American Indian and Alaskan Native Historical Trauma and an Adlerian Perspective

Even though American Indian and Alaskan Natives have endured horrific events throughout history, they have proven to be a resilient population. This research will examine statistical health disparities among Native Americans in the United States, Minnesota, and one single tribe, the Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate of the northeast corner of South Dakota. This research will examine historical events that include forced assimilation, removal and extermination, the boarding school era, and the sterilization of American Indian women. This research will also identify common themes between the American Indian Medicine Wheel and Adlerian Individual Psychology. These themes include holism, social interest, life-style, goal orientation, and life-tasks. This research will also examine traditional Native American and Alaskan Native healing practices.

Leonard L. Hayes
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