Partnering Organizations

Collaborating Partners

First Nations Behavioral Health

First Nations Behavioral Health Association (FNBH) advocates for the mental well being of Native People by increasing the knowledge and awareness of issues impacting Native mental healrh. It provides national leadership on planning, delivering, and increasing access to behavioral health services for Native peoples.

Minnesota Indian Women's Resource Center

The Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center (MIWRC) provides a range of gender and culturally based services to educate and empower American Indian women and their families and communities, including the prevention of commercial sexual exploitation of American Indian/ Alaskan Native women and girls.

Rural Alaska Community Action Program, Inc. (RurAL CAP)

Founded in 1965, RurAL CAP works to improve the lives of rural Alaskans by planning its activities with input from and respect for the cultures of the people it serves.

RurAL CAP recognizes the unique values and way of life of rural Alaskans. It plans its activities with input from and respect for the people it serves. It follows the belief that rural Alaskan communities have the right to maintain their cultural heritage and close relationship to the land while protecting their economic and human potential. A major OJJDP-funded initiative is its Resource Basket, which is how Tribes and youth-serving organizations in Alaska can request Training and Technical Assistance


Tribal Law & Policy Institute

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute is a Native American owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and deliver education, research, Training, and technical assistance programs which promote the enhancement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples. Tribal Law and Policy Institute seeks to facilitate the sharing of resources so that Indian Nations and tribal justice systems have access to cost effective resources which can be adapted to meet the individual needs of their communities.

UNITY – United National Indian Tribal Youth

UNITY is a national network organization promoting personal development, citizenship, and leadership among Native American youth. It’s mission is to, "foster the spiritual, mental, physical and social development of American Indian and Alaska Native youth, and to help build a strong, unified and self-reliant Native America through involvement of its youth." In keeping with its mission, UNITY has served the leadership needs of American Indian and Alaska Native youth for 37 years. UNITY is a national organization with over 140 youth councils operating in 35 states and Canada. 

United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY), and the Justice Department Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP), have entered a cooperative agreement and will offer developmental opportunities for Native American youth during the next three years.  Participants in the "Today's Native Leaders" Initiative will receive training at regional and national gatherings where they will gain leadership and other skills as they learn how to plan and carry out community service projects.


Wakanyeja Pawicayapi, Inc.

Wakanyeja Pawicayapi, Inc. (The Children First) is a Native American owned and operated non-profit organization based in Porcupine, South Dakota. WPI is dedicated to helping children that have suffered or been victimized in their home through revitalizing indigenous language and culture as a foundation for the healthy development and wellness of Native children, youth, and their families.


Consulting Partners

American Indian Policy Center

The American Indian Policy Center (AIPC) was founded in 1992, as a non-profit serving the Midwest Indian community. It was born out of a decade's worth of discussions among the founding group of American Indian professionals. What was needed, in the view of the founders, was a forum for American Indians and the wider community to discuss the challenges of contemporary Indian life--a place for diverse and divergent voices and perspectives.Today the Center focuses on research, policy development and education on critical Indian issues.

Cuidiu Consulting

Cuidiu (pronounced Qui-Doo) is an Irish word meaning "caring support" and Cuidiu Consulting seeks to support those organizations on the front line that provide caring support to other within communities. With over15 years of experience in providing specialty in program development and service delivery, Cuidiu Consulting uniquely provides both the technical expertise of a specialist and the broad knowledge of a generalist to support a range of functions to assist your organization. Cuidiu Consulting assists clients with program design and planning, program assessment, staff development and evaluation and provides expertise in the   following program areas:   Human Services, Education, Social Services, and Youth Development.

Indian Country Child Trauma Center

The Indian Country Child Trauma Center (ICCTC) was established to develop trauma-related treatment protocols, outreach materials, and service delivery guidelines specifically designed for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children and their families. The Indian Country Child Trauma Center is part of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. It is housed at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. A current program includes Project Making Medicine (PMM), a Training in Treatment of Child Physical and Sexual Abuse.

Kiva Institute

Founded in 2005, KIVA Institute, LLC offers a wide range of services to promote capacity building for tribal nations; and for federal and local agency service providers. Services range from programs operated by tribal nations under Public Law 93-638, the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act, to economic development, tribal governance, transportation and infrastructure development, strategic planning and energy resource development. It provides these services with the goal to enhance relationships between tribal nations and funding agencies; to assist tribal nations reach their goals of self-determination and to assist tribal nations in preserving and maintaining their sovereignty.

National Indian Youth Leadership Project

For over 25 years, NIYLP has been empowering the lives of Native youth through experiential education in a positive learning environment. Their adventure-based Project Venture programming is designed to be implemented year-round--in school and after school—and emphasizes experiential activities designed to incorporate traditional American Indian values of team building, problem solving, communication and cooperation. NIYLP seeks to foster youth leaders who are culturally sensitive and promote healthy lifestyles as an example for future generations. As a result of their outstanding evaluation data in developing alternatives to alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, Project Venture has been recognized by the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention and the National Registry of Evidence-based Programs & Practices as the first Native American model program.

Navajo Nation Corrections Project

Led by Lenny Foster, Program Supervisor, the Navajo Nation Corrections Project researches the issues affecting incarcerated Navajo and other Native Americans through meeting unmet spiritual, cultural and legal needs. He has nearly three decades of experience working with prisons and is a spiritual advisor for approximately 2000 Native American inmates in 96 state prisons and federal penitentiaries across the US. His experience in providing direct services includes; sweat lodge ceremonies, talking circles, spiritual gatherings, and individual and family counseling. Mr. Foster is also the board member of the International Indian Treaty Council; National Coordinator for the National Native American Prisoners Rights Advocates Coalition; and a member of the American Friends Service Committee Native American Task Force.

Sustainable Nations

Sustainable Nations, a Native-led nonprofit organization, has provided training and project development services to Native American communities in renewable energy, natural building, biologically based wastewater treatment, permaculture design, and food sovereignty since 2004. Sustainable Nations has hosted successful trainings, seeded reservation based green businesses and sustainability projects, installed renewable energy systems, constructed beautiful natural buildings, initiated a youth program, and is continuously providing consulting and support to community members and tribal organizations. Their trainings have become forums for cultural sharing, vision creation, cultural renewal, and movement planning. Sustainable Nations believes that, in this changing world, there is a strong need for locally based, truly sustainable, socially just development. The sense of anger, hopelessness, and historical trauma that is experienced by native youth is directly related to the perceived inability to live according to our traditional values and responsibilities in the modern world. Sustainable Nations provides youth with training that empowers them to re-learn traditional land-based building and agricultural practices, apply modern technologies in a manner consistent with traditional teachings, and develop highly valuable skills in our current economy that will also allow them to be protectors of their homelands and people.

Upper Midwest Community Policing Institute (UMCPI)

UMCPI offers uniquely designed programs for policing agencies facing the challenges of managing and leading in today’s rapidly changing policing environments. With custom approaches and techniques, UMCPI builds leadership capacity, fosters team development, and supports positive change.

White Bison

White Bison, Inc., is an American Indian non-profit charitable organization operating in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Founded in 1988, White Bison has offered sobriety, recovery, addiction prevention, and wellness/Wellbriety learning resources to the Native American community nationwide. White Bison is a proud facilitator of the Wellbriety Movement. Wellbriety means to be sober and well and to go on beyond sobriety and recovery, committing to a life of wellness and healing every day.  White Bison’s innovative curriculums promote traditional ways for developing skills at any stage in the life journey:  healing, character development, conflict management, communication, historical trauma recovery. These curriculums are available for individuals as well as whole communities.