WashU Expert: Navajo Nation needs support

The Navajo Nation now has the highest rates of coronavirus infection per capita in the U.S. The people need assistance, says Wynette Whitegoat, assistant director of the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at Washington University’s Brown School and a member of the Navajo Nation. “There are many factors that have led to the Navajo Nation’s current […]

Scholars Tell Stories and Share Resources to Keep Pow Wow Commitment

​Every year since 1990, Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis students and the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies have hosted an annual Pow Wow—a gathering that brings together people from all across the country to celebrate Native culture. The 30th annual event was to occur on April 11, 2020 with […]

Battling Treatment Resistant Opioid Use Disorder

Similar to treatment resistant depression, there is a subpopulation of those addicted to opioids who do not respond to standard opioid use disorder (OUD) treatments. In a new paper, an addiction expert at the Brown School suggests a new category for these types of patients: treatment resistant opioid use disorder (TROUD). “The field has suggested […]

Buder Center Celebrates 30 Years of Training and Service for Native Americans

As the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies celebrates three decades at the Brown School, it has emerged as the preeminent center for the academic advancement and study of American Indian issues related to social work, public health and public policy. Offering a unique graduate degree focus for social work students, the center recruits American […]

Encouraging the next generation of public health professionals

Each year, UIHI hires full-time public health interns to work on various projects under the mentorship of UIHI staff. The interns assist in the planning, implementation, and follow-up of initiatives happening during their internship period. They also work to establish a relationship with the Department of Health (DOH) and are encouraged to use some time […]

Two Brown School Students Chosen as CSWE Minority Fellows

Two Brown School students were recognized as CSWE Minority Fellows at the 2019 Council for Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting in Denver. CSWE’s Minority Fellowship Program (MFP) aims to increase the number of individuals trained to work with underrepresented and underserved racial/ethnic minority persons with or at risk for mental health and/or substance abuse disorders. […]

Why public health responses have racial preferences

One of the reasons I became an addiction counselor and obtained advanced degrees in social work was my awareness that people in power neither resembled nor came from those communities most in need. In 1990, after I completed a 30-day addiction treatment program in Louisville, Kentucky, I decided that rather than returning to my job […]

Missouri Humanities to Award Leaders, Authors, and Educators

Each year Missouri Humanities recognizes outstanding citizens throughout Missouri for their achievements in and dedication to the humanities. This year the organization is proud to recognize four Missourians in the following categories: Distinguished Literary Achievement, Excellence in Education, Exemplary Community Achievement, and Partnership in the Humanities. Nominations are collected from across the state and chosen […]

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Reaffirms the Constitutionality of ICWA

(PORTLAND, Ore. August 9, 2019)— Today, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals published its decision in Brackeen v. Bernhardt, the federal court challenge to the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The court’s decision affirmed the constitutionality of ICWA, recognizing the unique political status of tribal nations and upholding the federal law that is so critical […]

Durbin Introduces Bill To Make Cahokia Mounds A National Historic Park

WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) today introduced a bill that would designate the Cahokia Mounds State Historic Site as a National Historic Park.  Cahokia Mounds is currently a National Historic Landmark, but Durbin’s bill would provide a new designation that ensures protection for the ancient mounds in St. Clair and Madison counties along […]

David Patterson Silver Wolf: Missouri needs new plan to tackle opioid crisis

Last month, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention announced that, after decades of relentless increases, there is finally evidence that the number of fatal drug overdoses is declining. Averaged across all states, in 2018, there were 4% fewer deaths. Experts from around the country expressed cautious optimism that the money and effort spent to […]

Opioid overdose should be treated like attempted suicide: with an emergency hold

In the last half-century, the United States has endured three major drug epidemics. The first began in the 1970s, around the end of the Vietnam War when veterans returned home addicted to heroin. The death rate due to overdoses at that time was about 1 per 100,000 people. America’s second drug epidemic happened in the 1980 […]

WashU Expert: First Native American U.S. poet laureate will inspire the nation

Joy Harjo, a member of the Muscogee Creek Nation, has been selected as the 23rd U.S. poet laureate, a move that will inspire Native American people throughout the country, says Kellie Thompson, director of the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. “Her selection will inspire us in expected ways […]

Pow Wow 2019: ‘Keep Them Sacred’

The theme of this year’s Pow Wow at Washington University in St. Louis is “Keep Them Sacred: Honoring Generations of Indigenous Women.” The 29th annual event, a celebration of American Indian cultures, will be held Saturday, April 20, in the Washington University Field House on the Danforth Campus. Hosted by the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian […]

Why Aren’t More Doctors Embracing Medication-Assisted Treatment?

A new op-ed on STAT News highlights a troubling concern in regard to medication-assisted treatment (MAT). Author David A. Patterson Silver Wolf, PhD, opined that the reason why methadone, buprenorphine and naltrexone aren’t more widely used to treat opioid use disorders (OUDs) may be due to “branding”—specifically, concern on the part of primary care physicians about the stigma associated […]

Do business concerns keep doctors from treating opioid addiction?

One morning last week as I arrived at our new addiction treatment center, the CAPA Clinic in St. Louis, one of the social work student interns I supervise couldn’t wait to tell me about the “excitement” they’d experienced in the few hours the clinic had been open for the day: a patient had been stabbed, another was […]

Medications to treat opioid addiction are effective, though not widely used

With more than 2 million Americans suffering from an opioid use disorder and the escalating rate of deaths from opioid overdoses reaching about 130 per day, efforts to date have had little impact in curbing this crisis across the country. As a result, a committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine released on March […]

Women shaped cuisine, culture of ancient Cahokia

Archaeologists have struggled to explain the rapid rise and fall of Cahokia — the mysterious Mississippian mound-building culture that sprang up about a thousand years ago in the fertile southern Illinois bottom lands just across the river from modern-day St. Louis. Scholars have painted the civilization as a hierarchical, highly centralized society where ruling elites […]

Buder Center Scholars Gain Expertise to Make a Difference in Indian Country

Cheyenne River Sioux member Jasmine Grika contemplated taking a year off before starting graduate school.  But when she received her acceptance from the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies, she was suddenly hitting fast forward and paying student deposits. Lindsey Manshack, a member of the Choctaw-Apache Tribe of Ebarb, toured Buder before applying. […]

University of Missouri’s Indigenous student group searching for a Native artist

Four Directions is in search of a Native artist to create a canvas mural to be hung in the Mizzou Student Center. Four Directions: Indigenous Peoples and Allies is the Indigenous student group at the University of Missouri. Our organization works towards creating an Indigenous community on campus as well as advocating for the political, […]

Native Americans Face Greater Risk Of Becoming Problem Gamblers

Tribal casinos receive a lot of attention. What doesn’t receive as much attention is the higher incidence of problem gambling among Native Americans compared to the rest of the population. Washington University Professor David Patterson Silver Wolf has studied how the Native American population has a higher rate of gambling addiction than the average rate […]

Brown School launches substance use disorder clinic

The Brown School has partnered with Preferred Family Healthcare in St. Louis to launch the Community Academic Partnership on Addiction (CAPA), a teaching, learning and research clinic aimed at combating the opioid epidemic and treating other substance use disorders. “Our aim is to develop a system of shared resources for attacking this issue, in St. […]

Brown School Authors Encourage Native Land Acknowledgment

“On an autumn day in 1808, elders of the Osage Nation gathered at Fort Clark, a new outpost overlooking the Missouri River near what is now Sibley, Missouri. The council assembled to consider a treaty with the young American republic, a treaty requiring them to give up over 52 million acres of Osage land east […]

Red Dress Installation Highlights Violence Against Native Women

During Native American Heritage Month, visitors to Hillman Hall can interact with the Red Dress Project commemorative installation. The piece displays 21 red garments— from dresses and infant onesies to jumpsuits and a shawl— suspended from the ceiling on black hangers. The contrast of the red dresses hanging against the white walls is visually striking. […]

RCC College and Career Fair attracts Native youth as part of Native American week

November is Native American Heritage month. As such Tribal communities come together to converse on what they’re most thankful for. For some attaining a higher education is on top of their priority list. According to Native Partnership statistics more than 60 percent of U.S. high school students go on to college, while only 17 percent […]

Better Therapist-Patient Matching Could Improve Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Outcomes

Therapist-patient profile matching for more effective treatment of substance use disorders (SUDs) is especially important to address the current opioid crisis, according to the author of a recent study on the issue from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. “The results from this study have important application to performance-based practice,” said the […]

Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship

The Udall Foundation’s Native American Congressional Internship program offers a unique opportunity to gain professional leadership experience in Washington, D.C. The Foundation seeks candidates who demonstrate academic excellence, leadership qualities, and an interest in working with Native American issues and policy. Interns are provided round-trip airfare, lodging, per dium, and an educational stipend. The application […]

Honoring children: Treating trauma and adverse childhood experiences in American Indian and Alaska Native communities

Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are, unfortunately, familiar in American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, where factors such as poverty, unemployment, chronic stress and intergenerational trauma contribute to ACEs and their resulting detrimental effects (Warne et al., 2017). Recognizing that AI/AN populations are disproportionately impacted by trauma requires translating research into appropriate interventions. The Indian […]

David Patterson Silver Wolf Named to Opioid Use Disorder Committee

David Patterson Silver Wolf, associate professor at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis, has been appointed to the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine’s Committee on Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder. Read Article

Columbus statue is based on a false-hero narrative

On Oct. 20, 2017, I received an email from the Tower Grove Park Board of Commissioners asking for input on the Christopher Columbus statue at the entrance of Tower Grove Park. I was asked my thoughts as a St. Louis local, as a Washington University researcher, and as a Native American. I’ve always loved spending […]

Indigenous Peoples’ Day to honor Native American women

One in three Native American women will be sexually assaulted in their lifetime. They also go missing and are murdered at an alarmingly high rate. Adria Brown, a graduate student at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis and a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma, hopes to address the crisis in both […]

The ‘new social work’ is performance-based practice, researcher suggests

Rather than social work practice being based solely on a therapist’s intuition and assumptions, social workers should consider a system of evaluation and measurement based on hard data, suggests a professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis. “Not only do current professional social work therapists not know their past performance stats, they […]

Could Tower Grove Park’s Christopher Columbus statue meet the same fate as the city’s Confederate monument?

October 8 looms. In South Dakota, it’s Native American Day. In 2016, Vermont’s governor proclaimed it Indigenous People’s Day. Oregon avoided Columbus Day altogether until last year, when it made Indigenous People’s Day official. A long list of cities have done the same. Here in St. Louis, the bronze Christopher Columbus in Tower Grove Park […]

The National Center Announces 2018 Native American 40 Under 40 Award Recipients

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (the National Center) is pleased to announced its 2018 class of “Native American 40 Under 40” award recipients. Nominated by members of their communities, this prestigious award is bestowed to individuals under the age of 40 who have demonstrated leadership, initiative, and dedication and have made significant […]

The ‘New Social Work’ is Performance-Based Practice

Rather than social work practice being based solely on a therapist’s intuition and assumptions, social workers should consider a system of evaluation and measurement based on hard data, suggests a professor of social work at Washington University in St. Louis. “Not only do current professional social work therapists not know their past performance stats, they […]

CSWE Receives $7M Behavioral Health Grant for Doctoral and Master’s Students

The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) has received a 5-year, $7.1 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to continue the Minority Fellowship Program (MFP). The grant includes more than $95,000 in additional funding annually compared to grants in the two previous cycles. This will enable the MFP to […]

St. Louis Integrated Health Network Jobs

The Integrated Health Network is currently seeking positions for the following positions: Community Referral Coordinator – Part time in Jefferson County, MO Project Coordintator, Community Health Worker (CHW) Workforce Partnership – Full time in St. Louis, MO Data Analyst – Full time in St. Louis, MO Visit Website

Minority Professional Leadership Development Program Fellowship

The Minority Professional Leadership Development (MPLD) program is designed for emerging leaders working in child welfare. The structured program includes hands-on experience, exposure to national experts, and mentorship opportunities. The eight-month fellowship begins and ends with events in the Washington, DC, area. Most of the fellows’ work happens online and at their workplace. Visit Website

IHS Virtual Internship

IHS is offering youth across the globe an opportunity to join our team through the Virtual Internship program. This partnership with the US Department of State’s Virtual Federal Service   allows students to take part in enriching projects to further the IHS mission of raising the physical, mental, social, and spiritual health of American Indians […]

Who Defines the “Good” in “Common Good”?

If a “good” is held to be common, then surely that decision must come from community. Too often the community’s role is unexamined in this regard, but the intentionality of one Native culture in defining and protecting the common good might serve as an example to us all. In my Alutiiq language, the word for […]

PECaD’s Manshack Appointed to New ACS Board of Directors

Lindsey Manshack, MPH, a member of Siteman Cancer Center’s Program for the Elimination of Cancer Disparities (PECaD), has been appointed to the American Cancer Society (ACS) Missouri Area Board of Directors. In this newly created position, Manshack will work with four other ACS board members to reduce cancer disparities in the Missouri region through creating awareness, fundraising and […]

Research Without Walls at the Brown School

Research Without Walls is a signature event that showcases the breadth of student-driven research at the Brown School. During this annual symposium, the halls of the School are lined with student research posters, and students present their findings to faculty, peers and community members. View Research Without Walls Event

American Indian Elders: Living Libraries

There is a saying in indigenous culture that “when an elder dies, a library burns.” American Indian elders in many respects are living libraries.¹ Storytellers that transmit culture and traditional knowledge from one generation to the next. Read Article