Document Type



Master of Arts


Family Life Education

Capstone Committee Member (Advisor 1)

Trish Anderson

Capstone Committee Member (Advisor 2)

David Brusehoff


Human service providers are in high demand in Native American communities. Native American populations are staffed predominantly by non-Native human service providers. Studies show out of all minorities, Native American culture is the least taught in social work programs in universities. Due to the of the lack of education and training available to Human Service Providers, workers need to be aware of Native American history, and culturally appropriate tribal services.

Having knowledge about a particular group of people within the context of their history and culture is a responsibility of human service providers. There are issues unique to tribal communities, such as tribal sovereignty that human service providers need to be aware of when working on tribal lands to prevent jurisdictional errors. The research will identify the areas where knowledge and understanding of Native American history and culture is most critical to human service providers in administering appropriate services in tribal communities.


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