Center for Rural Health announces 2018 Native Elder Abuse Innovation Award recipients

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GRAND FORKS, N.D.—Eight tribes from eight states have been awarded a total of $150,000 from the Native Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) Innovation Program to address elder abuse in their communities. NIEJI is part of the Center for Rural Health (CRH) at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences. The CRH works with tribal communities to help improve the health and well-being of American Indians. The grants are funded by an award from the Administration for Community Living.

The following tribes were awarded one-year funding

The Knik Tribe

of Alaska garnered $19,000 for the project Rural Alaska Elder Abuse Awareness and Interventions

The Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa

of Michigan were awarded $20,000 for the project Elder Abuse Awareness and Education

The Oneida Nation of Wisconsin secured $19,000 for the project Preventing the Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation of Oneida Elders

The Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona was awarded $18,000 for the Pascua Yaqui Community Elder Abuse Education & Outreach Project

The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota received $19,998 for the project Standing Rock Sioux Tribe Elderly Protection Services

The White Earth Band of Chippewa of Minnesota earned $19,000 for the White Earth Elder Wellness Program

The Wichita and Affiliated Tribes of Oklahoma were awarded $15,002 for the Wichita and Affiliated Tribes Elder Abuse Protection Program

The Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska garnered $20,000 for the project Family Group Decision Making: A HoChunk Model

Established in 1980, UND's Center for Rural Health connects resources and knowledge to strengthen the health of people in rural and tribal communities. Our programs serve people within the state, region, and nation. We are designated as the North Dakota State Office of Rural Health, a federal-state partnership that helps rural communities build their health care services through collaborations and initiatives with a wide range of partners across the state.


Marv Leier

Communication Manager

Center for Rural Health

UND School of Medicine and Health Sciences