PRIME: Native American History, Culture & Core Values Workshop


“It [the workshop] helped me recognize the far-reaching effects of past actions. [It] gave me facts to help explain to others in the community and the health care system to combat healthcare disparities and hopefully start to fight the war on social injustices and racism.” – Workshop Participant

This workshop was designed to provide participants with an introduction to Michigan’s Native Americans – the Anishinaabek, which include the Ojibwe, Odawa and Bodawatomi Nations.

Learning Objectives
1. Increase knowledge of the culture of the Anishinaabek and tribal history
2. Define historical trauma and describe at least two ways it has impacted Michigan’s American Indian population
3. Increase understanding of the value and potential effectiveness of programs using cultural teachings
4. Identify cultural barriers that affect communication between Tribal, local, county and state governments and identify promising practices to enhance those relationships
5. Increase understanding regarding Anishinaabek parenting skills and viewpoints regarding disabilities when developing programs

Format and Content

This 4-hour interactive learning session was presented by the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan and citizens of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians. It is recommended that groups include no more than 50 participants. For details on training content, see page 50 of the PRIME Guide for Public Health Professionals.


Participants showed increases in all of the reported self-confidence ratings. For details, see the evaluation report and page 135 of the PRIME Guide for Public Health Professionals for the pre-post evaluation tools.

Lesson learned – When adapting this training approach, it is important to truly understand Tribal sovereignty, as these laws and policies would affect state programming.