National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative

If this is an emergency, call 911. To report Elder abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation, view the State/Tribal Hotlines page for local numbers.

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.

COVID-19 Resources

These COVID-19 Tribal Elder Resources will help to inform your communities on how to prevent the spread, protect your Elders and loved ones, and prevent falling for scams.

Elder Abuse Warning Signs

Native Elder Protection Team Toolkit

A step-by-step guide for developing a successful model for addressing Elder abuse in Indian Country. The Toolkit is designed to help you identify and implement a tribal Elder protection team.

Online Interactive Education

  • Behavioral Health
  • Caregiving
  • Cultural Sensitivity
  • Elder Abuse
  • Financial Abuse
  • Healthcare
  • Legal
  • Medication Issues
  • Policy
  • Social Services
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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.