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Native American Perceptions of the National Association for Native American Children of Alcoholics: In Their Own Words (From Health Promotion and Substance Abuse Prevention Among American Indian and Alaska Native Communities: Issues in Cultural Competence, P 159-202, 2001, Joseph E. Trimble, Ph.D.,

NCJ Number
Jeannette L. Johnson Ph.D.; Bradford W. Plemons M.S.; Edward Starr Ph.D.; Raymond Reyes M.S.; Candace Fleming Ph.D.; Anna Latimer M.S.; Joseph E. Trimble Ph.D.
Date Published
44 pages
This article evaluates a national programmatic response for preventing alcohol and drug abuse in Native Americans.
The article describes a comprehensive and culturally congruent evaluation of the prevention efforts and programs developed by the National Association for Native American Children of Alcoholics (NANACOA). The transactional relationship between NANACOA and its constituency was assessed through a three-pronged evaluation approach that used separate data sources to capture the voices and stories of Native Americans as they talked about their families, their communities, their hopes, and their dreams. The contributions of Native Americans were drawn from personal interviews, focus groups, and archival data. One powerful theme that emerged from focus groups and personal interviews was the negative effects of substance abuse in the participants' communities, in the lives of the participants, and in the lives of their loved ones. In addition, several focus group participants and many of the personal interviewees expressed the need to have Native Americans help Native Americans; only they know of Native ways and "Indian methods." Table, references