Tribes, Tribal Organizations, and Tribal Public Health
Currently, there are 573 federally recognized American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) tribes spread across much of the United States. American Indian and Alaska Native tribes are diverse groups of people with unique cultures, languages, histories, and practices. Although AI/AN people have many differences, they often share similar experiences with and approaches to maintaining the health and wellness of their communities. For many thousands of years, AI/AN people have practiced the art of medicine and wellness, and native people throughout history have made significant contributions to the public’s health. AI/AN people continue to show resiliency as they cope with historical trauma and distinct health challenges.
In this section, you can learn more about tribes and Indian Organizations, view the geographic distribution of federally recognized tribes across the United States, and read about the contributions AI/AN people have made to public health.