The Center for Indigenous Research, Collaboration, Learning, & Excellence (CIRCLE) at the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations is a clinical research and outreach partnership between the Healing Lodge and the Division on Addiction at Cambridge Health Alliance, a Harvard Medical School teaching hospital. Members of CIRCLE created xaʔtu̓s for Mental Health. Our Strategic Plan
can be found here.
Foster sustainable health within our indigenous communities by engaging in culturally grounded intentional training, education, and tribal participatory research that embraces indigenous healing practices and revitalizes cultural connection and spiritual balance.
We envision strong, healthy indigenous communities empowered to support one another’s overall wellness, connection, and balance of mind, heart, and spirit.
NARCH: Native American Research Centers for Health
The Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH) program supports CIRCLE’s xaʔtu̓s for mental health training and research activities. Other CIRCLE funding has included a seed grant from the International Center for Responsible Gaming (Risk and Resilience among Native American Youth in the Pacific Northwest). The National Institute of Health (NIH) has awarded us three 4/5-year NARCH grants to support our research and capacity-building work at the Healing Lodge of the Seven Nations.
CIRCLE is grateful to the numerous individuals who are representing the Seven Nations for providing us with their advice and insight about our work through participation in the xaʔtu̓s for Mental Health working group.