National Congress of American Indians-Policy Research Center

NCAI Policy Research Center
Projects and Resources

SAVE THE DATE! NCAI Policy Research Center’s 13th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum.
Please plan now to attend the 13th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum on June 5, 2018 during
the NCAI 2018 Mid Year Conference in Kansas City, MO. The theme is, “Lighting the Way: New
Paths for Research to Policy.”

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findings and topics related to AI/AN research and policy priorities. To view recordings of
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NCAI Policy Research Center , Supporting Indian Country in Shaping it’s Own Future

Tribal Data Capacity

Using Science to Building Tribal Capacity for Data-Intensive Research


The project includes the following activities:

  • Survey of tribal data capacity and practices
  • Review of the time tribes spend on meeting federal reporting requirements
  • Review of the experiences of tribes that received pilot grants to plan and conduct their own censuses  and surveys
  • Review of current tribal and program service populations and geographic service areas
  • Convening stakeholders to discuss tribal data capacity issues at the NCAI Policy Research Center’s Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum and other venues
  • Developing reports on project work with recommendations for improving and encouraging tribal data collection efforts


Pilot Grantees:

  • Kalispel Tribe of Indians
  • Pueblo of Laguna
  • Nez Perce Tribe
  • Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians
  • Rocky Mountain Tribal Epidemiology Center

NCAI Policy Research Center, Supporting Indian Country in Shaping it’s Own Future

Tribal Public Health Law

Tribal Public Health Law can be a key tool in the work of tribal leaders to strengthen public health in their communities in a range of ways, including by serving to:

  • Provide a mechanism to exercise authority (via the development of rules, regulations,); policies, and procedures by codifying, implementing, and enforcing laws and policies
  • Build infrastructure to sustain public health initiatives
  • Establish a legal framework to prepare for emergencies
  • Establish a coordinated effort to respond to public health concerns
  • Prioritize public health issues not currently addressed
  • Set a priority for engaging with public health data to improve health and save lives

SAMHSA Announces Federal Action For People Living With Serious Mental Illness

The Way Forward: Federal Action for a System That Works for All People Living With SMI and SED and Their Families and Caregivers

Interdepartmental Serious Mental Illness Coordinating Committee Releases Report to Congress

Download the Full Report

Download the Executive Summary

UW-Madison Center for Limnology

Emily Stanley Awarded the 2018 G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award

Emily Stanley

Emily Stanley, professor at the Center for Limnology and department of Integrative Biology at the University of Wisconsin, Madison, is the 2018 recipient of the G. Evelyn Hutchinson Award from the Association for the Sciences of Limnology and Oceanography.

The G. Evelyn Hutchinson award honors a limnologist or oceanographer who has made considerable contributions to knowledge, and whose future work promises a continued legacy of scientific excellence. Stanley is being recognized for her outstanding contributions to the understanding of the roles hydrology and the biogeochemistry of nitrogen and carbon play in lake and stream ecology, Stanley will be presented the award at the ASLO Summer Meeting in Victoria, British Columbia in June 2018.

Stanley has consistently pushed scientists to look beyond traditional physical and disciplinary boundaries of freshwater research. Her early research explored the linkages between stream nutrient dynamics, sediment transport, large-scale geomorphic changes and dam removal – research that provided critical data to natural resource managers.

More recently, Stanley played a leading role in improving the understanding of carbon dioxide and methane production in flowing waters and its potential to contribute to the global carbon cycles. Early work published by Stanley and her students in 2013 and 2014 provided some of the first evidence that streams can be an important source of methane and that hydrologic connectivity plays an important role in the carbon cycle. Stanley’s 2016 review paper which synthesized the relevant published data on this topic proposed a future research agenda to address data gaps and biases in existing literature and has been praised by colleagues as an important contribution to the field.

Stanley’s influence in freshwater research extends far beyond her own lab. As Principal Investigator at the North Temperate Lakes Long-Term Ecological Research (NTL-LTER) site, she provides strong leadership to a large team of NTL-LTER researchers, formulating research questions and field studies in northern Wisconsin’s Vilas County.

“Throughout her career, Emily has probed the boundaries of freshwater science to discover new linkages between systems and concepts,” says ASLO President Linda Duguay. “She is a productive and highly cited researcher who has already contributed greatly to our discipline. Hutchinson asked that this award be given to individuals who promise a ‘continued legacy of scientific excellence.’ Emily Stanley is certainly one such individual and we are pleased to honor her work with the 2018 Hutchinson Award.”

ASLO is an international aquatic science society that was founded in 1948. For more than 60 years, it has been the leading professional organization for researchers and educators in the field of aquatic science. The purpose of ASLO is to foster a diverse, international scientific community that creates, integrates and communicates knowledge across the full spectrum of aquatic sciences, advances public awareness and education about aquatic resources and research, and promotes scientific stewardship of aquatic resources for the public interest. Its products and activities are directed toward these ends. With more than 3,500 members worldwide, the society has earned an outstanding reputation and is best known for its journals, interdisciplinary meetings, and special symposia. For more information about ASLO, please visit our website at


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Dr. Adrienne Sponberg, ASLO Director of Communications and Science

Tel: 301-637-7783

SAMHSA Announces New Technical Assistance Programs in Opioid Use

New Efforts To Advance Evidence-Based Practices in

Behavioral Health

SAMHSA announces new technical assistance programs to advance evidence-based practices for opioid use and serious mental illness (SMI). 

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Robert Johnson Wood Foundation, Programs Helping to Build Leaders of Tomorrow

 RWJF’s leadership development programs are designed to help you advance your leadership skills, and connect you with other innovators to advance big ideas and solutions.

Participants in the programs will:

  • Receive high-caliber curriculum and coaching from national leaders.
  • Collaborate with other cutting-edge thinkers to create greater impact.
  • Accelerate their ability to build healthy communities, inform public opinion and policy, and contribute significantly to building a Culture of Health.
  • Receive funding to support their participation.

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Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

Last fall, more than 500 people – tribal officials, elders, youth, researchers, and practitioners from 37 states, four countries, and more than 50 different tribes – attended the Second Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition in Prior Lake, Minnesota.

Read the 2017 nutrition conference report

In addition to the report, we invite you to join us for the next conference in this series on October 2-5, 2018. Registration will open this spring. Click here for more information.



Third Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition

Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, Minnesota

October 2-5, 2018

American Indian College Fund, Education Is The Answer


WisDOT Tribal Affairs Program Open Position – The Statewide Tribal Liaison position – Program and Policy Analyst – Advanced

This position is part of the Division of Transportation System Development Administrators Office helping to implement the civil rights, economic development, cultural resources/environmental, transportation safety, partnership, training and consultation coordination outlined in the WisDOT’s FHWA Partnership Agreement and fulfill requirements of the Governor’s Executive Order 39.

The position is currently posted on Wisconsin Jobs Site and will close on April 8, 2018. To ensure we have adequate tribal participation we are asking tribal governments and representatives to share this posting with their communities. In an effort to increase our pool of qualified candidates, moving/relocation expenses may be available. We expect interviews to be held the week of April 23, 2018.

WisDOT intends to include tribes in both the recruitment and selection process. If you are interested in serving on the interview panel or would like additional information on the opening please contact Kelly Jackson, Statewide Tribal Liaison at or 608-266-3761.