2017 AIRA Meeting Call for Papers and Posters

The 2017 AIRA Meeting will take place FridaySaturday, and Sunday, October 20 – 21, 2017, with

Pre-Conference Workshops on Thursday, October 19, 2017.


The call for papers and posters is now open! Please see http://www.americanindigenousresearchassociation.org/annual-meeting/ for details. Abstracts are due to Lori Lambert (22leaningtree@gmail.com) no later than August 30.

WANTED: Indigenous Evaluation Scholars Interested in AEA’s Race and Class Dialog Discussions

We are looking for suggestions of Indigenous evaluation scholars who would be interested in participating in the third American Evaluation Association‘s Race and Class Dialog townhall discussions (AEA’s R&C Dialog info here).

Sessions are live streamed and the next session is September 29th, 2017 in Chicago IL at the Center for Culturally Responsive Evaluation and Assessment (CREA) (CREA) Conference. YOU MUST BE AT THE CREA CONFERENCE IN PERSON TO PARTICIPATE. Information about the CREA conference and how to register is here.

If you are interested in participating or could suggest someone who would be please send that info by May 31, 2017. Please forward the full name, job title organizational affiliation, and their e-mail directly to Nicky@bpcwi.com (AEA’s IPE TIG Chair and CREA Affiliate Researcher). I’ll compile the information and will forward it to AEA. AEA will be in touch to let you know if you’ve been selected. Thank you for your help and for sharing this information.

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 prakotallc@outlook.com.

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.

NEW Spring eCourse Offering: Wisconsin American Indian Studies

About the eCourse
The eCourse for Wisconsin American Indian Studies provides an overview to American Indian history, culture, and tribal sovereignty in the state of Wisconsin. This eCourse is designed to introduce both historical and contemporary issues regarding tribal nations and communities within Wisconsin.
Topics dealt with during the course include: early history, the history, the social organization and contemporary condition of Wisconsin’s American Indian people, communities, and nations. Tribal nations and communities highlighted throughout the eCourse include the Chippewa or Ojibwe, Menominee, Ho-Chunk, Potawatomi, Oneida, Stockbridge-Munsee Mohican, Brothertown, and Urban Indians.
For further information about the eCourse requirements, grading, schedule of readings, and homework, please visit the Wisconsin American Indian Studies eCourse web page.

Submit your Tribal Leader Scholar Forum Proposal by Feb. 17th!

Read the alert from NCAI!

At the Forum, we foster the open exchange of ideas and collaborative learning. We challenge ourselves, our presenters, and our participants to think beyond the presenter podium to more interactive working spaces — honoring the collective knowledge and memory contained in each organized breakout session.

We are soliciting three types of proposals: 1) Insight Proposals, 2) Concept Proposals, and 3) Poster Proposals.

  • Insight Proposal: Proposals feature insights from a research study, partnership, program or community initiative, or policy effort that has significance to the Forum theme. Selected proposals will be grouped as part of a panel by the NCAI reviewers.
  • Concept Proposal: Beyond soliciting traditional conference proposals, we are also soliciting brief concept papers that raise provocative ideas for community development and lay culture at the foundation. These presentations can propose a new model of federal funding, a new method for building data infrastructure, or a new policy advocacy approach, among others.
  • Poster Proposals: Proposals can highlight completed or ongoing research with significance to the Forum theme. This format is most suitable for students, colleges and universities, and community programs to share information with tribal leaders and citizens on their efforts and programs.

All proposals should be submitted to research@ncai.org by Friday, February 17th at 5:00pm (Eastern).

To access our Proposal Template, please visit: http://www.ncai.org/policy-research-center/initiatives/tribal-leader-scholar-forum.

Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask

Study Circles Online Conversation “Everything You Wanted to Know About Indians But Were Afraid to Ask” by Anton Treuer

Orientation** – February 15, 2017 | Online via Zoom; 4:00 pm – 4:30 pm

Session 1 – March 8, 2017 | Online via Zoom; 4:00-6:00 pm
Session 2 – Mach 29, 2017 | Online via Zoom; 4:00-6:00 pm
Session 3 – April 19, 2017 | Online via Zoom; 4:00-6:00 pm

**There is a prerequisite to receiving a copy of the book, which is participating in the orientation session on February 15, 2017.

These sessions will be a facilitated online conversation using the Zoom cloud video conferencing platform and will be facilitated by:
Melissa Moe – Network Training and Supports Project Coordinator, Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network (i.e. “The Network”)

David O’Connor – American Indian Studies Consultant, Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction

Fees, Schedule, and Registration
There are no fees to participate in this training, but pre-registration is required.

registration button
All participants will be provided with the book at no charge. Please register early so a book can be sent to you prior to the first session.
Note: The book will not be sent to you until after you participate in the required orientation session on February 15, 2017.
  • February 15, 2017  |  4:00 pm – 4:30 pm via Zoom
    Prerequisite Orientation Session
  • March 8, 2017 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm via Zoom
    Readings: Terminology, History, Religion, Culture and Identity
  • March 29, 2017 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm via Zoom
    Readings: Pow Wow, Tribal languages, Politics
  • April 19, 2017 | 4:00 pm – 6:00 pm via Zoom
    Readings: Economics, Education, Perspectives

Contact Melissa Moe, Training and Supports Project Coordinator
Ph: (715) 986-2020, ext. 2127 or mmoe@TheNetworkWI.com.
For more great training opportunities offered by The Network, visitwww.TheNetworkWI.com.

Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health Call for Posters!

The Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) is hosting its 5th Annual Health Research Summit at the Sanford Center in Sioux Falls, SD.  The poster session is a wonderful opportunity for networking and sharing information on your great projects.

Preconference workshops – April 4th, 8:30am to 4:30pm
Poster Session – April 4th, 4:30pm to 6:00pm
Summit Day 1 – April 5th, 8:30am to 6:00pm
Summit Day 2 – April 6th, 8:15am to 12:10pm

To learn more about what is planned for the 2017 Summit visit www.crcaih.org/summit

If you are interested in presenting a poster, please complete our poster abstract submission form by following the link below.


Poster Submission Deadline: February 28, 2017
CRCAIH promotes collaborative research partnerships with Tribal communities, research institutions, and healthcare entities to develop innovative research that will improve American Indian health. The annual Summit is a platform that brings together Tribal communities and health researchers from multiple disciplines across the South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota region.

New Funding Opportunity: Indigenous Project LAUNCH Due on 3/1/2017

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Center for Mental Health Services (CMHS) is accepting applications for FY 2017 Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health in American Indian/Alaskan (AI/AN) Native Communities and U.S. Territories and Pacific Jurisdictions Cooperative Agreements (Short title:  Indigenous Project LAUNCH).

The purpose of this program is to promote the wellness of young children from birth to eight years within tribes, territories and Pacific Island jurisdictions by addressing the physical, social, emotional, cognitive and behavioral aspects of their development.

The goal of Project LAUNCH is for children to be thriving in safe, supportive environments, and entering school ready to learn and able to succeed.

Applications are due on March 1, 2017

Please share this announcement with your colleagues and tribal stakeholders. For more information, visit https://www.samhsa.gov/grants/grant-announcements/sm-17-004. Please send all questions to IndigenousLAUNCH@samhsa.hhs.gov.

Register Today! Addressing the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin Workshop!



Register today the American Indian Student Achievement Gap in Wisconsin Workshop presented by The Disproportionality Technical Assistance Network. There will be 4 offerings of this workshop throughout Wisconsin. The 1st offering is November 1st at Lake of the Torches Resort in Lac du Flambeau.

As a result of participating in this training, attendees will:

  • Have an increased understanding of American Indian student achievement in Wisconsin and the use of data to improve results for students
  • Be provided with an experience that integrates CCSS math standards with CRT and provide a lens for making schools more constructive places for Native children
  • Have increased knowledge of culturally relevant teaching strategies that have positive learning impact for all students
  • Receive useful and helpful resources for “continuing the work”

Register here: http://login.myquickreg.com/register/event/event.cfm?eventid=16375