Many American Indian and Alaskan Native youth have experienced historical trauma and marginalization. Some youth may have experienced abuse, neglect, and witnessed violence. Youth may be facing a lack of hope in their current environment, which raises concerns of depression and suicide. The following resources in this section offer insight into the perspectives of American Indian and Alaskan Native youth and provide information on services and programs specifically designed to support the well-being of these young people.
Center for Native American Youth at the Aspen Institute
Provides information on health and educational opportunities and programs focused on Native American youth.
Native Youth Programs
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Highlights opportunities for American Indian and Alaskan Native youth to participate in events on a national scale, such as policy advocacy in Washington, DC. NCAI supports Native youth in their commitment to their communities.
Nawicakiciji-Woasniye-Oaye Waste: A Process Evaluation of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe’s Defending Childhood Initiative (PDF - 1,894 KB)
The Center for Court Innovation
Discusses the oversight and staffing structure of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Defending Childhood Initiative (Rosebud DCI), the program model, implementation barriers, facilitators, and sustainability of this program designed to address children's exposure to violence in their communities. The report concludes that despite challenges related to staff turnover and local politics, the Rosebud DCI was able to realize important accomplishments.
That's My People
U.S. Department of Justice (2011)
Depicts issues that Tribal youth across regions identified as important to address within their communities. There is also a PDF from the National Intertribal Youth Summit (NIYS), That's My People: Reflections from the 2011 NIYS (PDF - 1,178 KB).
Tribal Youth Program
Ponca Tribe of Nebraska
Describes the services provided to Native American youth to instill traditional values, raise cultural awareness, and promote overall well-being in the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Tribal Youth Program (TYP).
Young Adult, Formerly in Foster Care: My People Heal Us [video]
Children's Bureau's Child Welfare Capacity Building Collaborative
Shares Daryle's story about being separated from his cultural background and Tribal family upon entering foster care and his journey to reconnect to his Tribe.