The following is a list of NIOSH publications related to American Indian and Alaska Native workers. You will also find relevant documents from external organizations and related links. For a complete listing of NIOSH publications click here.

NIOSH Publications

Examining Occupational Health and Safety Disparities Using National Data: A Cause for Continuing Concernexternal icon
Occupational status, a core component of socioeconomic status, plays a critical role in the well-being of U.S. workers. Identifying work-related disparities can help target prevention efforts.

Injuries and Asthma Among Youth Less Than 20 Years of Age on: Minority Farm Operations in the United States, 2000-Volume I: Racial Minority National Data DHHS (NIOSH) Publication Number 2005-147pdf icon
This document is an important step in understanding the magnitude of youth injuries occurring on racial minority-operated farms in the U.S.

NIOSH Science Blog: Improving the Safety and Health of Bison Handlers
Those who work with bison face unique risks. Bison are the largest land mammals in North America, weighing in at about 1,000-2,000 pounds.

NIOSH Science Blog: Partnering to Promote Workplace Safety and Health in Tribal Communities
Over 5.2 million American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) live across the United States. In 2013, approximately 1,319,000 AI/AN workers were employed in the U.S. workforce.

Occupational Health Equity Program, NIOSH Publication No. 2018-173
The NIOSH Occupational Health Equity Program seeks to promote health equity in disease incidence, injury, mental illness, and morbidity and mortality that are closely linked with social, economic, and/or environmental disadvantage. This snapshot shows recent accomplishments and upcoming work.

Racial Minority-Operated Farms, 2008 NIOSH Publication No. 2014-111
A survey of racial minority farm operators estimated that 56% of racial minority-operated farms had youth less than 20 years of age on their farm sometime during 2008.

A Story of Impact: Use of Model Farmers Proves Effective in Increasing Safety Practices Among Navajo Agricultural Workers NIOSH Publication No. 2015-117
Covering 27,000 square miles in Arizona, New Mexico, and Utah, the Navajo Nation, geographically, is the largest American Indian reservation in the U.S. Within the Navajo Nation, many use farming for personal means including food, business, and trade.

External Resources

Assessment of Tribal Bison Worker Hazards Using Trusted Research Facilitatorsexternal icon
Agriculture is one of the most hazardous industries in the United States. Within agriculture, livestock handling is particularly dangerous.

Building Capacity with Native Americans and Alaska Natives to Handle Hazardous Materials and Respond to Emergenciespdf iconexternal icon
The National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences Worker Training Program funds health and safety training for Native American tribal workers and communities across the U.S. These training efforts protect workers, improve emergency and disaster response, increase employment opportunities, and build capacity in Native American communities.

The Division of Environment Health Annual Report 2017pdf iconexternal icon
This report highlights activities and projects conducted by the Indian Health Service and tribal environmental health staff from across the U.S.

The History of Uranium Mining and the Navajo Peopleexternal icon
Uranium mining occurred mostly in the southwestern United States and drew many Native Americans and others into work in the mines and mills.

New Mexico Tribal Occupational Health: Needs Assessment: A Report to Native American Communitiesexternal icon
At 9.3% of New Mexico’s population, Native Americans are a vital part of the state’s workforce. In recent years there has been a boom of industry on New Mexico’s reservation, especially in the gaming industry.

NIOSH Launches Worker Safety and Health Initiative for American Indians and Alaska Nativespdf iconexternal icon
In 2013, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health launched an initiative to partner with American Indians and Alaska Native communities, organizations, and others to promote occupational safety and health support.

Occupational and Environmental Exposures Among Alaska Native and American Indian People Living in Alaska and the Southwest United Statesexternal icon
Reports on the prevalence of self-reported exposure to occupational and environmental hazards in a large cohort of AI/AN people living in Alaska and the Southwest U.S. and compares the sociodemographic characteristics of persons who reported hazard exposure to those reporting no exposure.

Selected Tribal Laws Related to Occupational Safety and Healthpdf icon
American Indian and Alaska Native tribes are sovereign nations that maintain a government to government relationship with the United States. This document offers examples of selected tribal laws related to occupational safety and health.

Related Links

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Center for State, Tribal, Local and Territorial Support/Tribal Affairs and Strategic Alliance Unit

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention/Agency for Toxic Substance and Disease Registry Tribal Consultation

Indian Health Service/Division of Environmental Health Servicesexternal icon

NIOSH Health Hazard Evaluations

NIOSH Occupational Health Equity Program

Tribal Epidemiology Centersexternal icon

NIOSH Total Worker Health

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