Engagement and Cultural Competency

For more information on consultation and culturally respectful research, see Walk Softly and Listen Carefully: Building Research Relationships with Tribal Communities, by the NCAI Policy Research Center and MSU Center for Native Health Partnerships. 

Please watch the video Blood Journey produced by the New York Times in 2010, reflecting on the research injustice experienced by the Havasupai Tribe.

The Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office has created a powerpoint which provides an overview of research and engagement with Native American Tribes.

Learn about Federal Indian Law in the free online course "Federal Indian Law and Policy: Tribal Sovereignty and the Legal Relationship Between Tribes and the United States." The course was designed for tribal leaders, attorneys, college students, and anyone with an interest in learning about the history and development of Federal Indian Law. This unique 18-module online course was produced by a team of faculty and staff from the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program and the Native Peoples Technical Assistance Office.

As a member of the Partnership for Native American Cancer Prevention Outreach Core, Dr. Francine Gachupin (Department of Family and Community Medicine, University of Arizona) has developed some helpful guidelines and first steps for researchers seeking to work with Native American communities. See Guidelines for Researchers and How to Conduct Research in AI/AN Communities.

University of Arizona Research and Engagement Resources

The Human Subjects Protection Program as the administrative and regulatory support program to the Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), works in collaboration with the research community to maintain an ethical and compliant research program. An IRB must review all research and related activities involving human subjects conducted at the University of Arizona or by in which the University is a responsible participant.

The Responsible Conduct of Research Program provides training and workshops that fulfill federal training requirements set forth by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the National Science Foundation (NSF), and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

Sponsored Projects & Contracting Services (SPCS), a unit of Research, Innovation & Impact (RII), assists the University of Arizona research community in its efforts to secure external funding by providing high quality administrative, contracting and financial services to ensure proper stewardship of those funds and to minimize the risk to university resources.

The Native Nations Institute maintains an Indigenous Governance Database, a continually growing resource collection of video, audio, and written materials relevant to tribal leadership, other tribal professionals, scholars, students, and policymakers searching for resources about nation building, sovereignty, governance, leadership, and sustainable economic and community development in Indigenous country.

Cooperative Extension, Tribal Extension programs take the science of the University to Native peoples through programs, publications, classes, events and one-on-one teaching (College of Agriculture and Life Sciences).

Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research (CIEHR) partners with rural and urban indigenous communities to build capacity to measure and determine the contribution of environmental exposures to health inequities and support efforts to address these threats, including research translation and policy development (College of Public Health).

Tribal Institutional Review Boards (IRBs)

See Indian Health Service Institutional Review Boards for a comprehensive list of all Indian Health Service IRBs by area, including Independent Tribal IRBs.