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Publications/Journal Articles

The following resources provide basic information for grassroots leaders, community agencies, and justice, education, and health systems, as well as others who provide or coordinate services in American Indian/Alaska Native communities.

American Indian and Alaska Native section of SPRC’s Online Library

A searchable collection of relevant resource materials on various topics including suicide, suicide prevention, and mental health. Many of the materials are available in full-text at no cost.

Addressing Depression Among American Indians and Alaska Natives: A Literature Review

The purpose of this report is to highlight and review literature, programs and activities focused on depression and other common mental health conditions in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities in the United States. In 2010 the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) initiated its Health Equity Project in order to examine the health disparities affecting urban AI/AN communities. This report represents a synthesis of academic (articles in scholarly, typically peer-reviewed journals) and grey literature (from a variety of sources including websites, online documents, government reports and presentations). This combination of findings is uncommon in typical reviews of depression and mental health among AI/ANs, which tend to focus on peer-reviewed academic literature.

Canadian First Nations Research on Culture as a Protective Factor in Suicide Prevention

Community-Based Participatory Research in American Indian and Alaska Native Communities. (2010).

This paper discusses the usefulness of CBPR for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities and presents several case studies of CBPR in tribal communities. CBPR prioritizes the community in research design: the community is involved in developing research questions and methods; collecting data; analyzing data; and writing publications and disseminating data.

Public Health in a Multicultural Environment Resources

A gathering of journal articles, books, and electronic resources that provide information on Engaging and Enhancing Community, Resources to Inform Change Efforts, Individual and Personal Cultural Perspectives, Social Capital, Transformative Leadership, and Change Management.

Research That Benefits Native People: Module 1-Foundations of Research: An Indigenous Perspective

Research that Benefits Native People: A Guide for Tribal Leaders is the work of numerous tribal leaders, researchers, practitioners, and students. By recognizing the value of both Indigenous ways of knowing and Western research approaches, tribal leaders can choose to reap the benefits of Western research while still respecting their own community standards. This research curriculum is intended to be a resource for tribal leadership as they fulfill their role as responsible stewards of their communities. The curriculum helps to start a dialogue about reconciling Indigenous and Western worldviews and provides practical information on how to engage with a broad range of research techniques.


These web pages are designed specifically for individuals working with Native populations. Our aim is to enhance resources and knowledge specific for American Indian and Alaska Native populations to support suicide prevention and mental health promotion. We welcome your feedback. Send suggestions to Al-ANPages@sprc.org.