National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative

Most cases of elder abuse are undetected, under reported, and unresolved resulting in injury, financial decimation, and even death. The National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI) was created to address the lack of culturally appropriate information and community education materials on elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation in Indian Country. Some of the undertakings of the initiative include:

  • Establish a resource center on elder abuse to assist tribes in addressing indigenous elder abuse, neglect, and exploitation.
  • Identify and make available existing literature, resources and tribal codes that address indigenous elder abuse.
  • Develop and disseminate culturally appropriate and responsive resources for use by tribes, care providers, law enforcement and other stakeholders.

NIEJI is funded by the Administration for Community Living to provide research, education, and training for the identification and prevention of elder abuse in Indigenous communities. This program serves American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian elders in an effort to improve their quality of life. The project is housed at the University of North Dakota Center for Rural Health.

Elder Abuse Awareness Videos

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