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To initiate discussions on healthy eating and research engagement with tribal leaders, the NC Commission of Indian Affairs suggested that we host Talking Circles.  Frequently used in the American Indian community, a Talking Circle is a method used by a group to discuss a topic in an egalitarian and non-confrontational manner.  Seven tribes in North Carolina allowed us to host a Talking Circle and, through this process, move forward with the American Indian Healthy Eating Project:

We did not examine food access within the four urban Indian organizations in North Carolina since there is relatively low American Indian concentration residing in these areas.