Center for Native American Youth (CNAY)
The CNAY manages an ever-growing, comprehensive online resource center with information about programs and initiatives that address issues affecting the health, safety, and overall well-being of young people in Indian country.
This resource center includes information for:
- Native Youth on scholarships, internships, camps, conferences, and commissions
- Tribes, Urban Indians and Indian Country on grants, federal programs, and resources that serve Native youth
- Everyone on actionable information such as research, articles, statistics, and more
The CNAY is a policy program within the Aspen Institute dedicated to improving the lives of Native youth through communication, policy development, and advocacy. For more information, contact Josie Raphaelito at 202-736-2905.
White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP)
The ONDCP advises the president on drug-control issues, coordinates drug-control activities and related funding across the federal government, and produces the annual National Drug Control Strategy. The strategy outlines:
- Administration efforts to reduce illicit drug use
- Manufacturing and trafficking
- Drug-related crime and violence
- Drug-related health consequences
Drug use disorders and crime exact a heavy toll among American Indians and Alaska Natives. Recognizing these issues, the ONDCP develops programs and policies tailored to Indian country using a balanced strategy of prevention, treatment, recovery support, and law enforcement:
- Preventing Drug Use among Native Youth: The ONDCP has a number of ongoing programs and initiatives that provide support and resources for the health and safety of Native communities, including the National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign and the Drug Free Communities Support Program.
- Partnering with Indian Country Law Enforcement: The High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas program connects federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies with tribal authorities to identify, disrupt, and dismantle drug trafficking organizations. The program provides training to these officials on a host of drug-related issues and promotes information sharing with other law enforcement partners.
- Reducing Drug Use and its Consequences through Signature Initiatives: The ONDCP has identified three key policy priorities, which include addressing the epidemic of prescription drug abuse, reducing drugged driving on the nation’s roads, and improving comprehensive prevention strategies at the community level. These issues are critical areas of focus in reducing drug use and its consequences in the United States, and are all relevant to American Indian and Alaska Native communities nationwide.