Partnerships between American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribal nations and academic research institutions have the potential to be mutually beneficial and long-lasting, and to contribute to tribal sovereignty and research sustainability. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center and the University of Nevada, Reno recently partnered to develop a research-based toolkit, Holding Space: A Guide for Partners in Tribal Research, to share informed practices for meaningful tribal-academic research partnerships. The toolkit consists of a discussion guide and a research game centered on the notions of governance, trust, and culture—three key drivers of meaningful community-academic partnerships between AI/AN tribal nations and research institutions. This framework can help inform and improve many aspects of community-based research, including IRB review of research with AI/AN tribal nations.
During this webinar, speakers from the NCAI Policy Research Center and the University of Nevada, Reno will:
- Present an overview of the research oversight structures that exist within American Indian/Alaska Native tribal nations
- Explore the impact of governance, trust, and culture on tribal-academic research partnerships
- Summarize the background and function of the Holding Space toolkit, and show how this resource can be used to help simulate decision-making and model outcomes over time in tribal-academic partnerships
- Offer tips and strategies for IRB review of research with AI/AN tribal nations, including the assessment of both individual and community harms and benefits, and how to recognize effective partnerships between the researcher and the tribal nation
What will I learn?
After attending this webinar, you will be able to:
- Understand the background and function of the Holding Space toolkit
- Recognize the impact of governance, trust, and culture as a framework for building tribal-academic research partnerships
- Describe some implications for IRB review of research with tribal nations
Who should attend?
This webinar will benefit IRB professionals, IRB members, tribal research oversight entities, funding agencies, and researchers who conduct research with AI/AN individuals and communities.