Native American Population Outreach Guide

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Native Americans and Vocational Rehabilitation

When working with people from a culture not your own, it can be difficult to know how to best serve them in their quest to find a job. As a culturally responsive VR counselor or employment service provider, learning about a group can give you a foundation of understanding to build a relationship.

Engaging Native American Job Seekers

If you are unfamiliar with Native American culture, there are many general informational resources available. Since there are over 300 recognized tribes in North America, these resources should be used with care. They are a springboard for learning more about an individual’s specific life experience.

Recommended Resources from TACQE and Partners

Here are a variety of resources to get you started:

  • Training: Overview of Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation Services – TACQE U
    Participants will begin by looking at points in the legislative history for Tribal Vocational Rehabilitation (TVR). They will able to describe the relationship, note key differences, and learn the required written agreement between TVR and State VR. Finally, participants will learn ways to provide outreach to tribal members and the community
  • Subsistence Activities as an AIVRS Employment Outcome
    Subsistence living involves maintaining a self-sufficient livelihood through traditional methods of natural resource use, such as hunting and fishing. It is a form of self-employment, in which individuals produce goods and services that are either used by the household – or for trade and bartering.
  • Mental Health and American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation: Dual Diagnosis and De-Escalation
    The American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS) Programs are located in rural areas on government lands known as reservations. On top of the already staggering mental health caseloads on reservations, the Covid-19 pandemic has caused an unprecedented surge in the need or mental health care.

Resources from the American Indian Vocational Rehabilitation Services (AIVRS)

Resources to Share

Here are a few more resources that can provide insight into Native American culture, so vocational rehabilitation counselors can best advice their clients.

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