Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Research Department
The Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribal Government has embraced the need for a formalized process of conducting research on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian Reservation. A process that will protect the people, culture and natural resources of the Tribe and the Tribe's future generation from unauthorized scientific research. In addition, they realize the need to reduce the adverse effects of research and related activities on the Tribal Community and ensure that researchers recognize Tribal control of research activities and that the Tribe owns all data and information generated and produced by such research. Through the process development of statutory basis will established and provided for a process to review and govern any research, collection, database or publication undertaken on the reservation.
Tribal Nations Research Group (TNRG)
To assist in the research, development and management of the goals and objectives of research, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Tribal Leadership partnered with the Tribal Nations Research Group (TNRG).The Tribal Nations Research Group is a nonprofit organization created through resolution by the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, with a mission to improve the quality of life for all Tribal member through culturally-competent, custom-fit research.
Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH)
The Collaborative Research Center of American Indian Health helps Tribal Communities and health professionals plan and perform research addressing the health issue of American Indians (AI) in South Dakota, North Dakota, and Minnesota. CRCAIH aims to help Tribes and health researchers build the strong relationships needed to plan and carry out research on regional Native American health issues. CRCAIH mentors Tribes in all aspects of research, and provides technical assistance, that the Tribes can develop and conduct future research on their own.
The TNRG and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians with support from the Collaborative Research Center for American Indian Health (CRCAIH) are working together to develop a Tribal research infrastructure that will serve as a mechanism to improve relations between the Tribe and scientist/researchers, and to promote collaboration within the framework of mutual respect, equity, and empowerment, and to identify benefits and risks to the Tribal community. Through this partnership the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians will establish a research review board, Tribal research code, and a community advisory board.