The Indigenous Center for Health, Culture and the Environment at Heritage University supports sustained community-based research and development, building regional and global partnerships to empower indigenous peoples.
To promote sustainable culturally vibrant communities in the Columbia Plateau Region and beyond, informing transformational practices through global indigenous exchange.
- To promote self-determined indigenous communities.
- To address community health inequities and promote well-being through interdisciplinary health research.
- To foster indigenous language and cultural revitalization through community-based initiatives.
- To support sustainable stewardship of natural resources through incorporation of Traditional Ecological Knowledge in research and education.
- To establish collaborative inter-tribal partnerships among the Columbia Plateau Tribes including the Yakama Nation and global indigenous communities.
- To advocate for educational access and success among indigenous community members through local, regional, and international initiatives.
- To host and sponsor seminars and workshops to address indigenous health, language, environmental issues and challenges.