Working with American Indian & Alaska Native Communities


The child abuse prevention community has a responsibility to advance racial equity and support underserved communities in their Community-Based Child Abuse Prevention (CBCAP) work.

“Recent research demonstrates that American Indian and Alaskan Native children are more likely to be removed from the home, stay out-of-home care longer, and experience more placement settings compared to white and non-native children.” 1

The following material was compiled to provide state and local leaders with information to promote understanding in the field of family strengthening to proactively collaborate with tribal communities to promote health and well-being through culturally responsive prevention strategies.


“When we show our respect for other living things, they respond with respect for us.” – Arapaho


1Edwards, F., Rocha Beardall, T., and Curtis, H. (2021). “American Indian and Alaska Native Overexposure to Foster Care and Family Surveillance in the US: A Quantitative Overview of Contemporary System Contact.” SocArXiv Papers April 1. Accessed July 17, 2023.

Terminology: A Matter of Respect

Native Nations, Native Americans, Indigenous Americans, American Indians, Alaskan Natives, Tribal Communities: When addressing American Indians and Alaskan Natives it is best to inquire about the terminology that is preferred by their Native nation or tribal community.  The information throughout this content will reflect varying communities use of one or more identification terminology.

About Tribal Sovereignty:

The U.S. Constitution, congressional acts, and case law re-affirm the unique relationship between tribes and the federal government, known as the federal trust responsibility. Each tribe has its own governing body, laws and ordinances, culture, language, and traditions that ensure the Tribal Nations’ ability to govern, protect and enhance the health, safety, and welfare of tribal citizens within tribal territory. The enactment of the Indian Self-Determination and Education Assistance Act in 1975, facilitated Native nations to develop and operate their own education, health, housing, and social service programs.

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