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This study asked a single question: What is it that tribal colleges are doing that might explain their success in retention of high-risk students? An ethnography of a typical tribal college identified three ways in which family support contributes to retention. These are provision of a...
This study identified values associated with cultural transmission in the face of societal oppression. Practices used by urban American Indian women to transmit cultural knowledge, as well as values and attitudes toward learning—which are themselves vital lessons about what it means to be...
Native families have had a long history of holistic living. Living in cooperation with the environment, animals, and the spirit world has connected native people to the sacred hoop. This reverence for balance and a spiritual belief that the child is the center of the universe and tribe gave...
Acquiring and using cultural competence in service delivery or research is a process in which the service provider or researcher must acknowledge cultural differences, develop awareness of personal cultural values, understand cross-cultural interactions, learn the family's culture, and adapt the...
Indian Child and Family Services (ICFS)is a non-profit organization established in 1980 to implement the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. There are thirty-three Indian reservations in Southern California and ICFS strives to sustain these family and tribal ties to promote and preserve indigenous...
This article discusses three cases of American Indian families who presented for therapy at an urban mental health center. The framework of adult attachment is used to understand the cross-generational continuity of mental health concerns in these families, and American Indian families more...
A review of the pertinent literature and interviews of key informants provided the basis for an exploration into the historical antecedents of some of the mental health and family issues of the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua, and Siuslaw (CTCLUS) Indians of Oregon. This project was...
Nowhere in the United States do elders enjoy a more revered status than in tribal communities. They are, according to many Indian leaders, our strength, our living heritage, our teachers. They are the keepers of our traditions and the guardians of our way of life. Even the U.S. Congress, in its...
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