November is designated as a time to celebrate Native American Heritage, although many of us celebrate it every day. One aspect of our beautiful heritage includes culturally driven leadership practices, values and philosophy. Although Tribal Nations have differences and similarities in leadership styles, it would be safe to assume that historically, many, if not all, promoted and practiced cultural values as the foundation for leadership. There were rigorous training standards for becoming an effective Tribal/Indigenous leader, none of which was based on learning from a book. Additionally, there were leadership roles that require life-long training. For example, according to the Lakota worldview, babies and children instilled with cultural teachings can help them to live a balanced, healthy, happy and productive life and ultimately can lead to becoming a wise and strong Elder. Tribal Elders were often seen as the family and community leaders.
As America celebrates Veteran’s Day, many Indigenous people are torn. Our people serve in the United States Armed Forces at some of the highest rates of any group. Much of this is a result of our history and intrinsic warrior spirit. While most Indigenous people acknowledge this legacy and the selflessness and bravery military service entails, they struggle with serving a government that has been intent on our erasure. As the spouse of an active military member, even I have pondered this dichotomy. Where do we as Indigenous people fall in this multifaceted idea of service and patriotism? This conundrum is one I believe can only be explored and defined on an individual level. What I think most Indigenous people can agree on is that we share a warrior spirit.
Staff Reports: Anna Clough, JD
Data suggests that high numbers of youth are using e-cigarettes. The United States Surgeon General has issued a warning related to the use of e-cigarettes by adolescents. Understanding the numerous risks associated with vaping is important for youth serving organizations and service providers.
The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center provides culturally appropriate, trauma-informed and developmentally appropriate training, resources, information and other related technical assistance to all OJJDP Tribal Programs grantees and federally recognized tribes across the nation. The OJJDP Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center has developed culturally specific training and technical assistance for tribes seeking to build capacity to develop, expand, improve and maintain their juvenile justice systems. Priority areas include juvenile healing to wellness courts, tribal youth specific prevention, intervention, and treatment programming and tribal-state collaborations to meet the needs of American Indian/Alaska Native children exposed to violence.
The staff at the Tribal Youth Resource Center welcomes the opportunity to work with tribal programs in the coming years. With a wide range of skills and experiences in trauma informed care, cultural based teachings, community participatory evaluation, as well as mental health, law enforcement, suicide prevention, judicial expertise, child welfare, juvenile justice, tribal-state-federal relations, and tribal sovereignty, our staff is well equipped to provide a high level of technical assistance and training. As part of the many programs and services available through the Tribal Law and Policy Institute, we are fortunate to have the extensive infrastructure to support our efforts. Our center is commited to providing culturally relevant and trauma-informed principles in our delivery of services to the OJJDP tribal grantees and the other tribes who seek our services.