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The Department of American Indian Studies is proud to be partnered with and supported by a number of non-profit and community-based organizations and programs:

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American Indian Recruitment (AIR) Programs

The American Indian Recruitment (AIR) Program offers supplemental educational instruction through tutoring, mentoring, and various activities designed to achieve success within high school and higher education. Created in 1993 at SDSU, the AIR Program now also includes partnerships with the University of San Diego, the University of California, San Diego, California State University, San Marcos, and Palomar and Cuyamaca Community Colleges.

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California Native American Research Center for Health (CA-NARCH)

The California Native American Research Center for Health (CA-NARCH) is a partnership of tribal/urban Indian organizations and academic institutions committed to working together to increase the number of American Indian/Alaska Native scientists and health professionals; and to reduce health disparities in Native American populations. The Indian Health Council, in partnership with SDSU and UCSD, is funded as a Native American Research Center for Health (CA-NARCH) by the National Institutes for Health (NIH) and Indian Health Services (IHS). It is one of 14 NARCH organizations in the United States. Under the leadership of Dan Calac, MD (Indian Health Council) and Stephanie Brodine, MD (SDSU), CA-NARCH began as an exciting concept funded by seed money in 2001. A NARCH grant of $1.3 million in 2003 enabled CA-NARCH to begin fully pursuing its goals to strengthen tribal sovereignty over the healthcare of the community and to recruit and support students pursuing science and health fields.

NARCH Website
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SDSU Native American and Indigenous Scholars Collaborative

The San Diego State University Native American and Indigenous Scholars Collaborative (NAISC) is part of the School Psychology program in the SDSU Department of Counseling and School Psychology. The NAISC program is designed to help reduce the profound gap in the numbers of school counselors and school psychologists appropriately trained to serve Native American and other Indigenous youth and communities. The NAISC Project provides a cross-level cohort model, Native American mentors, models, readings, ongoing specialty seminar, and supervised specialized field placements, emphasizing strength and resilience-based interventions that affirm the culture of the child and recognize the influences of historical trauma and colonization. Combined with graduate studies and coursework, students learn and use specialized knowledge to differentiate difference from disability, and to help design and deliver culturally appropriate pedagogical and psychological services. NAISC is supported by a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Special Education Programs.

NAISC Website
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SERVE: Indigenous Social Workers for Change

SERVE aims to recruit Indigenous students (Native American/Native Alaskan) into the Title IV-E Stipend Program with a specialization in Public Child Welfare. Title IV-E is part of the Social Security Act managed by the Administration for Children and Families of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. SERVE envisions Tribal sovereign nations and indigenous communities as sustainable healthy communities that use healing interventions to provide empowerment, mentorship, and leadership development; to promote cultural preservation and appreciation of Indigenous cultures by recognizing and supporting Tribal sovereignty, and protecting cultural rights and identity of Indigenous peoples. SERVE was initiated in 1981 at UC Berkeley through the American Indian/Alaskan Native Program in Social Welfare. In 1999, SERVE was adopted by CalSWED and grew into a statewide effort that operated from California State University, Stanislaus, where it helped to form collaborative working relationships with 67 of 110 California Tribal agencies.

SERVE Website
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San Diego State University Tribal STAR (Successful Transitions for Adult Readiness)

Tribal STAR is a program of the San Diego State University School of Social Work, Academy for Professional Excellence. Approximately 800 Tribal and non-Tribal professionals, leaders, public Human Service agency staff, regional training academy staff and university students have received training throughout the project. The training package provides up-to-date, research-based information in a variety of areas, including: the youth development philosophy, methods for collaboration, effective ways to work with rural populations, effective ways to work with Tribal rural foster youth and their communities, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act.

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