The history of the treatment of Tribes is replete with examples of violence, displacement, and forced assimilation, all of which have contributed to collective experiences of intergenerational trauma. The trauma of being disconnected from their Tribal roots has contributed to the mental health, substance use, and domestic violence issues still of concern among many American Indian communities. Find resources in this section related to mental health concerns, historical trauma, suicide, substance use, and domestic violence as it relates to American Indian children and families.
Arctic Winds Healing Winds: Leadership for Results [Video]
Capacity Building Center for Tribes (2017)
Explains key takeaways from the Arctic Winds Healing Winds nonprofit based in Alaska. The nonprofit emphasizes enhancing and strengthening leadership capacity around story trauma.
Substance Use and Mental Health Issues Among U.S.-Born American Indians or Alaska Natives Residing on and off Tribal Lands
Park-Lee, Lipari, Bose, Hughes, Greenway, Glasheen, Herman-Stahl, Penne, Pemberton, & Cajka (2018)
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality
Describes the behavioral health differences among American Indians and Alaska Natives based on Tribal land residential status.
TIP 61: Behavioral Health Services for American Indians and Alaska Natives
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (2019)
Offers population-specific information and guidance to providers on delivering culturally responsive behavioral health services.