Partnering with American Indian communities in strength-based collaborative health research: Guiding principles from the fort peck Ceremony of Research project

Elizabeth Rink, Elizabeth Ann R. Bird, Kris Fourstar, Adriann Ricker, Winona Runs-Above/Meyers, Rachel Hallum-Montes

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Abstract

Background: The Ceremony of Research Project was implemented to strengthen tribal communities' ability to harmonize Western research processes with Indigenous ways of knowing. Methods: Focus groups were conducted with tribal members to understand Indigenous processes, beliefs, and practices necessary to promote positive research experiences with tribal communities. Results: Findings address time; relationship building and maintenance; inclusion of diverse tribal members in the research design, as well as American Indian epistemology; respect for tribal values, beliefs, and customs throughout the research process; and the reciprocity of research. Conclusions: Our study has important implications for how researchers can take a strength-based approach to conducting research with tribal communities.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)187-205
Number of pages19
JournalAmerican Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research
Volume23
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - 2016
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Anthropology
  • History
  • Psychology(all)
  • Psychiatry and Mental health

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