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February 16, 2017

Online HIV Prevention Intervention Native MSM Now Open

The Vr2L 2Spirit project is a culturally grounded, online HIV prevention intervention for Native American men who have sex with men(MSM). The intervention facilitates positive sexual health behaviors and promotes HIV risk harm reduction strategies. We are actively recruiting participants nationally to test the private Vr2L 2Spirit Island within Second Life® (a free, 3D virtual…


January 13, 2017

IWRI’s Letter of Support of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe

Editor’s Note: The stop-work order of the Dakota Access Pipeline in December 2016 may be a “victory,” albeit perhaps a temporary one given the changing political climate. The argument and support IWRI expressed in September 2016 are just as valid and perhaps even more crucial in 2017 and beyond. — Indigenous teachings teach us that…


ISMART and IHART2

In late fall 2016, IWRI veteran and Indigenous Substance Abuse, Medicines, and Addictions Research Training (ISMART) Program Director Anastasia Ramey assumed another position with the UW School of Social Work. She is now Program Coordinator with the Northwest Leaders in Screening, Brief Intervention, and Referral to Treatment Program. The mantle of ISMART Director has been…


Indigenous Substance Abuse, Medicine, Research Training (ISMART) Scholar update: Emma Elliott-Groves

Following graduation in June 2016, Emma Elliott-Groves accepted a position as an assistant research professor at Partnerships for Native Health through Washington State University. Emma will continue her work in the area of Indigenous suicide as she will be working on a strengths-based suicide prevention trial in four tribal nations in the United States. Most…


Staff at IWRI

Victor Cruz (Mexican), Research Coordinator Hi, I’m Victor Cruz and I am the new research coordinator for the Vr2L 2Spirit Project (Virtual Two-Spirit Project), which addresses healthy choices for Native American Gay and Two-Spirit men at risk for contacting HIV. I am originally from Tucson, Arizona, and received my bachelor’s degree at Northern Arizona University….


New Year Greetings

As we celebrate the holiday season and the lengthening days after the northern hemisphere’s winter solstice, let us acknowledge the affirmation of Native American sovereignty in 2016, including the halting of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Washington State’s Lummi Nation’s defeat of a coal export terminal on treaty lands, the return and soon-to-be reburial of 9,000…


January 11, 2017

Malia Villegas speaks at the University of Washington wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ Speaker Series

Malia Villegas, EdD, was the inaugural speaker for the wǝɫǝbʔaltxʷ (“Intellectual House” in the native Lushootseed language of Puget Sound) Academic Programming Committee Lecture on November 15, 2016. Dr. Villegas was the director of the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center (NCAI-PRC), where she supported the building of tribal data capacity, helped to…


October 13, 2016

Canoe Journey Reawakened and Canoe Journey Ongoing: A Tale of Two Waterway Adventures

This year, for the first time since canoes were a regular form of transport for gathering, hunting and fishing, many of the Plateau Tribes embarked on a canoe journey on the Columbia River from various traditional starting points to Kettle Falls in northeastern Washington State. Kettle Falls is where—in the pre-dam, pre-contact era—the tribes would…


IHART2 Lauhoe: Call for Applications

The Indigenous HIV/AIDS Research Training program (IHART2) is recruiting postdoctoral through mid-career PhDs and MDs to apply for up to five 24-month-long HIV/AIDS research mentoring fellowships. Qualifying applicants will primarily be from Indigenous populations (American Indian/Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander, and Latino Indigenous) as well as Underrepresented Ethnic Minority or non-Native scholars from socially or…


Māhina Training Program 2016

I RARO I TE ATARAU KAROHIROHI: E WHAKATERE HAERE ANA NGĀ WAKA I TE MOANA-NUI-Ā-KIWA (BY THE SHIMMERING LIGHT OF THE MOON: SEA VESSELS ARE NAVIGATING THE SHARED WATERS AND KNOWLEDGES OF THE PACIFIC OCEAN) This past June, eight Indigenous trainees and two Tuakana (Māori for “mentor”) fellows embarked upon the transformative journey of a…