ERIC Number: ED481556
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 2003-Aug-1
Reference Count: N/A
People with Disabilities on Tribal Lands: Education, Health Care, Vocational Rehabilitation, and Independent Living.
National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.
This report is the product of a project that examined services to people with disabilities living on American Indian or Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribal lands. Research such as the American Indian Disability Legislative Project and other studies on health, rehabilitation, independent living, and education issues that affect people with disabilities living in Indian country were surveyed. It also considered views and perspectives of AI/AN people with disabilities, tribal leaders, and federal agency representatives. This report reviews the literature, reports on interviews with stakeholders, and examines and recommends improvements in government-to-government (including sovereign tribal governments) relationships. The report makes the following major recommendations: (1) fulfill the federal trust responsibility to AI/AN tribes and the national mandate for the elimination of discrimination against individuals with disabilities; (2) ensure meaningful consultation and involvement of people with disabilities and tribal leaders; (3) provide tribes with better access to federal resources and funded programs; (4) develop cultural competence within federal agencies and increase agencies' interaction with tribes; (5) include disability issues among tribal priorities and federal initiatives in tribal communities. Seven appendices provide additional documentation such as interview guides, case studies, and community stories of innovation. (DB)
Descriptors: Alaska Natives, American Indian Education, American Indian Reservations, American Indians, Disabilities, Federal Indian Relationship, Federal State Relationship, Government Role, Health Services, Independent Living, Needs Assessment, Tribal Government, Vocational Rehabilitation
National Council on Disability, 1331 F St., NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20004-1107. Tel: 202-272-2004; TTY: 202-272-2074; Fax: 202-272-2022; Web site: http://www.ncd.gov.
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Council on Disability, Washington, DC.