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date: 22 February 2020

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This chapter provides an overview of well-documented disparities impacting American Indian and Alaska Native children, coupled with an anticipation of the possibilities for integrating research and services for children and families in more culturally appropriate ways. We focus particularly on economic inequality, educational opportunities and disparities, mental health, and substance use. We describe the predicaments and opportunities in tribal territories, and emphasize ways that interventions can be designed that will maximize parent and family choices and respect for cultural differences in addressing the problems that young children and their families continue to face. Finally, we offer a research agenda to address the compelling needs of for children and families in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Keywords: American Indian, Alaska Native children, interventions, early education, mental health, substance use, cultural appropriateness

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