The American Indian Institute (Aii) was established in 1951 at the University of Oklahoma as a non-profit Native American service, training, and research organization. The Institute is a department within the University of Oklahoma’s College of Continuing Education & University Outreach, providing assistance to American Indian, Alaska Native and Canadian First Nation tribes and bands. With more than 60 years of experience working throughout Indian Country, Aii offers assistance in the following areas: Native Health & Wellness, American Indian Common & Higher Education, Culture & Language Preservation, Tribal Leadership & Organizational Development, and Business & Economic Development.

For more than 30 years, the American Indian Institute (Aii) has hosted conferences and trainings throughout Indian Country with a focus on personal wellness, health promotion/disease prevention, and behavioral health. Throughout this time, we’ve made the best of friends, and are continually humbled by the sense of strength and unity in Native American communities.

One of the most rewarding aspects of our work in Indian Country, is hearing the inspiring stories of Native American elders, women, men, and children who have transformed their lives through discovering what health and wellness means to them.

While it’s important to understand (and continue researching) the marked health disparities that exist between American Indian/Alaska Natives and the general U.S. population, many tribal members leave Native health conferences and trainings feeling discouraged. One of our goals for this project is to use a strengths-based approach to improve health outcomes in Native communities. Through sharing personal stories from tribal members, highlighting innovative programs in Native communities, and offering healthful tips, we hope to shift the focus from ‘disease in Native America’ and begin to celebrate ‘wellness in Native America.’

We’re so glad you’ve joined us, and we hope you’ll come back each month to explore a new topic on living a healthy Native lifestyle.

To learn more information about the American Indian Institute and the projects we’re involved in, please visit our website: www.aii.ou.edu.


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