By Santee Ross, University of Montana
Treating child abuse in Indian Country takes a step forward with a $3.2 million grant given to the National Native Children’s Trauma Center at the University of Montana according an article in the October 27th edition of the Char-Koosta News.
The grant will be used to research for problems of child abuse and neglect in Indian Country.
Within the next three years the work from the research will benefit at least three Montana reservations but also bring pilot programs to an additional three reservations nationwide.
This grant has opened new doors for the children’s trauma center and Montana reservations. The grant and the NNCT’s plan of action could greatly help those communities that really need it.
Reports in Montana of child death with prior abuse or neglect are higher among Native Americans than Whites.
The research of treating child abuse and neglect will also affect child and protective service workers, parents, extended families and foster parents.
National research shows that child abuse and neglect are the roots of most social and health problems. Alcohol and drug abuse are the most common among them.
The National Native Children’s Trauma Center will train their staff in a low-cost and effective intervention for recovery and resilience in order to treat child abuse and neglect that plague many reservations.
In order for all the positive work NNCT is moving towards they have partnered and collaborated with Butler institute for Children and Families at the University of Denver’s School of Social Work, BIA, state welfare and education agencies and tribal governments that agree to participate.
Santee Ross (Hopi/Lakota) is from Lander, Wyo.