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Native American Youth Gang Assessment Project

Native American youth gangs have been on the rise across the country and Native American youth are more likely than any other ethnic group to belong to a youth gang. The formation and rise of Native American youth gangs requires context-specific information and a culturally appropriate response. Ross VeLure Roholt and Katie Johnston-Goodstar (School of Social Work) will complete a comprehensive assessment of youth gang activity with a Midwestern tribe. Using a community-based, participatory, mixed-method research approach, the investigators will gather data on community demographics, youth gang characteristics in the community, youth gang problems and issues in school, community perceptions of youth gang activity, and community resources to provide a rich understanding of the youth gang issue in this community. Their assessment will inform Tribal Government policy, services, and youth programs to address and reduce Native American youth involvement in gangs.

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Edward Goetz Director, CURA (612) 624-8737