top of page

American Indian and Indigenous 
Community Resources

Although there is a huge amount of diversity among the 574 recognized tribal nations in the US, the Indigenous/Native community as an group are often underrepresented and needs unmet when it comes to health care, due to underfunded resources, facilities and providers on often rural tribal lands.

Cultural experiences by the members of Indigenous/Native communities also shoulder many burdens, including economic and political marginalization, education disparities, discrimination and mental health challenges rooted in a long history of trauma. Continue below to see a list of resources that offer cultural and linguistic support, specific to the American Indian and Indigenous community.

Healthcare Resources

Indian Health Service (IHS) - The Indian Health Service is an agency within the Department of Health and Human Services that is responsible for providing federal health services to approximately 2.6 million American Indians and Alaska Natives who belong to 574 federally recognized tribes in 37 states.

https://www.ihs.gov/

 

One Sky Center - One Sky Center is a National Resource Center for American Indian and Alaska Native Health, Education and Research. It is dedicated to quality health care across Indian Country.

https://www.oneskycenter.org/

 

National Native Network - The National Native Network strives to enhance the quality of public health systems to reduce commercial tobacco-related illnesses and cancerdisparities among American Indian and Alaska Native populations.

https://keepitsacred.itcmi.org/

 

Clinicians of Color - A directory is full of clinicians of various racial and ethnic backgrounds, as well as training and treatment styles. They can help you find a therapist of color that truly sees you.

https://www.cliniciansofcolor.org/%20

Health in Her HUE - Health in Her HUE connects women of color to culturally sensitive healthcare providers, evidence-based health content, and community support.

https://healthinherhue.com/

U.S. Pain - BIPOC Pain Support Group - U.S. Pain hosts a Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) chronic pain support group on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 5 pm ET

https://painconnection.org/bipoc-support-group/%20

image_LmwrdVvE_1689205654060_raw.jpg

Mental Health Resources

*For immediate text support, reach out to The Crisis Text Line by texting COALITION to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor for free 24/7.

*You can also call National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. It's free and highly confidential, unless it's essential to contact emergency services to help you or your friend stay safe.

*Nacional de Prevención del Suicidio 1-888-628-9454

WeRNative - WeRNative is a comprehensive health resource for Native youth, by Native youth, providing content and stories about the topics that matter most to them. They strive to promote holistic health and positive growth in local communities and nation at large. 

https://www.wernative.org/

StrongHearts Native Helpline:  1-844-7NATIVE (762-8483) - A 24/7 safe, confidential and anonymous domestic and sexual violence helpline for Native Americans and Alaska Natives, offering culturally-appropriate support and advocacy.

https://strongheartshelpline.org/

Circle of Care - Circle of Care is a 3-year discretionary grant program funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) which develops culturally appropriate interventions to serve American Indian/Alaska Native youth with with severe emotional disturbances and their families.

https://www.samhsa.gov/tribal-ttac/circles-care

 

AAKOMA Project - The AAKOMA Project is helping diverse teenagers and their families achieve optimal mental health through dialogue, learning, and the understanding that everyone deserves care and support.

https://aakomaproject.org/

Eustress - Eustress raises awareness on the importance of mental health in underserved communities, allowing individuals to identify and overcome challenges to achieve a healthier and productive lifestyle.

https://www.eustressinc.org/

 

Mental Health America - Mental Health America is the nation’s leading community-based nonprofit dedicated to addressing the needs of those living with mental illness and promoting mental health for all.

https://www.mhanational.org/bipoc-mental-health

 

MindRight - MindRight is a judgment-free place for growth, healing and hope. They provide culturally responsive mental health coaching to teens over text message.

https://www.mindright.io/

 

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) - NAMI's mission is to help families and individuals affected by mental illness build better lives through education, support and advocacy.

https://www.nami.org/

 

National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide (NOPCAS) - NOPCAS was founded by suicide loss survivor, Dr. Donna Barnes, working. to reduce the stigma of suicide prevention among communities of color through training and advocacy.

http://nopcas.org/

 

Pretty Brown Girls - Pretty Brown Girls is dedicated to educating and empowering girls of color by encouraging self-acceptance while cultivating social, emotional & intellectual well-being.

https://prettybrowngirl.com/

 

Real - Real is a therapy startup that is offering free group sessions to BIPOC. Each session focuses on a different topic and the Real team ensures a safe digital space for participants to get support.

https://www.join-real.com/real-to-the-people

The Steve Fund - The Steve Fund's mission is to promote the mental health and emotional wellbeing of young people of color.

https://www.stevefund.org/

 

Inclusive Therapists - Inclusive Therapists center the needs of marginalized populations, including Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, the LGBTQ+ community, neurodivergent folx, and people with disabilities. 

https://www.inclusivetherapists.com/

Open Path Psychotherapy Collective - Open Path Psychotherapy Collective is a nonprofit nationwide network of mental health professionals dedicated to providing in-office and online mental health care—at a steeply reduced rate—to clients in need. 

https://openpathcollective.org/

bottom of page