"ND Smoke-Free Casinos Project-Collaboration with five ND-Tribes and ND Department of Health"

Project PI/CO PI: Stephanie Jay and Jackie Giron, TMBCI Tobacco Prevention Programs

ND Smoke Free Casinos project.  Partnership between Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa and the ND Department of Health. Survey of TMBCI casino patrons, casino employees, and tribal members.

"School Connectedness and Academic Achievement of American Indian High School Students"

Project PI/Co PI: Dr. Andrea, Laverdure Ed. D. & Dr. Teresa LaFromboise, Ph. D.

School connectedness and academic achievement of American Indian High School Students.  The purpose of this study is to analyze associations between school connectedness, academic achievement and academic engagement among American Indian High School students.

"Information and Communication Technology Utilization among American Indians as a Method of HIV and other Sexually Transmitted Infection (STI) Prevention Education"

Project PI/Co PI: Dr. Todd M. Sabato, Ph.D., & Cole Allick, Undergraduate Student UND

Information and communication technology utilization among American Indians as a method of HIV and other sexually transmitted infection (STI) prevention education. A online survey delivered to 18-24 year old college students attending TMCC during fall 2014 academic term.

"ND Tribal Smoke free Casino Project-Air Quality Monitoring Process”

Project PI: Stephanie Jay and Jackie Giron, TMBCI Tobacco Prevention Programs

ND Tribal Smoke free Casino Project-Air Quality Monitoring Process. The research project is working with the Roswell Park Cancer Institute to perform air quality monitoring study at the Turtle Mountain Sky Dancer Casino.

“Exploratory Research on the Impact of the Growing Oil Industry in ND and MT on Domestic Violence, Dating Violence, Sexual Assault, and Stalking”

Project PI/Co PI: Dr. Dheeshana Jayasundara, PhD, Thomasine Heitkamp, Roni Mayzer, Elizabeth Legerski, and Tracy Evanson, University of North Dakota

The purpose is to identify changes in, and the distribution of, domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking, in the Bakken region, and to explore the impact of any increased interpersonal violence, or perceptions of an increase, from 2002-2014

“The Molecular Basis of Inherited Reproductive Disorders

Project PI/Co PI: Dr. William F. Crowley, PhD, and Dr. Lyle Best, PhD, Harvard Medical School

The purpose of the study is to better understand how genetics affect the physiology of human reproduction. The discovery of new, yet-undiscovered genes for conditions of early puberty, delayed puberty, absence of pubertal development as well as normal puberty that is accompanied by an altered reproductive system later in life.

"Tribal College & Universities Epidemiology Behavioral Wellness Study (Epi Bewell)"

Project PI/Co PI: Bonnie M. Duran, PhD

Alcohol, drug and other substance-related harm among college students is a major national, tribal concern, associated with numerous American Indians/Alaska Natives (AIAN) health disparities: unintentional injuries (149% higher), homicide (92% higher) and suicide (72% higher). The present study is an expansion of a 3 year research partnership between the American Indian Higher Education Consortium (AIHEC), 25 tribal colleges and universities (TCU), and 3 UW research centers, focused on alcohol, drug and other substance abuse, as well as mental health outcomes.

The National Baseline Study (NBS) Examining Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women Living in Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages"

Project PI/Co PI: Ada Pecos Melton, MPA

to obtain an accurate national victimization rate of violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women who live on tribal lands through an examination of the prevalence of violence.

"ASPIRE North Dakota"

Project PI/Co PI: Amy Armstrong

the purpose of understanding whether or not providing coordinated case management services to youth who receive SSI (Supplemental Security Income) and their family’s improves post-secondary outcomes.

"Native Women, Intimate Partner Violence, and Substance Abuse: The Protective Effect of Culture and Identity"

Project PI/Co PI: Katie Schultz

This analysis expands on one of the original aims of the grant and procedures described and approved in the IRB application, “Tribal College & Universities Epidemiology Behavioral Wellness Study (Epi BeWll)” originally approved by the TMBCI Research Review Board on February 26, 2015.

"Turtle Mountain Community College, Anishinabe Campus Research Capacity Building"

Project PI/Co: Stacie Blue

Purpose of the research projects is to expose TMCC students to research methodology and practice.  The research project will use biological indicators such as macroinvertebrates and leaves of aquatic plants to measure the quality of water in different bays of Fish Lake.

"Community Health Assessment"

Project PI/Co: Kylie Keplin/Anita Frederick

This research will provide an overview of findings from a Community Health Assessment of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians (TMBCI) Community by the TMBCI Community. The intent of this study is to garnish base-line data about the TMBCI Community, allow for data driven decisions by tribal government, and to track and use the data to discern areas of concern and improvement over time for service programs.

"National and Tribal Evaluation of the 2nd Generation of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants"

Project PI/Co: Michael Meit

The purpose of this research is to assess the educational and employment outcomes of the students that will participate in the Health Education Access Rural Training (HEART) project at Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC).  The goal of the HEART Project is to provide educational opportunities to Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and low-income individuals for occupations in the health care field that pay well and are expected to either experience labor shortages or be in high-demand. [See Heart Project page at www.tm.edu].  The HEART project is part of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) Program, established by the Patient Projection and Affordable Care Act of 2010 (ACA).  The HPOG program funds training in high-demand healthcare professions, targeted to TANF recipients and other low-income individuals. 

"Water Quality and Abnormal Leech Present in Water bodies located on the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Reservation

Project PI/Co: Deborah Hunter

To use abnormal leech as an indicator of contaminated recreational water.  We will also test the water.

"Genetics and Pre-eclampsia Study"

Project Pi/Co: Lyle Best

Another important goal of this proposal is enhancement of the biomedical research infrastructure at the tribal college, Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC), which will allow continued genetic/epidemiologic research to be conducted by AI Investigators and TMCC students.

"The Promise of Tribal Self-Determination in American Indian Education Policy: A study of the transition from No Child Left Behind to the Every Student Succeeds Act

Project PI/Co: Meredith McCoy

I am looking at the end of No Child Left Behind and the planning for the Every Student Succeeds Act to see what extent the new law supports tribal self-determined schooling.

"Identifying our Needs: A Survey of Elders VI"

Project PI/Co: Collette Adamsen

To provide data for participating tribes to use on their Title VI grant applications to receive funding; in addition, participating tribes can use data for other grant applications for funding needed in the tribal community.

"North Dakota Pregnancy Risk Assessment Monitoring System (PRAMS)"

Project PI/Co: Grace Njau

PRAMS is designed to supplement data from vital records and to generate data for planning and assessing perinatal health programs in each participating state.  Findings from PRAMS are meant to be used to enhance understanding of maternal behaviors and their relationships with adverse pregnancy outcomes.  PRAMS data can also be used to aid in the development and assessment of programs designed to identify high-risk pregnancy and reduce adverse pregnancy outcomes and to inform policy in each participating state.  North Dakota was selected as a PRAMS site in 2016 and data collection is to be started in April of 2017.

"Food Sovereignty Assessment"

Project PI/Co: Anita Frederick

Using community based participatory research (CBPR) methods, TNRG is charged with the research and planning for collecting and generating baseline data on the community's local food systems.  The data will provide TNRG and the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa's community with the baseline data to build sustainable food systems.

"Evaluation of Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota (TREND) program"

Project PI/Co: W. Douglas Evans

The TREND program, which includes TMCC, requires an external evaluation.  The goal is conduct a site visit to job training programs at TMCC to learn more about the contexts in which they operate and to talk with faculty and, if possible, students over the age of 18.

"Native American and Alaska Native Children in School (NAM) Program Study

Project PI/Co: Courtney Tanenbaum

The U.S. Department of Education's Title III Native American and Alaska Native Children in Schools (NAM) Program seeks to improve academic outcomes for Native American and Alaska Native (NA/AN) students.  The U.S. Department of Education is funding a study to examine how grantees have used the NAM Program to support NA/AN student academic achievement.  The study is being conducted by the American Institutes for Research (AIR). AIR is tasked with examining how NAM Program grantees prioritize use of funds, how they measure progress, and the challenges and lessons learned in providing services.  The purpose of this study is to provide information to the Department of Education to help it better support grantees.  

"North Dakota Partnerships for Success (ND PFS) Youth Survey"

Project PI/Co: Eric Canen

This study will be part of the evaluation of the North Dakota Partnerships for Success (ND PFS) project.  The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) provides funding to the North Dakota Department of Human Services (ND DHS) to implement the ND PFS.  As a part of that project, the ND DHS is funding 10 community sub recipient grantees based on their demonstrated need in the area of underage alcohol use. The Turtle Mountain Reservation was identified one the chosen communities.  The ND DHS has funded the Turtle Mountain Community College to implement the ND PFS Project on the reservation.

"Impacts of Commercial Tobacco Marketing on American Indian Reservations - Tribal Retail Environment (TREE) Study"

Project PI/Co: Kristine Rhodes

The objective of this application is to determine how tribal and FDA policies relating to commercial tobacco sales are implemented in various Upper Midwest tribes and to gauge community perceptions of current and potential future regulations.

"Sunday Academies for NATURE portion of ND EPSCoR

Project PI/Co: Scott Hanson

ND EPSCoR supports the Nurturing American Tribal Undergraduate Research and Education (NATURE) program. This program is designed to build and strengthen pathways for American Indian students to pursue careers in STEM fields. ND EPSCoR is required to have an external evaluation of all its programs.

" Turtle Mountain Retirement Home Wi-Fi Project

Project PI: Ashley Davis, student Turtle Mountain Community College

The purpose of this project is to collect data for the purpose of getting the local retirement home wired for Wi-Fi services.

Examining the Relationship of Emotional Intelligence and Teacher Burnout in Native American Schools

Project PI: Michelle Thomas, Doctoral Candidate, University of Mary
The purpose of this research study is to provide support to educators in an effort to reduce teacher burnout and increase job satisfaction.  Competencies of emotional intelligence could assist educators in effectively managing the stress and burnout
associate with teaching in Native American schools.

UND School of Medicine Virtual Anatomy Laboratory Outreach (VALO) Project

Project PI: Kenneth Ruit

The University of North Dakota School of Medicine and Health Sciences Virtual Anatomy Lab Outreach (VALO) project, is an educational intervention designed to engage high school junior and senior students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) through interaction with scientists and medical professionals via a virtual anatomy lab learning environment. The rationale for the program is the notion that novel and challenging learning experiences will increase the likelihood that students will want to pursue STEM-based careers. Specifically the project aims to address barriers related to access within North Dakota rural and tribal contexts. The VALO project will collaborate with up to thirty high schools, including Tribal schools, across the state of North Dakota. The program will utilize mobile multimedia platforms to implement a live video based course, so students and teachers can virtually view live lab demonstrations with real human cadavers, receiving instruction in laboratory techniques from UND faculty and scientists. Project curriculum and implementation center on: a) Factors and key experiences that effectively promote awareness of STEM careers, motivation to pursue a STEM career, and persistence in undertaking education pathways to those careers. b) Exploring effective culturally-responsive pedagogy and curricular practices to stimulate student understanding of and interest in STEM occupations.

The Four-Day School week and its impact on Students with Disabilities

Project PI: Sherry Manning, Doctoral Candidate, University of Mary
The purpose of this mixed method,
comparative research study is to discover the impact the four-day school week plays on the education and individualized programming of students with disabilities at the Turtle Mountain Community High School in Belcourt, ND.  This study uses both quantitative and qualitative data to define the impact the four-day school week has on educational services, graduation, and drop-out rates for students with disabilities.  The results of this study will assist school administration and individualized education teams (IEP teams) in identifying possible educational complications for students with disabilities.  It will also identify advantages and disadvantages for teachers and parents of students with disabilities and examine how they are impacted when a school system changes from the traditional five-day school week to the four-day school week.

Communities First Survey 

Project PI: Anita Frederick

The data derived from this survey will indicate the needed programs and services that will be offered in the Families First Centers located in 5 locations throughout the community.  Once the information is collected.  The P2P Executive Director will work with Housing authority officials in developing a schedule of services.

​Completed Studies

TMBCI Approved Research 

Active Studies

Terminated Studies

​​"​To improve the quality of life for all Tribal Members, through culturally competent, custom-fit research"

"Exploring Breast Cancer Risk Factors among American Indian Women"

Project PI: Melanie Nadeau, PhD Candidate University of Minnesota

The proposed study focuses on gathering the information needed to determine relative risk for risk factors associated with breast cancer among American Indian women.  The researcher will explore the following risk factors: woman’s age, age at first live birth, age of onset of menstruation, the number of previous benign breast biopsies, total number of first-degree relatives with breast cancer, body mass index (BMI) and parity. 

"Exploring the History of Public Discourse on Self Determination as a Value and Belief of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians"

Project PI: Teri Martin-Parisien, PhD Candidate University of North Dakota

Using tribal critical race theory as the theoretical framework and methodology, the values and beliefs of the tribe from the early to mid-1900's will be compared with the values and beliefs of  the tribe in the present date to explore any changes, particularly as it relates to self-determination.

“In Our Own Words: Native Impressions”

Project PI/Co PI: Lucy Ganje, MFA, Kim Fink, and Sebastian Braun, University of North Dakota

In our own words: Native Impressions. This purpose of this study highlight the lives of contemporary Native Americans and the issues surrounding them. Tribal members will have portraits painted while the subjects talk about their lives and life experiences while living in North Dakota.

"TMBCI Health Priorities"

Project PI/Co PI: Anita Frederick

To Identify health priorities within the TMBCI community.

"American Indian Perceptions of Obesity and it's Effects on Healthy Lifestyles"

Project PI/Co PI: Morgan J Foster, MPH

To identify perceptions, beliefs, opinions, and attitudes about obesity and its effects on healthy lifestyles in the TMBCI community.

"Education & Employment Hope (self-reliance) Assessment of HS Junior/Seniors on ND American Indian Reservations"

Project PI/Co PI: Loretta Heuer, PhD

To survey Junior/Senior high school students in and around four tribal nations in ND (TMBCI, Spirit Lake, Standing Rock, MHA Nation/United Tribes to assess their hope (degree of self-reliance) for future education and employment.

"French-Canadian and Michif Heritage in North Dakota"

Project PI/Co PI: Virgil Benoit

This project will gather information on French-Canadian and Michif heritage from knowledgeable individuals across the state of North Dakota.

"Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians Housing Research and Prototype Design"

Project PI/Co PI: Aleksandra Jaeschke

Is to design new homes for the Turtle Mountain Community which will help reduce the cost of heating, improve the quality of life, and accommodate the demands for multi-generational living.

"Perception of the Effect of Leadership Styles on Organizational Commitment at Tribal Colleges and Universities"

Project PI/Co: Amber Mathern

The purpose of the research is to propose an investigation of the perception of the effect of leadership styles on organizational commitment at Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). With TCUs taking a leading role in the effort to combat unemployment in the Native American populations, they help to shape the economic future of Indian Country.  The TCUs' quest to help shape the economic future of Indian Country relies on the effectiveness of the respective TCUs.

"National Evaluation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College Career Training (TAACCCT) Program, US Department of Labor

Project PI/Co: Carol Hafford

The purpose of this research is to learn about and document the implementation of Turtle Mountain Community College's Training for Regional Energy in North Dakota (TREND) program, which is part of a state grant consortium led by Bismarck State College, for the National Evaluation of the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) Community College Career Training Program administered by the US Department of Labor.

"North Dakota Condition Assessment"

Project PI/Co: Edward Dekeyser

The purpose of this study is to assess the condition of wetlands across North Dakota.  This will help us develop a data set of how wetlands in the region are changing over time.

"Safe Children Immunization Project"

Project PI/Co: Linda Littlefield

The project will serve the 7 Great Plains communities where Healthy Start Programs are also located, including the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indian (TMBCI) Reservation.  The aim of the project is to improve immunization coverage for American Indian children in the Great Plains region.  

“Instructor Perceptions on the Values of College Readiness”

Project PI: Erica Gunville, PhD Candidate University of North Dakota

The proposed research project conducts research on values of college ready programming, with the purpose of the study to focus on instructor perceptions and what makes a student become college read

“Great Plains Partnership to Improve Community Health”

Project PI: Nichole Cottier, Great Plains Tribal Chairmen’s Health Board

The proposed study is a community assessment designed to assist the Tribal Advisory Committee to measure community health, create knowledge, and implement effective strategies that reflect cultural values and beliefs to reduce the rates death and disability due to diabetes and stroke.

"Quality of Health/Life after Organ Donation or Transplantation: American Indians' Experience"

Project PI/Co PI: Misty Lynn Wilkie-Condiff, PhD, RN

To learn more about the experience American Indians have with organ donation and transplantation.

"Healthy American Indian Pregnancy Project"

Project PI/Co PI: Clayton J. Hilmert

The purpose of this research is to study associations among historical trauma, stress, sleep, health during pregnancy, and pregnancy outcomes (e.g., birth weight, length of pregnancy) in American Indian women.

"Community based diabetes education "Train the Trainer Event"

Project PI/Co PI: Alona Jarmin

It will be a training to train able and willing participants to hold community based diabetes education using a CMS approvedcurriculum that requires training on prior to holding community classes on diabetes (type 2).  The purpose of this training is to improve the clinical outcomes of diabetics in communities in ND by identifying and training people who will hold community based diabetes education classes using the CMS approved curriculum, Diabetes Empowerment Education Program (D.E.E.P).  The focused population is American Indian and those who have Medicare.

"Oral Narrative Education Practiced on the Turtle Mountain Chippewa Indian Reservation"

Project PI/Co PI: Dr. Nathan Wood, Caitlyn Johnson

To gain data for dissertation studying oral narrative educational practice.

"The Impact of Biculuralism on the Psychopathic Personality Inventory Scores"

Project PI/Co PI: Cynthia Guartos

To gather normative data for the American Indian male population and check if my data matches the current “normative” data the manual supplies.

"Tourism Surveys"

Project PI/Co: Don Hawkins

To gain a better understanding of the tourist profile in Turtle Mountain and their preferences regarding visitor activities. To understand resident perception of tourism, preferences for tourism development, and collect information about interested tourism participants