The Native American Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders Collaborative is an initiative under development by the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) and the National Indian Health Board (NIHB). The Collaborative’s mission is to prevent Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders (FASD) among American Indians and Alaska Natives (AI/ANs) and to improve outcomes for AI/AN children and adults living with FASD.
NOFAS was established in South Dakota in 1990 largely in response to the devastating effects of prenatal alcohol exposure among the Sioux Tribes, including on the Pine Ridge Reservation where at the time one in four newborns was affected by prenatal alcohol exposure. Tragically, on the reservation today newborns are still at a disproportionately high risk for Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorders. Former Senator Tom Daschle, Linda Daschle and Tribal leader and activist Cecilia Fire Thunder were among the founding members of NOFAS determined to break the cycle of addiction and prenatal harm among at-risk populations.
NOFAS has a proud history in Indian country of working with Tribes and Tribal organizations and is now seeking Tribal, foundation, corporate, and government support for the Collaborative. View the full Collaborative description below, and contact Tom Donaldson at NOFAS for more information or to pledge your support.