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

Where Therapeutic Intuition Meets Technology

When people are treated for medical conditions, their physician usually monitors the treatment and recovery process based on some type of performance metrics, informed by hard data. However, in clinical programs treating substance use disorders or psychiatric disorders, the treatment and recovery process is monitored exclusively on therapist’s intuition. A new suite of technology tools […]

Apryl Joe named MSW Commencement Marshal

The Brown School is recognizing the outstanding graduating students who have been chosen to represent the graduating scholars during Commencement.  Apryl Joe (Navajo) has been chosen to as the MSW marshal. MSW marshal Apryl Joe is honored to be the first American Indian/Alaska Native student chosen as a Brown School marshal. Following graduation, Apryl will move to […]

Supreme Court Case Tests Weight of Old Native American Treaties in 21st Century

On April 18, the United States Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Washington v. United States, which pits the state of Washington against the United States and 21 Indian tribes. The main question in the case is narrow – whether the state must quickly replace hundreds of culverts that allow the flow of water under […]

Pow Wow 2018: ‘Balancing Two Worlds’

The theme of this year’s Pow Wow at Washington University in St. Louis is “Balancing Two Worlds: Indigenous Teachings, Traditions and Truths.” The 28th annual event, a celebration of American Indian cultures, will be held Saturday, April 21, in the Washington University Field House on the Danforth Campus. Hosted by the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian […]

Buder Charitable Foundation receives Brown School Award

The G.A., Jr. and Kathryn M. Buder Charitable Foundation received the Bettie Bofinger and George Warren Brown Award at the 35th annual Brown School Awards of Distinction on April 10, 2018. Buder Foundation Video Learn more about the 2018 Awards of Distinction

The Brown School Awards of Distinction honors the Buder Foundation

The 35th annual Brown School Awards of Distinction were presented April 10, honoring nine awardees for their work to advance the fields of social work, public health and social policy. The G.A., Jr. and Kathryn M. Buder Charitable Foundation was honored with the Bettie Bofinger and George Warren Brown Award. Learn more about the 2018 […]

Krystian Sisson Awarded Udall Foundation Congressional Internship

Graduate student Krystian Sisson, a member of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation from Henryetta, Okla., has been awarded an Udall Foundation and Native Nations Institute congressional internship for this summer. Sisson is pursuing a master’s of social work, with a concentration in policy, at the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. Sisson is one […]

Buder Center’s 28th Annual Pow Wow

Every spring, the Brown School’s Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies hosts its annual Pow Wow. 2018 marks the 28th year of this signature event, which draws performers and guests from across the country. My friend (and current MSW student), Krista Catron, is a Buder Scholar and works closely with other Scholars and administrators to plan […]

Perspectives Dialogue Circle: Culture Through Food

Krystian Sisson (Muscogee/Creek) presented on American Indian ancestral foods.  She was joined by Campus Executive Chef Patrick McElroy who spoke about how Washington University began including some of these foods in campus dining menus and the collaborations that the University has with Native chefs.  

Summer Research Training Institute for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Professionals

Registration for the 2018 Summer Research Training Institute for American Indian and Alaska Native Health Professionals is now open. The curriculum is designed to meet the needs of professionals who work in diverse areas of American Indian and Alaska Native health. Almost anyone who works in Indian health can take advantage of this skill-building opportunity—from […]

Working Together for a Stronger Future Conference

The 2018 TCC Annual Convention and Full Board of Directors Meeting is taking place March 12 – 15, 2018 at the Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks, Alaska.  The theme of the Convention is Working Together for a Stronger Future. Additional Information

Buder Center 8 Ways Brochure Series

This past fall, PECaD dedicated resources to creating and updating the 8 Ways to Reduce Cancer brochure series for the Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Studies. PECaD’s partnership with the Buder Center has grown tremendously within the past few years. In feedback PECaD received from community members was a lack of educational information for […]

Brown School program helps minority students feel welcome

Social belonging interventions may be important complement to college preparation, other activities. Nearly 30 percent of U.S. college students drop out in their first year, on average. One segment of a campus population shown to experience a particularly difficult time fitting in: underrepresented minority students. Now, a new intervention program being implemented through the Brown […]

Hertel, Canady to fill key positions in Chancellor’s Office

Two experienced Carolina administrators have been appointed to fill key vacancies in the Chancellor’s Office. Amy Locklear Hertel, who has served as director of the American Indian Center since 2012 and as co-chair of the Chancellor’s Task Force on UNC-Chapel Hill History, began serving as the chancellor’s chief of staff on Nov. 6. She replaces […]

Native Heritage Month November 2017

​Throughout the month of November, when Native American Heritage Month draws particular attention to the experiences and history of Native nations and people across the United States, the Brown School will host a number of events to celebrate this rich heritage and to explore solutions to challenges within Native communities. Learn more about events happening […]

WashU Expert: Opioid crisis more than what Trump calls ‘public health emergency’

President  Donald Trump’s Oct. 26 announcement that the opioid epidemic is a “public health emergency” rather than a “national emergency” goes against the understanding of most authorities, said an expert on substance use disorder treatment at Washington University in St. Louis. “Recall that the commission President Trump formed, led by New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, […]

Buder scholars join faculty at universities in Alaska, Illinois

​The Center for Social Development (CSD) congratulates Shanondora Billiot, PhD, and Jessica Black, PhD, on their new faculty positions at the University of Illinois School of Social Work and the University of Alaska Fairbanks, respectively. Both recently earned their doctoral degrees from the George Warren Brown School of Social Work. They were recipients of a […]

David Patterson: Opioid Emergency Needs Science-Based Solutions

President Donald Trump declaring the opioid epidemic a national emergency is an important statement and first step toward admitting a problem, said an expert on opioid addiction at Washington University in St. Louis, while warning that without science-informed solutions and plans of action, the epidemic will worsen. The nation has seen three drug epidemics, said David […]

Brown School partners with Community Women Against Hardship

The Brown School of Social Work tends to evoke the castle-like buildings of Washington University’s Danforth Campus. However, the Brown School, which claims in its mission statement to “collaborate with organizations to use evidence to improve access to and quality of social services and to address social and economic justice,” holds to its mission of […]

Celebrating World Culture At Lindbergh High School

On May 3, students at Lindbergh High School learned about the cultures of their classmates, who hail from more than 40 countries around the world, during the school’s first Cultural Celebration. Senior Zahrah Al-Ater helped organize the event for the school. View Photos

Remembering the LA Riots and the Tribalism That Saved Communities

​25 years later, one Native guardsmen at the epicenter of the LA Riots recalls how a tribal sense of community helped settle the unrest. April 29, 2017 marked the 25th anniversary of the LA Riots of 1992. Spurred by the acquittal of four Los Angeles police officers charged with the beating of African American taxi […]

More Must Be Done to Address Opioid Crisis

​Opioids, including heroin and prescription drugs, killed 33,000-plus people in 2015, more than any year on record, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. President Trump’s proposed budget aims to bring a $500 million increase in funding for prevention and treatment, but that amount isn’t enough to address the crisis, says an expert […]

Dakota Access pipeline focus of Buder Center symposium

One of President Donald Trump’s executive orders will advance the way for the proposed Dakota Access Pipeline project in North Dakota to move forward. The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, tribes across the nation and their supporters have protested, arguing that the project will damage sacred burial sites and may contaminate the tribe’s main source for […]

Standing with Standing Rock

When the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced recently that it would not be approving a permit required to continue construction of the Dakota Access Pipeline, Becky Plumage had a special reason to celebrate. She was one of four Brown School students who traveled in October to the Standing Rock Sioux Indian Reservation in North […]

Memoranda of Understanding with Indian Health Service

The Indian Health Service entered into Memoranda of Understanding (MOU) with Washington University in St. Louis and the University of Michigan in an effort to advance the recruitment, retention and development of behavioral health clinicians in Indian Country. Through the MOU, the Indian Health Service and the two universities will collaborate in bringing American Indian […]

Incoming medical students receive crash course in health disparities

Orientation program focuses on caring for underprivileged patients With no dabbling, first-year students at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis plunged into the realities of health-care disparities during a four-day orientation in August. The 124 students analyzed life expectancy and health disparities, such as gun violence rates by St. Louis ZIP codes, discovering […]

Graphic cigarette labels could help reduce smoking among American Indians

Graphic cigarette labels could be effective at reducing smoking rates in American Indian/Alaska Natives (AI/AN) communities, according to research from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis. At 36 percent, the rate of smoking in AI/AN communities is twice the national average. Smoking is the leading cause of preventable death in those communities. Researchers, led […]

Day of Discovery and Dialogue 2016: A Focus on Inclusion

On February 24-25, 2016, the university came together to further our conversation about diversity and inclusion. When we met last February, we knew that the event would be only one facet of our effort toward becoming a more engaged, welcoming, and inclusive community. Brown School students Jeremy Vu (Oglala Lakota), first-year MSW student; Rhonda Coursey-Pratt […]

Position Paper Opposing the Construction of a Stadium on the Site of the St. Louis Mounds

​At the Brown School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis, the graduate students in the Leadership and Evaluation in Indian Country class (Tovar, instructor) have expressed concern over the rights of Indigenous peoples to preserve this historical, cultural, and sacred space. As a result, a position paper to that effect has been […]

Sarah Kastelic, MSW ’97, PhD ’08, Advocates Nationally for Indian Welfare

Sarah (Hicks) Kastelic knew she wanted to pursue a career in working with Native communities, but it wasn’t until she arrived at the Brown School that she found a focus for her ambition. Now, as Executive Director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), she’s helping to change national policies to make an impact. […]

Violence Prevention in Indian Country

The Spring Issue of Taking Flight, a newsletter from the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention at Washington University’s Brown School, focused on Violence Prevention in Indian Country. Read Newsletter

Washington University Open Access Journal

The Washington University Journal of American Indian & Alaska Native Health is a peer-reviewed and refereed multidisciplinary journal published by Washington University in St Louis’s Open Scholarship. The goal of the journal is to publish scholarly works that specifically addresses health and wellness issues in American Indian & Alaska Native communities. We believe American Indian […]

Bringing Native American cuisine to WUSTL

Chef Nephi Craig (Apache/Navajo), founder of the Native American Culinary Association, conducts a traditional Native American cooking demonstration in the Danforth University Center Nov. 3. Craig’s presentation, “Maatibi. Imokwayli. Ittanahli. Hunt. Fish. Gather,” centered on Native American foods and their resurgence in American cooking culture. Craig, trained in the French classical style of cooking, was […]

Overcoming Addiction, Professor Tackles Perils American Indians Face

The visitor to Haskell Indian Nations University detailed his roaring 20s: drug addict, garbage collector, suicidal burnout once told by a doctor that he was mentally retarded. It was a curious way to inspire a group of young American Indian students long surrounded by these types of problems. Until he got to the good part. […]

A Testament in Chalk

Kristin Szczepaniec wrote an article for Teach for America explaining the importance of Native Education.  She talked about her experience at the National Indian Education Association Legislative Summit. “Our team had many objectives: to express the need for identifying and developing culturally relevant curriculum; to discuss possible legislative actions and funding streams to support Native […]

Why the R*dsk*ns Need to Change Their Name

Amanda Blackhorse, MSW, 2009, and others recently petitioned the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office to revoke the Washington team’s trademark on the name Washington R*dsk*ns. The Washington NFL team needs to change its name. I am a proud member of the Navajo Nation and it demeans me and other Native Americans. I find the casual […]