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In our own journey for knowledge, we have found various sites, programs, and tools that are helpful in understanding and taking actionable steps in mental health, education, and cultural continuity.  Here we will provide links, articles, videos, etc. that support community and cultural vitality.  Those that would benefit from this information include: Schools, State Education Boards and Committees, Educational Service Districts, Tribal Families, Tribal Health Departments, and Tribal Leaders.

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Trauma Informed Systems

Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention - Tribal Youth: Virtual Library

The Tribal Youth Resource Center in partnership with the National Native Children's Trauma Center offers training and consultation in the development of trauma-informed tribal juvenile justice systems.  

Unlocking the Door to Learning: Trauma-Informed Classrooms and Transformational Schools

In Unlocking the Door to Learning: Trauma-Informed Classrooms & Transformational Schools, ELC Senior Staff Attorney Maura McInerney, Esq. and Amy McKlindon, M.S.W. discuss the impact of trauma on learning and what schools and educators can do to create a trauma-informed learning environment.

National Native Children’s Trauma Center

Category II Treatment and Service Adaptation Center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, our focus is on increasing service providers' ability to respond to the trauma-related needs of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and youth in culturally appropriate ways.


The Heart of Learning and Teaching: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success

Washington State brings us "The Heart of Learning and Teaching: Compassion, Resiliency, and Academic Success. Using the “ compassionate teaching approach,” this carefully nuanced and clearly written book represents an unprecedented collaboration among public school, university, and Washington State Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction educational professionals. This rich publication demonstrates that we can overcome the silos of our different fields to provide schools with the support they need to help all children learn. With its excellent analysis of teaching approaches, it argues for supporting—not blaming—educators who work daily to help children become competent learners despite the enormous barriers posed by traumatic experiences. This work marks a milestone for Washington State and contributes significantly to bringing the trauma-sensitive schools movement to the next level.


Education Northwest

A regional educational non-profit that works to improve educational outcomes and close educational disparity gaps.  Click here to view their Native Education page.

Culturally Responsive

Tribal Standards for Culturally Responsive Schools

These “cultural standards” are predicated on the belief that a firm grounding in the heritage

language and culture indigenous to a particular place is a fundamental prerequisite for the development of culturally-healthy students and communities associated with that place, and thus is an essential ingredient for identifying the appropriate qualities and practices associated with culturally responsive educators, curriculum and schools.


The Edvocate: Culturally Responsive Pedagogy

This web page has a list of articles focused on how to be culturally responsive in education.

UCLA Researchers Show That Culture Influences Brain Cells

This article describes how culture influences brain development and structure.  

Your brain on culture

The burgeoning field of cultural neuroscience is finding that culture influences brain development, and perhaps vice versa.


"Collectivist cultures may give individuals who are genetically susceptible to depression a tacit or explicit expectation of social support."

Culture Card: A Guide to Build Awareness: American Indian and Alaska Native

Service providers should use this guide to ensure the following Five Elements of Cultural Competence* are being addressed: 1. Awareness, acceptance and valuing of cultural differences 2. Awareness of one’s own culture and values 3. Understanding the range of dynamics that result from the interaction between people of different cultures 4. Developing cultural knowledge of the particular community served or to access cultural brokers who may have that knowledge 5. Ability to adapt individual interventions, programs, and policies to fit the cultural context of the individual, family, or community

Tribal Consultation

Oregon Department of Education - Tribal Consultation Toolkit Guide 1.0

A guide for: • Local Educational Agencies (LEAs) • Tribal Leaders • Tribal Communities

Tribal Consultation - U.S. Department of the Interior

National Indian Education Association (NIEA)- Tribal Consultation Guides

National Congress of American Indians - Tribal Consultation Support Center -

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