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Organization Profile


Point of Contact: Sofia Locklear

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Region: Northwest Region,

Type of Organization: Regional or national nonprofit,

Urban Indian Health Institute

Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) is one of 12 Tribal Epidemiology Centers (TECs) in the United States and the only one that serves Urban Indian Health Programs across the nation. UIHI recognizes research, data, and evaluation as indigenous values. They utilize the strengths of western science and are grounded in traditional ways of knowing as they conduct research and evaluation, collect and analyze data, and provide disease surveillance. Urban Indian Health Institute’s indigenous evaluation framework is inclusive of American Indians and Alaska Natives living in urban settings. This framework includes the core values of decolonizing data, centering of community, centering the strength and resiliency of indigenous people, and the recognition that community is created wherever indigenous people are. The goal is to use evaluation as a tool that lifts the stories of our indigenous communities, recognizes the interconnectedness with our environment, highlights the importance of indigenous ways of knowing, and pushes back on the white heteronormative patriarchal scripts that often seek to erase Native identities and histories. The goal of their evaluation framework is to have communities recognize that indigenous people have always been researchers and evaluators and that they best know how to solve the "issues" that colonization has brought to indigenous people.