Welcome to the Knowledge Resource Center

NCUIH is very pleased to welcome you to the first resource center devoted to the fostering and dissemination of knowledge on Urban Indian communities across the United States. This multi-disciplinary project aims at alleviating the lack of information on the condition of urban American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN), and at generating informational tools to be used by and shared among Urban Indian leaders to educate policymakers, federal officials and the general public. Our goal is to make the content of this center as comprehensive as possible; to reach out to as many audiences as possible, utilizing all electronic media means in our capacity (text, video, image, audio, etc).

Originally created as an academic clearinghouse in partnership with the Department of Health and Human Services/Office of Minority Health(DHHS/OMH), the Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP) and the Indian Health Service (IHS)-- and with the collaboration of  the National Libraries of Medicine, the University of New Mexico, and the Oregon Health and Sciences University's OneSky Center - the project evolved into a Knowledge Center to provide policy, legislative and technical assistance tools and documents for urban American Indians/Alaska Natives to expand their capacities and represent their interests locally and nationally. 

It is important to note that the UIH-KRC does not replace or substitute the official NCUIH Main website, rather it serves as a complementary service to the community by storing all information on Urban Indian communities six months or older. The KRC is the national repository and knowledge bank for our immediate and older history.

At NCUIH, we are convinced that it is critically important to keep records of our communities’ efforts and circumstances faced both at the local and national levels.  Over a course of three years, NCUIH carried out an extensive gathering of documents and materials exclusively dealing with health topics in Urban Indian America. The early stage of this project was called the Urban Indian Health Knowledge Map (carried out in 2007 and again in 2008).  The current collection of documents dates back to 1978.  The UIH-KRC, however, has been designed as a living project. As such, there will be an ongoing effort to incorporate new materials as they are uncovered and released to the public. With that in mind, we implore you to please submit historical and contextual materials for inclusion in the Knowledge Resource Center. The Center is expected to evolve according to the technical, developmental and educational needs of our population.

The UIH- KRC is organized under six main components:

I. Urban Indian Knowledge Clearing House  

II. Field-related  & Community Services & information:

III. The Urban Indian Health Programs Information

IV. Best, Promising and Evidence-Based Practices

V.  News & Events

VI. Urban Indian Population Evolution

Access to the information and materials is granted at two levels: Public and Restricted. The general public will be able to access information about the existing materials; however will not be able to download all documents available. The rationale behind this restriction is twofold- on the one hand copyright issues constrain our ability to make full-text document versions available to all (only abstracts are permitted). On the other hand, there exist documents that only concern to our membership.

NCUIH Members will be able to see and download documents available (documents with permission granted by author/publishers) and NCUIH-related materials. Since the inception of the project, NCUIH has been requesting permissions to all incumbent documents rights holders; (this is a labor intensive ongoing project). If you are a Member of NCUIH and wish to gain access to the restricted area please contact our Communications Coordinator, Aleksandra Modrow. Among other features, we have included a glossary of Health-related, traditional, spiritual and western culture-based concepts to assist the user to have a better understanding of the documents. Should you have suggestions on concepts or definitions to include please contact our webmaster, Aleksandra Modrow. Next stages of development will incorporate deeper analyses and other specialized online features especially designed for Urban Indian Health Programs registered as NCUIH Members.

For information on the project design or methodology used in the collection of documents please click here or contact Alejandro Bermudez Del Villar, Director of Development & Applied Social Technology

For other questions or suggestions on this site please contact Alejandro Bermudez del Villar.