Celebrating National Native American Heritage Month 2020

“Being Indian is an attitude, a state of mind, a way of being in harmony with all things and all beings. It is allowing the heart to be the distributor of energy on this planet; to allow feelings and sensitivities to determine where energy goes; bringing aliveness up from the Earth and from the Sky, putting it in and giving it out from the heart.”

― Brooke Medicine Eagle

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The National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC works with organizations and treatment practitioners involved in the delivery of mental health services to American Indian and Alaska Native individuals, families, and tribal and urban Indian communities to strengthen their capacity to deliver effective evidence-based and experience-based practices. This includes the full continuum of services spanning mental illness, prevention, treatment, and recovery support.

In celebration of Native American Heritage Month, the National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC will be hosting a variety of events and projects, please see below for more details. In addition, we have also included resources from other national organizations. 

MHTTC Events: 

Friday, November 6

Special Performance by Indigenous Enterprise

The National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC  will be sharing a special video with a variety of traditional dance, song, and drums. This video will be released on Friday, November 6 and will be available all month long for your enjoyment.

Indigenous Enterprise is a Native-owned performance group based out of Phoenix, Arizona established in 2015 by Kenneth Shirley.


Thursday, November 12

Native American and Alaska Native Time Travel: A Look through our Native History and Resiliency of Our People | 1-230pm ET

Terry Locklear, MS, Lumbee Nation; and

Tiffany M. Locklear, EdD, Lumbee Nation



Monday, November 23

Life in a Longhouse Village | 3-4pm ET

This artifact-filled presentation will present a broad overview of the history, culture & traditions of the Haudenosaunee (Iroquois) People. The lively and engaging program will focus on Native American lifestyles prior to 1492 when Haudenosaunee lived in longhouses and survived using the Natural Resources of NYS. Topics such as matrilineal clans, hunting, cooking, traditional clothing, wampum & tools used within a longhouse community will be discussed and shown. Connecting this history to modern traditions among the Haudenosaunee will be discussed also.



Monday, November 30

Celebrating the Next Generation: A Panel of Young Native Leaders | 4-5pm ET

The National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC presents a panel of young Native people who are inspiring us and those in their communities in the ways they are working toward their goals, and sharing their pride in their Native traditions. Registration for this event will be available shortly.


All month long, and beyond!

Celebrating Success Stories!

The National American Indian and Alaska Native MHTTC wants to share your stories of hope and celebrate the strides being made by people of all ages during Native American Heritage Month. Stories will be shared on our social media platforms, and will be compiled on our website throughout the month. Click the link to learn more or to share your story with us!

Share your story!


MHTTC eNewsletter Pathways:

Featured news article, What National Native American Heritage Month Means for Mental Health

Other Resources: 

National American Indian and Alaska Native Addiction Technology Transfer Center (ATTC)

The mission of the National American Indian and Alaska Native ATTC is to strengthen and promote systematic behavioral health practice improvements for Native providers in order to honor and contribute to the health and well-being of tribal and urban Indian communities, as well as training non-Native providers using culturally informed practices so that communities have the resources to care for their people in the most culturally informed and knowledge – based way and Native providers can determine how to integrate western practices into their traditional methods.

National American Indian and Alaska Native Prevention Technology Transfer Center (PTTC)

The National American Indian and Alaska Native PTTC's activities and services are focused on developing and disseminating culturally appropriate tools and strategies needed to improve the capacity of prevention specialists to deliver effective, culturally informed, evidence-based practices with the intent of enhancing the quality of substance abuse prevention interventions, trainings and other prevention activities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

National Network to Eliminate Disparities in Behavioral Health (NNED)’s November Partner of the Month

In order to highlight pockets of excellence across the country, the NNED selects a partner organization to highlight once a month. Albuquerque Area Indian Health Board, Inc. has been selected as the Partner of the Month for November in celebration of National Native American Heritage Month. Click here to find out more.

Tribal Training and Technical Assistance Center (TTAC)

The Tribal TTA Center offers training and technical assistance (TTA) on mental and substance use disorders, suicide prevention, and mental health promotion using the Strategic Cultural Framework.