Document Type

Conference Proceeding


Public health research in American Indian communities involves many complex issues that may both help and hinder the development of an effective research methodology and the collection, analysis, and utilization of data. These issues include: 1) the unique strengths and diversity of Indian cultures; 2) the complicated relationships that exist between federal, state, and tribal agencies; 3) the vast distances between communities and services that exist in rural areas; 4) extremely limited human and financial resources; 5) overlapping and often conflicting legal and jurisdictional authorities; and 6) an array of social issues including poverty, substance abuse, modernization, and assimilation. Defining the parameters of any health issue requires a broad based understanding of the unique social, cultural, and political dynamics of Indian tribes and tribal communities.


Assimilation (Sociology); Indians of North America; Indians of North America--Cultural assimilation; Poverty; Public health; Qualitative research; Quantitative research; Research; Research—Methodology; Substance abuse


Community-Based Research | Indigenous Studies | Medicine and Health | Quantitative, Qualitative, Comparative, and Historical Methodologies | Race and Ethnicity | Rural Sociology | Substance Abuse and Addiction

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