Native American Research Center for Health (NARCH)

Provide a cooperative structure for the development and implementation of high quality, culturally sensitive and community supported research linked to health disparity issues. Collaborative effort will facilitate the participation of American Indians and Alaskan Natives in the research process through training and mentoring opportunities within both academic and community settings.

Student Development Programs

Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council, in partnership with multiple groups interested in the health of American Indian people, has designed a student development program to support students who are interested in health care research and occupations. Through this program, students are provided with academic support, career guidance, and opportunities for hands-on learning experiences from middle school through graduate degrees.

Held in Madison, WI during the spring. Geared to students in 6th- 12th grade from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota.

Purpose: The event serves to both welcome and attract American Indian students into health sciences professions. American Indian students are invited to the UW-Madison and Madison College campuses virtually to learn about science and health professions through hands-on activities, tours, and cultural activities. They will be introduced to American Indian professionals in the health sciences and can interact with UW-Madison American Indian students who have successfully navigated pre-college and college programs.

Geared for native Middle School and High School students in our region, we are proud to announce this year's Virtual Indigenous Health and Wellness Day!

Cost: FREE


American Indian Science Scholars Program (AISSP) is a FREE college pathway program hosted by the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for Native American high-school students interested in fields of health, education, and American Indian culture.
AISSP will be held July 12-23!
Each day:
- Camp leaders will meet with students either in-person or online.
- There will be short classes or activities.
- Small assignments with end of the day check-in.
This year's activities include:
-DNA extraction and typing
- Day at the Pharmacy School
- Cruise on the Freshwater Sciences boat
- Water testing and density labs
- Learn about research studies
- Stargaze at the UWM Planetarium
- Tool-box kits for college success
- Cultural activities and more!!
Optional Weekend Activities:
- Kayak Trip and Picnic, Art Museum Trip, and/or Brewers Game!
(Travel Stipend Support Available)
- Free Swag!
- New school supplies and Chromebook you get to keep for participating!!!
If interested please apply at https://uwm.edu/eqi/narch-aissp/
For more information contact Azael Meza
Great Lakes Inter-Tribal Council

When: July 12-23, 2021

Cost: FREE


AISSP Application


Multiple sites within the MN, WI and MI area, throughout the Summer and Fall. Geared to Native American college students from Wisconsin, Michigan, and Minnesota entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year. The internship is a time of academic mentoring and summer research experiences during the undergraduate years. Students approved for this program will work with identified research mentors in paid research internships at selected universities and colleges. Students will have the opportunity to work closely with mentors on research projects that are directly addressing health issues in American Indian communities.

Students must complete an application process. Preference will be given to those students who have completed the American Indian Science Scholars Program.  Submit the following documents: Application, Letter of Interest, Community Involvement, College Transcript with GPA (unofficial copy accepted) and Writing Sample.

>Internship Flyer 2021

>Internship Application 2021

Great video post from GL NARCH Intern Jeneile Luebke!

Posted by Great Lakes NARCH (Native American Research Center for Health) on Friday, September 11, 2020


GL NARCH Intern Final Presentations 2020

4th Annual Tribal Environmental Health Summit

Through Our Eyes: Advancing Resiliency Through Research

Summer 2022 at Lake of the Torches Resort and Casino in Lac du Flambeau, WI

The 4th Tribal Environmental Health Summit (TEHS 2022) is expected to:

  1. Renew and solidify networks among researchers working on tribal environmental health issues and policy
  2. Increase stakeholders understanding of Tribal environmental health policy needs and goals
  3. Provide an opportunity for students to explore a variety of relevant career paths
  4. Provide a venue for discussing progress made in Tribal environmental health science and future directions
  5. Develop a summary of the best practices and needs for publication
  6. Showcase Tribal Environmental Health research projects through presentations and scientific posters

We also expect that the 4th TEHS will continue the trend of improving the relevance of Tribal Environmental Health Summits by incorporating the critiques and evaluations from the 3rd TEHS held in 2018.

Travel assistance funds available for speakers and native students. For more information and registration please contact Great Lakes Native American Research Center at 800-472-7207 or