The National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA) is preparing to launch a first of its kind online Elder resource directory for American Indian/Alaska Natives and the Aging Network called “Tribal Footprints.” The directory will be designed as an Elder-friendly website for searching critical health and social services and resources, categorized by tribal name, region and community service type. Twenty-seven Tribal Leaders have already agreed to participate in the much anticipated project, with more signing on weekly.
“We are honored and excited as this resource will also link and coordinate services with the Aging Network within and beyond the boundaries of Indian Country. It will serve as the first phase of our goal to become a National information and referral center for AI/AN Elders. We will be requesting financial support from our community and stakeholders to strengthen our advocacy and sustain the long term success of this project.” says Randella Bluehouse, Executive Director of NICOA, Inc.
Tribal Footprints is scheduled to launch later this year. More information can be found at www.nicoa.org/tribalfootprints.org/ or by contacting the Tribal Footprints Project Coordinator Rebecca Owl Morgan at 505-292-2001 ex. 28.
About NICOA, Inc.
NICOA, Inc. is a national nonprofit with the mission to advocate for improved comprehensive health, social services and economic wellbeing for American Indian and Alaska Native Elders. ###
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