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NASWSI has a unique curriculum for future social workers centered on tribal issues
We aim to be a resource for new and enrolled NMHU School of Social Work students. Check out our list of Helpful Links below:Helpful Links
NASWSI is proud to partner with these great institutions:
UNM School of Medicine, National Trial Tribal College, Advocacy, Inc. and Southwest Center for Law & Policy
Native American Social Work Studies Institute
Cultivating Resiliency in Social Work
A Message from the Director of NASWSI
The Native American Social Work Studies Institute (“Institute”) was conceptualized several decades ago by Dr. Evelyn Blanchard who spent her life’s long work helping others. The efforts of a small group of social workers and other helping professionals in partnership with New Mexico Highlands University established the Institute within the Facundo Valdez School of Social Work. The Institute continues to offer education and training to social workers, students, and other helping professionals that support Native American social work practices and preserve our culture and values.
-Melissa E. Riley, Ph.D. Director, Native American Social Work Studies Institute
News and Updates
Stay up to date with the latest information and news on the Native American Work Studies Institute through our blog.
Rock Your Mocs: A Celebration of Native American Culture and Unity
Have you ever wondered what those colorful and intricate shoes that some Native Americans wear are called? They are moccasins, or mocs for short, and they are more than just footwear. They are a symbol of Native America
Indigenous Tribal Social Work Educators Association Meeting in Atlanta
Dr. Riley attended the national CSWE Conference in October for the sole purpose of meeting with Indigenous and tribal scholars from around the country. A small room with extensive discussions surrounding social work edu
November 14, 2023
November is Native American Heritage Month
November marks the commencement of National Native American Heritage Month, an occasion in the United States that acknowledges and celebrates the contributions, culture, and accomplishments of Native Americans. The comm