Perspective developing successful collaborative research partnerships with ai/an communities

Jonathan Credo, Jani C. Ingram

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In the United States, American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) people are frequently under-or misrepresented in research and health statistics. A principal reason for this disparity is the lack of collaborative partnerships between researchers and tribes. There are hesitations from both academic Western scientists and tribal communities to establish new partnerships due to differences in cultural and scientific understanding, from data ownership and privacy to dissemination and project expansion. An infamous example is the mishandling of samples collected from the Havasupai Tribe by Arizona State University (ASU) scientists, leading to a legal battle between the tribe and ASU and ending in a moratorium of research with the Havasupai people. This paper will explore three successful and positive collaborations with a large and small tribe, including how the partnerships were established and the outcomes of the collaboration. In addition, the paper will provide perspective of what needs to be addressed by Western scientists if productive collaborations with tribal groups are to be established.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article number9089
JournalInternational Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
Issue number17
StatePublished - Sep 2021


  • Community development
  • Cultural competence and cultural safety
  • Indigenous data governance and data sovereignty

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pollution
  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health
  • Health, Toxicology and Mutagenesis


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