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The Kathryn M. Buder Center for American Indian Studies conducts research and engages in policy development that directly impacts Indian Country.

For over 20 years the Buder Center has been a premier graduate research center in the field of social work. The Center has and continues to produce publications, host national meetings, conduct literature reviews on various Native issues, and present its work at national conferences.

Since 1997, the Buder Center has been engaged in community-based research projects in Indian Country. These projects have produced findings which have been shared with key policymakers and have informed the public policy debate. The Buder Center’s research in the areas of welfare reform, Indian Child Welfare Act implementation, and tribal access to Title IV-E foster care and adoption funds are only a few examples of research that has been discussed at congressional hearings and ultimately used to guide the drafting of legislative proposals.

In partnership with the Center for Social Development (CSD) at the Brown School of Social Work the Buder Center began its work on assets and asset building in Native communities in 2001. As a result of this partnership, the Buder Center has become a well-known and trusted Native-focused intermediary organization for promoting research on asset-building initiatives in Native communities and has produced numerous publications regarding its findings.

Further, the Buder Center offers its Scholars opportunities to be a part of the research process or lead a research project.  A considerable number of Buder Scholars have been exposed to Native research, including tailoring research initiatives to suit the needs of Native communities, conducting in-depth literature reviews, and assisting the Buder Center in current initiatives, to name a few.