Coahuiltecan Language Program
AIT-SCM is helping the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation to revitalize their ancestral language, Coahuilteco, and are on the threshold of bringing it back from extinction.

In 1999, the Tap Pilam began to research and develop the tools to implement a formal language program. AIT-SCM is applying to various foundations to fund a five-year plan to implement this program. The program will establish periodic and eventually year-round workshops and classes on the Coahuiltecan language and eventually house all language activities in an AIT-SCM owned facility.

Health Related Research

“Exploring Perceptions of Risk & Protective Factors for Type 2 Diabetes Among Young native American Indian males” : A CBPR Project

The American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions (AIT-SCM) and the MESA Center for Health Disparities have recently established a formal partnership. The mission and objectives of this partnership are to initiate and conduct research projects determined as relevant by the Texas Mission Indian community in San Antonio, to ensure that the research projects are sensitive and responsive to community needs and are supported by the community, to encourage research training of community members, and to expose the community to academic research methods and results, thereby assisting them in setting their own research priorities. The purpose of this Community- Based Participatory Research (CBPR) project proposed by the AIT-SCM is to contribute to the growing body of knowledge aimed at reducing health disparities by exploring the perceptions of the urban Native American male youth in South Texas about their risk for obesity and diabetes and how they believe their cultural traditions may protect and/or increase their risk for obesity and diabetes. This formative research study will use ethnographic methods consisting of focus groups and field observations. A sample of 20 urban Native American youth, living in socially and economically deprived areas in and around San Antonio will be recruited through local Pow-Wows, or Native American Indian contemporary social gatherings. The specific aims are: (1) to describe the perceptions of these young males about their risk behaviors and protective behaviors regarding obesity and diabetes, (2) to characterize the socioeconomic and cultural issues that these young men perceive put them at risk for and/or protect them from obesity and diabetes, and (3) to identify their perspectives on strategies for helping youth such as themselves avoid obesity and diabetes.

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