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American Indian Sight Initiative

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D Mattice

on 26 July 2016

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Transcript of American Indian Sight Initiative

Native American Community Health Program,
had many forms over the years

It was broad based
Programs included community well-being, cultural preservation, re-building ceremony lodges, and language
350 separate grants to tribal organizations

AISI under board discussion since 2012
After 35 years the NACH programs focused only on eye care starting 2013

The history of the United Indian Health Services, also called Potowot Health Village, began in 1968

Incorporated in 1970 and started in Trinidad, CA with only dental

Today they provide medical, dental, community wellness, counseling, WIC, among more comprehensive services

Kewa Pueblo Health Corporation, KPHC
KPHC is a 638 clinic located 41 miles outside of Albuquerque, NM

They have a tribal board and elect governors

Dr. Marvel is from the Caddo Nation - The Caddo Nation is a confederacy of several Southeastern Native American tribes. Their ancestors traditionally inhabited much of what is now East Texas, northern Louisiana and portions of southern Arkansas and Oklahoma.
Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute, SIPI
Pueblo Council envisioned a Native American school and in 1971 opened the doors officially.

Have to be Federally Recognized Native American to attend the school.

SIPI Offers:
Advanced Technical Education
Liberal Arts and Business Education
Developmental Education
AISI Next Steps
Meeting in NM with partners and a discovery meeting with IHS Albuquerque
March 9th - 12th
Leslie, Heidi and Daraxa

Meeting in CA with UIHS
Looking to April


American Indian Sight Initiative
Smith River Rancheria
Elk Valley Rancheria
Yurok Tribe of the Yurok Reservation
Resighini Rancheria
Big Lagoon Rancheria
Blue Lake Rancheria
Cher-Ae Heights Rancheria
Table Bluff Reservation - Wiyot Tribe
Bear River Band of Rohnerville Rancheria

9 Tribes on Board
Area 1 - Del Norte County
Area 2 - Orick, Trinidad, McKinleyville and Blue Lake (North of Mad River)
Area 3 - Arcata and Eureka and all points south to the Humboldt - Mendocino County Line
Area 4 - Hoopa and Willow Creek
Area 5 - Pecwan, Weitchpec and Orleans

19 Different Pueblos
“Feast Days” at each of the Pueblos are named after the Pueblos’ patron saint. Feast Days bring tribal members together to renew their culture, language and native religion. Pueblo Feast Day Dates do not change and are held on the same date each year."

600 - 700 students per year
100 - 120 staff members
On a quarter system
Various tribes throughout the US enrolled
Students do not pay tuition
Childcare services on-site
SIPI Information
Vision Tech
Associate Degree prepares students for national certification. Graduates are eligible to take the ABO (American Board of Opticianary ) and NCLE (National Contact Lens Examination) examinations.

Program courses are designed to lead students into careers as opticians, ophthalmic dispensers, ophthalmic optical laboratory technicians, or ophthalmic technicians/assistants.

Service Areas
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