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Native PRIDE received a 5-year Administration for Native Americans (ANA) grant entitled, “Native Youth Initiative for Leadership, Empowerment and Development (I-LEAD) in 2016.  This exciting grant allows Native PRIDE to spend a comprehensive year in 4-reservation communities in Montana and South Dakota to facilitate the leadership empowerment of Native youth, adults, elders and families. 



The goal of this project is to increase cultural resilience among the primary beneficiaries, 400 Native youth, 200 elders/adults, parents, and 32 Mental Health Professionals in the four partnership communities through their successful completion of the 1-year Intergenerational Connection Project (ICP) in the first 48 months.  In year 05 four ICP Peer to Peer Youth Facilitators Certification Training will be conducted for 320 youth from Montana and South Dakota.

During the Intergenerational Connection Project (ICP) Implementation year, each partnership will complete the following:

1. Participate in a 2-day strategic planning meeting at the beginning of their ICP.

2. Hire an onsite coordinator.

3. Establish an advisory council consisting of 25 youth, 20 adults-elders and 2 mental health professionals. They will make recommendations and serve in the training team for their ICP activities.

4. Conduct 3 day Native HOPE training in their community.
** Conduct a 3 day Good Road of Life Training in their community.
** Conduct a youth-adult/elder cultural mentorship program.
** Conduct a youth conference.
** Conduct a rite of passage ceremony.
** The 5th year of the ICP is designed to conduct 4-certification trainings in Montana and South Dakota to build capacity for other communities to replicate the ICP.

The 4 ICP partnership Communities are:

  • Northern Cheyenne Boys & Girls Club, Lame Deer, Montana
  • Little Wound School, Kyle, South Dakota
  • American Horse School, Allen, South Dakota
  • Ft. Peck Tribe, Poplar, Montana



This article “Suicide Prevention: A Culture-Based Approach in Indian Country” by Clayton Small, PhD. was published in American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (SPSAC) advisor, November 2, 2014.




This article “Establishing the Reliability and validity of the Sources of Strength in One American Indian Community, by Allyson Kelley, Dr.PH, MPH, CHES and Clayton Small, Ph.D., was published in American Indian and Alaska Native Mental Health Research journal (volume 23, issue 2).


Publication: Administration for Native Americans

"Native Nonprofit Teaches "The Good Road of Life" Fatherhood Curriculum"



Founded in 2007 and headquartered in Corrales, New Mexico, Native Prevention, Research, Intervention, Development, and Education (PRIDE) works throughout the United States “to develop and implement culture, strengths and spiritual based programs for Native people that inspire leadership, healing and wellness from colonization and multigenerational trauma.”


Young Native men have some of the highest risk factors in the country for substance abuse, violence, depression and suicide. Native PRIDE believes these issues stem from Native men having “lost the sacred connection to their cultural identity and roles.” The breakdown of a positive male presence threatens the well-being of Native children, and at worst, tears families apart.


To address this, Native PRIDE developed a unique culturally-based fatherhood curriculum and project titled “The Good Road of Life: Responsible Fatherhood,” which it delivered across the country through an Administration for Native Americans Strengthening Families grant.


The project staff delivered 10 “The Good Road of Life” seminars in five tribal communities, reaching 895 people, including men and their families. Pre- and post-evaluations of participants indicate that men who completed the program developed enlightened self-awareness of their relationships with their own fathers and families and learned about “letting go,” communication skills and forgiveness. Men with substance abuse or domestic violence issues received education and counseling to start addressing these issues....


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