Tribal Sovereignty and the Indian Health Care System Webinar Series

This 5-part series introduces essential history and information to strengthen your ability to partner with American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) providers/organizations and better serve AIAN people.

Registration for this series is closed, but recordings will be posted below as sessions conclude.


  • August 11 – History, Tribal sovereignty, government to government relations, data sovereignty 
  • September 8 – Unique aspects of the Indian Health Care System 
  • October 13 – Cultural considerations when working with AIAN community members. 
  • November 10 – Historical trauma, stigma and discrimination, and Generational Clarity 
  • December 8 – Innovations and best practices implemented by Tribal and Urban Indian programs for whole person care for people with behavioral health needs and working with AIAN partners 

Session 1: History, Tribal sovereignty, government to government relations, data sovereignty.

This session, presented by Vicki Lowe, Executive Director, American Indian Health Commission of WA State, introduces the legal and historical foundations of the Indian health system and the importance of understanding Tribal sovereignty, data sovereignty, and government to government obligations in WA State. (August 11, 2022)

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This series is being co-hosted by the UW Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute and the American Indian Health Commission of WA State and is funded by the State Opioid Response (SOR) grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), and is provided by the University of Washington’s Addictions, Drug & Alcohol Institute.