

CRCAIH helps tribal communities and health professionals plan and perform research addressing the health issues of American Indians (AI) in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota.

Jennifer Prasek

Jennifer Prasek is an enrolled member of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe in South Dakota. Raised in SD, she earned her Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from the University of Minnesota. She began her career in Human Resources, and has applied her experience in project management and Diversity & Inclusion into the design, implementation and training of cultural, human resources, conflict resolution and team building models for various organizations across the region.

Jen works with organizations looking to enhance their scope and impact. She provides consultation related to long-term strategic planning, grant development, process improvement, human resources and performance management, organizational leadership and development, cultural sensitivity and community engagement.

For more information, please contact Jen at

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Video: Collaborations with Native American Nations: Community Based Participatory Research

Please watch and share Team Roswell’s journey and approach to community based research efforts in Native American communities.

The piece helps create awareness, education, and notes the importance of Employee Assistance Programs as a means of prevention and intervention.

Special thanks to Roswell Park’s Office of Cancer Health Disparities Research, RPCI’s Health Behavior and Health Communications Resource Team, and our community media partner, Western Door Productions (Gary Sundown). An additional thanks to academic champion and actor Dr. Evan Adams for sharing insights to workplace health (a.k.a. “Thomas-Builds-the-Fire”; Smoke Signals)

Embedding Spiritual & Sustainable Wisdom in Education and Research

13th Annual Aboriginal Education Research Forum ‘Shawane Dagosiwin’ – 5th Annual Canadian Symposium on Indigenous Teacher Education

Embedding Spiritual & Sustainable Wisdom in Education and Research as an Act of Reconciliation

Faculty of Education Building, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, MB/Canada

April 24 – 25, 2017

We are pleased to announce that the 13th Annual Aboriginal Education Research Forum – “Shawane Dagosiwin” is co-hosting with the Faculty of Education, University of Manitoba the 5th Canadian Symposium on Indigenous Teacher Education on Monday, April 24 & Tuesday, April 25, 2017. Location: Faculty of Education Building, Fort Garry Campus, University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

“Shawane Dagosiwin” (as translated from the Anishinaabe language) reflects the values of, and embraces integrity and respect for family and community in educational research. This year we are pleased to co-host this event organized through a planning committee that includes educators from Manitoba’s universities, the provincial departments of education, First Nations and Métis governments and various representative organizations.

The Canadian Symposium on Indigenous Teacher Education is hosted by various Faculties of Education in Canadian that take the lead in hosting the symposium. This annual event is in its 5th year and has been previously hosted by the University of British Columbia, University of Alberta, Memorial University of Newfoundland, and University of New Brunswick.

Keynote Speakers: Drs. Chantal Fiola & Jean-Paul Restoule

Registration fees (Includes admission to all sessions, forum meals, forum events, and nutrition breaks):

Presenters/posters – $225.00

Early Bird – $250.00 (March 24, 2017)

Regular – $275.00

One day regular – $200.00

Student presenter and/or participant – one day $80.00

Students – two day fee $100.00

We encourage you to register early to facilitate our planning of the conference program.

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Stafford Hood Presents… Carl A. Grant Scholars Lecture Series 2016-2017

Dr. Stafford Hood is lecturing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison April 6-7, 2017.

Come join us and hear about culturally responsive assessment and evaluation from one of the nation’s leading subject matter experts!  A lecture and brown bag provide opportunities for faculty, staff, and students to interact and visit with this warm, down to earth, and humble social justice scholar warrior.

As part of UW’s Carl A. Grant lecture series, Dr. Hood’s scholarly storytelling will provide a historical and practical way to understand and improve professional practice in this area.   “Continuing the Untold Legacy of African Americans in the History of American Evaluation: Another Installment in the Nobody Knows My Name Project” is Professor Hood’s research which continues to strongly influence the field of culturally responsive evaluation in education.

Dr. Hood is a recent American Evaluation Association Lazarsfeld Evaluation Theory awardee, the Founder/Director of the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment, and Faculty at University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Continuing the Untold Legacy of African Americans in the History of American Evaluation: Another Installment in the Nobody Knows My Name Project

Professor Hood’s research has influenced the field of culturally responsive evaluation in education by extending the logic of cultural responsiveness from pedagogy and educational assessment to evaluation. His work provided the historical framework that created a bridge between culturally responsive assessment to culturally responsive evaluation.

Presented By:

Stafford Hood, Sheila M. Miller Professor

Professor, Curriculum & Instruction and Ed. Psychology

Founding Director, Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation & Assessment (CREA)

College of Education University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Thursday, April 6, 2017, Noon-1 pm University of Wisconsin – Madison, Ed Sciences Building, Room 259 1025 West Johnson Street

Association for Institutional Research (AIR) 57th Annual Forum…Register Today!


MAY 30 – JUNE 2, 2017

The Forum, the annual conference for the Association for Institutional Research, is the world’s largest gathering of higher education professionals in institutional research, effectiveness, assessment, planning and related fields. The four-day event features more than 300 educational sessions and an Exhibit Hall showcasing the latest tools and services for these higher education fields.  Register today!


Monday 5/29

Tuesday 5/30 Forum Opening Day

Wednesday 5/31

Thursday 6/1

Friday 6/2

* Additional Fee Require


Check out This Resource for Native Youth Research!


 Tips for Researchers: Strengthening Research that Benefits Native Youth

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center invited several distinguished scholars to share their best practices to identify key aspects of ethics and process in research developed with and for Native youth.

The report is designed to guide efforts to include American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth in research, so that the research generates the maximum benefit for AI/AN youth and their communities, and importantly, does no harm. It offers some broad insights in five key areas, or “Tips”, in the hopes that this can be tool for communities of researchers, youth, and youth advocates to come together around and use to develop context-specific discussions and partnered research goals. The five key areas with lead author annotations include the following:

  1. Centering Youth Voices (Greg Tafoya)
  2. Engaging Tribal Communities (Catherine Burnette)
  3. The Power of Place-Based, Small-Scale Inquiry (Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz)
  4. Expanding Tribal Youth Research in Urban and National Settings (Michelle Sarche)
  5. Ethical Considerations (Deana Around Him)

View the Report here (PDF)

NCAI Policy Research Center. (2016). Tips for Researchers: Native Youth Research. Author: Washington, DC.

Topics for Conversations: Systems-Oriented Evaluation in Light of Racial Equity and Community Engagement and Leadership

Please enjoy the Kellogg guidebook on systems oriented evaluation. The guidebook is entitled Topics for Conversations: Systems-Oriented Evaluation in Light of Racial Equity and Community Engagement and Leadership. The introduction explains the shift from the guidebook to this document.

The topics for conversations presented are:

*           Ways of thinking about systems
*           Viewing culture as a system
*           Perspectives on system change
*           Focus of evaluation
*           Evaluators’ roles

In addition to the discussion of these topics, the document has appendices that include a glossary of terms and considerable information presented in earlier versions of the guidebook document.

The document is posted on the InSites website at at along with a variety of resources about systems-oriented evaluation.

Call for Reviewers

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (WI DPI) is seeking qualified individuals to serve as grant reviewers to read and score the 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant applications during the month of April 2017.   Reviewers will receive $50 per each completed application, with an expectation of there being 10-15 applications per reviewer.

To learn more and to be considered as a reviewer, go to our on-line application materials located at:

Interested individuals must complete the on-line form  by February 27, 2017 and e-mail your resume to Polly Tubbs at .  Please contact me if you have any questions about the application process and this important process.

TIPS FOR RESEARCHERS: Strengthening Research that Benefits Native Youth

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth deserve our very best. Although the phrase Native youth may hold different meanings for different audiences, use of the phrase here is meant to indicate AI/AN children and youth from the prenatal period to the age of twenty-four. Youth are a large and growing sector of AI/AN communities, making up 42 percent of the AI/AN population nationally and over 50 percent of the AI/AN population in some states like South Dakota. They are also growing up in contexts that are culturally, economically, environmentally, and technologically different from that of their parents and grandparents. Their notions of health, success, and identity are often distinct from those of other generations.

*Read the rest of the NCAI report here.