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Gray Gives Training on Tribal Codes Related to Elder Abuse

Apr 5, 2019

Jacque Gray, PhD
Jacque Gray, PhD

Jacque Gray, PhD, provided training for Native American tribes on how to set up tribal codes related to elder abuse. Her presentation was part of the Title VI Cluster Training in Durant, Oklahoma, March 24-27.

Gray is a research professor for the Department of Population Health and the associate director of the Center for Rural Health for indigenous programs at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. She also serves as the principal investigator for the National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative (NIEJI).

"Without the legal code, nothing can be enforced regarding elder abuse in native communities."

"When NIEJI began in 2011, there were only 40 tribes throughout the U.S. that had elder protection codes in their legal codes. A recent survey we conducted indicated that now 97 tribes have elder protection codes," Gray said. "Without the legal code, nothing can be enforced regarding elder abuse in native communities. The workshop completed at the Choctaw Nation in Durant was to give tribes a hands-on start and tools to write an elder protection code for their individual tribal codes."