Native American Programs

Project Making Medicine
Project Making Medicine (PMM) is a national training program for mental health professionals from tribal and Indian Health Service agencies in the prevention and treatment of child abuse. PMM is funded by a grant from the Office of Child Abuse and Neglect in HHS and is directed by Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD. The trainings are held in Oklahoma City, OK at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center and provides limited scholarships for lodging and some meals. 

    For more information about the training, including scheduled dates, please see the Indian Country Child Trauma Center website at

    Indian Country Child Trauma Center 
    The goal of the ICCTC is to develop trauma related treatment protocols, outreach materials, and service delivery guidelines specifically adapted and designed for Native American children.  These treatment protocols will incorporate both common and tribal specific Native cultural perspectives and traditions; principles of current evidence-based models; and will be sufficiently flexible to accommodate the varying cultures within Native people and communities.

    OJJDP Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center

    The OJJDP Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center works cooperatively with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention.  The TYTTAC provides culturally appropriate, trauma-informed and developmentally appropriate training, resources, information and other related technical assistance to all OJJDP Tribal Programs grantees and federally recognized tribes across the nation.  The OJJDP Tribal Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center has developed culturally specific training and technical assistance for tribes seeking to build capacity to develop, expand, improve and maintain their juvenile justice systems.  Priority areas include juvenile healing to wellness courts, tribal youth specific prevention, intervention, and treatment programming and tribal-state collaborations to meet the needs of American Indian/Alaska Native children exposed to violence. 

    The models the ICCTC adapted include:

    • Honoring Children, Making Relatives (Parent Child Interaction Therapy)

    • Honoring Children, Mending the Circle (Trauma Focused - Cognitive Behavior Therapy)

    • Honoring Children, Respectful Ways (Treatment for Children with Sexual Behavior Problems)

    • Honoring Children, Tending the Spirit (Psychological/Mental Health First Aid)

    Native American Monograph Series
    This project developed a series of booklets to assist individuals in better understanding issues affecting Native communities. The booklets increase the amount and quality of resource materials available to community workers so that they can assist Native American victims of crime and the general Native public. This project was funded by the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime. You can download the monographs by selecting the title below:   

    Training and Technical Assitance
    CCAN provides administrative oversight for a consultant to provide on-site training in the prevention of domestic violence to both developing and established programs in Indian Country. In addition, the consultant will provide training at regional and national conferences as well as phone consultation. To request training or technical assistance, contact Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD.

    Cross Cultural Training Program
    This curriculum was designed for Federal Criminal Justice Personnel working in Indian Country. "Upon the Back of a Turtle..." contains a 22 minute video and sections on Introduction to Indian Country, Historical Overview of Federal Policies and Events, Historical Trauma and Present Impact, History of Federal Victim Assistance Services and Programs, Issues and Cultural Considerations in Delivery of Victim Services in Indian Country, and Justice in Indian Country. The project was funded by the Office for Victims of Crime. Contact the Office for Victims of Crime Resource Center at 1-800-627-6872 to request a copy.