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Native Youth in Action - Tribal Government Civics Course A distance learning classroom and social forum for Native Youth in Action program participants. The classroom curricula consists of culturally appropriate curricula on Native American educational, cultural and social issues. This information may assist NYA program participants in setting goals for their service learning activities. NYA program participants are encouraged to add information about their own communities to this distance learning curricula.

Technology Tips for Distance Learning Success Technology Tips for Distance Learning Success is a moderated online course provided by the National Indian Justice Center, the pioneer in training and technical assistance for tribal communities nationwide since 1983. This course is especially designed for California Native people who are interested in improving their skills or pursuing interests new and old through distance learning.

Thanks to the California Consumer Protection Foundation, Community Collaborative Fund for providing a grant to support course development.

Communities Empowering Youth: Activating Native Youth Assets This site provides networking opportunities and informational and distance learning resources for the Activating Native Youth Assets Project. The project and this social forum site serves Native youth, tribes and professional and volunteers from Native youth serving community- and faith-based organizations in Sonoma, Lake and Mendocino Counties.  It is created and moderated by the National Indian Justice Center (NIJC). 

The Activating Native Youth Assets Project is a three-year capacity building initiative funded by the Administration for Children and Families, DHHS, Compassion Capital Fund. NIJC administers the project in collaboration with the California Indian Museum and Cultural Center (CIMCC) and the Sonoma County Indian Health Project (SCIHP). The goal of the project is to build our individual and mutual organizational capacity so that we may serve as resources to help strengthen existing Native and non-Native assets for positive Native youth development in our region.

Highway Work Zone Safety On Tribal Lands This course addresses the need for tribal leaders (employers) and tribal transportation personnel (employees) in California and Nevada to develop competency in OSHA and state standards and requirements and be better able to recognize hazards and integrate work zone safety considerations in planning, managing, and field operation of roadway/highway construction projects on tribal lands.

This material was produced under grant SH-17819-08-60-F-6 from the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, U.S. Department of Labor. It does not necessarily reflect the views or policies of the U.S. Department of Labor, nor does mention of trade names, commercial products, or organizations imply endorsement by the U.S. Government.

Preparing a Healthy Path: Planning and Implementing Tribal Adult Healing to Wellness Courts for Participants Who Have FAS/FAE The goal of the Preparing a Healthy Path: Planning and Implementing Tribal Adult Healing to Wellness Course for Participants Who Have FAS/FAE distance learning curriculum is to increase the capacity of tribal communities nationwide to plan, implement and operate tribal adult drug courts to meet the unique needs of participants who have FAS/FAE in order to reduce crime in Indian Country.

This online course is funded through a grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance, Byrne Competitive Grant Program, Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice. Neither the U.S. Department of Justice nor any of its components operate, control, are responsible for, or necessarily endorse, this online course (including, without limitation, its content, technical infrastructure, and policies, and any services or tools provided). You may also download the curriculum from our FAS Project site.

Health Promotion and Disease Prevention


Safe Journeys: A Report on Roadway Safety in California Indian Country - This is a report on safety and roadway conditions in California Indian country. The purpose of this report is to show the lack of adequate data being collected on reservations regarding safety and roadway related accidents and deaths. There is also a lack of adequate funding for educational programs that teach about driver safety and other driver related precautions. Please read the following report, and then complete the survey provided. We appreciate your assistance in helping NIJC to gather data about the safety needs of your tribe.
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Turning Points: A Commitment to Build Stronger and Safer Tribal Communities: - The National Indian Justice Center (NIJC) received a cooperative contract with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's (CDC) Injury Prevention Center to develop a prevention training curriculum to build capacity among tribal leaders, tribal families, health service providers, teachers, social workers, law enforcement, judges and non-Natives who work with the target population to engage Native American men and boys in SV/IPV prevention. The curriculum will potentially include, but is not limited to the following elements:

1. A description of the dimensions of SV/IPV in tribal communities and the associated risk and protective factors including descriptions of individual, family and community stressors or factors that increase the risks of SV/IPV.

2. Multi-generational trauma and its impact on violence prevention.

3. An overview of effective and tested prevention strategies for working with men and boys.

4. Developing community based strategies for changing men and boy norms and response including creating effective cross-cultural prevention educational tools and public information campaigns, and strategies for changing by-stander response to SV/IPV.

5. Tribal code and policy development as prevention.

6. Effective strategies for modeling and promoting non-violent individual and family behavior, accountability and positve choices with anger.

7. Developing and sustaining peer-to-peer mentoring programs for boys and men and anti-violence champions.

8. Understanding the special needs of FAS/FAE individuals and strategies for working with them around violence prevention.

The training curriculum will provide participants with methods for networking existing tribal, private organizations, public, state and federal resources and development of new local resources that will enable tribes to enhace the protective factors that will reduce incidences of SV/IPV in their communities. Click here to take survey

Preparing a Healthy Path: The Impacts of FAS/ARND on Tribal Justice Systems - This curriculum was developed for tribal justice system personnel to provide information about and strategies for responding to the impacts of fetal alcohol syndrome (FAS) and alcohol related neurodevelopmental disorder (ARND) upon Tribal Courts, especially Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts. The curriculum also provides tools for justice systems to help meet the unique needs of tribal members who suffer from FAS/ARND and are defendants, witnesses or victims of crime. The goal of the curriculum is to promote FAS/ARND awareness among justice system personnel in an effort to increase responsiveness to tribal members who suffer from FAS/ARND. It is our hope that increased awareness of FAS/ARND will result in the development of local programs and efforts that reduce secondary disabilities associated with FAS/ARND.

Distance Learning Project – A planning project to assess the need and feasibility of creating a distance-learning infrastructure through which intergenerational learning methods can be conveyed between the National Indian Justice Center in Santa Rosa, California and four remote endpoints located near concentrated populations of California Natives.  Funded by a grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce, Public Telecommunications Facilities Program. The survey on Distance Education Needs In California Indian Communities is now closed. The winner of the Pendleton blanket is Arvada McCloud of the Pit River Tribe.

Western Transportation Training and Technical Assistance Needs Assessment Survey - Please share your training session and technical assistance needs with the Western TTAP by responding to the Western TTAP Training and Technical Assistance Needs Assessment Survey. Your responses to the survey found at the link below will help us determine future training topics, locations and dates. Click Here to Complete the Western TTAP Training and Technical Assistance Needs Assessment Survey

Initiative to Promote Development among Native Youth in Lake, Sonoma and Mendocino Counties - A regional, collaborative intervention project focused on building basic and intermediate computer skills, literacy and cultural knowledge for Indian youth aged 12-17 who because of school dropout or poor school performance, are at risk for unemployment, substance abuse and violence. Supported by grants from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Indian Health Service, The California Wellness Foundation and the California Consumer Protection Foundation.

Living History Outreach Project — Develops a model virtual field trip on California Indian cultures with California Indian youth using video-teleconferencing and video-streaming technology. SEQ CHAPTER \h \r 1Creates a primary resource on California Indians for schoolteachers and students in California and nationwide while providing California Indian youth with a forum for sharing their stories and affirming their identities and a means for developing job skills and cultural skills. Supported by grants from the Community Technology Fund of California and the SBC Excelerator Program.