Holistic and Upstream—Opportunities and Challenges for Tribes Using Legal and Policy Tools to Support Health Across Indigenous Communities

Concurrent Sessions 7: 1:00 pm – 2:15 pm, Thursday, September 23, 2021

This session explores examples of how Tribes and Tribal Entities are applying, or can apply, legal and policy tools to support health for their peoples across sectors. This session will highlight how Bemidji Area Tribes are applying policy to support breastfeeding across their communities; challenges and potential legal solutions for Tribes in providing healthcare services in Tribal jails; and the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium’s medical-legal partnership program’s work to address social determinants of health.


  • Julie Ralston Aoki, Director, Healthy Eating & Active Living Programs, Public Health Law Center


  • Carolyn (Carly) Camplain, Research Coordinator, Sr. & PhD Student, Northern Arizona University
  • Nikole Nelson, Executive Director, Alaska Legal Services