Ensuring that American Indian and Alaska Native communities have access to high quality technical assistance is critical in meeting the specific needs of tribal communities. Equally important, yet challenging, is the ability to provide culturally appropriate services that are respectful of tribal histories, sovereignty, and the traditional beliefs of tribal populations.
The unique qualities of tribal communities are often the same characteristics that demonstrate the need for intense solutions designed to meet the tribes’ challenges. Often geographically isolated, or in extreme rural environments with extremely high poverty rates, low literacy and educational skills, and high alcoholism and suicide rates, tribal communities require technical assistance approaches that recognize their complexities when designing solutions to address these challenges.
ICF has significant, highly specialized expertise in supporting tribal communities in the areas of early education, Head Start, child care, Temporary Assistance to Needy Families (TANF) , family welfare, health, mental health and suicide prevention, and Native American housing and community development. Our in-depth tribal knowledge, combined with our wide range of subject matter expertise, allow us to provide high-quality, respectful, and culturally relevant technical support to American Indian and Alaska Native communities that helps them to grow educationally, physically, mentally, socially, and spiritually.