Aseto’ne Network Project

Aseto’ne Network Project

The Aseto’ne Network Project is a broad multi-institutional initiative designed to coordinate outreach, education and mentoring services provided by the nation’s 36 Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs). This initiative is a collaboration between AIHEC and the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). In the Cheyenne language Aseto’ne refers to the context of growth and taking first steps. Thus, our project will provide the necessary steps and support infrastructure to guide students into research careers and a brighter future. The project partners will establish and promote interest and engagement in bio-medical research among students attending tribal colleges. The project will establish a networked community of faculty and students involved in activities that develop students’ academic and research-specific skills and promote an understanding of what is required to be a successful researcher. Most important, the project will reinforce in students the confidence in their ability to pursue a successful career research. The project has three aims that include outreach, mentoring and academic enhancement and personal development.



TCU Conclave: Embedding Behavioral Health/Health-Related Research Knowledge & Skills into the Curriculum

The Tribal Colleges and Universities recognize the importance of Native communities seeking answers to their health-related concerns. They also value their role in developing researchers in health-related research disciplines to seek answers.


Mentoring Program for TCU Students: Brochure
How to become a mentor: Mentor Information Form
How to connect with a mentor: TCU Student Mentee Information Form
Mentoring Program: Guide for Mentors


Aseto’ne Webinar Series

The Aseto’ne Network Project Webinar Series is for TCU students who want to learn more about various topics related to biomedical and health research, academic programs and careers. We are pleased to provide previous webinars to be utilized by TCU students, faculty and staff as an educational and/or informational resource. The webinars will be available for a limited time on this page. Any questions can be directed to Project Coordinator Darryl Monteau.

Environmental issues of Coal and Economic Development for the Northern Cheyenne and Other Tribal Nations
Corey Welch, PhD, Northern Cheyenne, is currently director of the STEM Scholars Program at Iowa State University and also currently serves on the SACNAS Board of Directors. Dr. Welch is committed to assisting students interested in STEM. He has his doctorate in biology and has conducted research and taught courses on environmental issues.

Pathway to the PhD: From Academics to Health Research to Professional Career
Dr. Anitra Warrior is Ponca and a licensed psychologist. She attended Little Priest Community College in Nebraska and after graduation attended the University of Nebraska-Lincoln where she received her BA in psychology and MA and PhD in counseling psychology. She is very connected to her culture and tribal community and strives to create a system of care that promotes holistic healing.

Insights into Graduate School and the Brain-Specific Scaffold Protein Sh2B1 and Its Rare-Obesity –Associated Variants
Dr. Ray Joe, Navajo, completed his Bachelor of Science degree in biology from the University of New Mexico. He obtained a PhD in cellular and molecular biology from the University of Michigan and is currently a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Michigan where he continues to research the mechanisms of the obesity-associated adaptor protein SH2B1 in neurons responsible for feeding behavior. As a scientist, he hopes to bring scientific concepts and cultural awareness together on the Navajo reservation to enhance the health and prosperity of his tribe and community.

Sacred Wisdom: A Psychosocial Approach to Research in the Health Sciences
Tommy K. Begay, PhD, a clinical assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Arizona, shares neurophysiological impact of adverse childhood experiences and the body’s potential for wellness, healing and resilience, utilizing Sacred Wisdom and psychosocial health.

Impact of Unresolved Trauma in Indian Health and Higher Education
Donald Warne, MD, MPH, a member of the Oglala Lakota tribe in Pine Ridge, SD, is director of Indians into Medicine; associate dean of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion; and professor in the Department of Family & Community Medicine at the University of North Dakota School of Medicine & Health Sciences. Presentation


Native American Undergraduates Explore Careers in Biomedical Research
The Aseto’ne Network Project Summer Institute, a collaboration between AIHEC and the University of Nebraska Medical Center, is a multi-institutional initiative designed to expand health research outreach, education and mentoring services at the nation’s 35 accredited TCUs. Indian Country Today

The AIHEC Aseto’ne Institute

The AIHEC Aseto’ne Institute was a 10-day personal development and research experience program experience hosted by UNMC and focused on encouraging students to consider and pursue a professional career in a biomedical field.

The Institute recruited TCU students interested in health research and professions. TCU students learned about opportunities and experiences available to them in the area of health research.
AIHEC Aseto’ne Institute Program
AIHEC Aseto’ne Institute Participant Guide

Project Pls/Administration/Staff

Advisory Committee

  • Dr. Priscilla Sanderson, Associate Professor, PI, Center for American Indian Resilience, Northern Arizona University
  • Dr. Mark Bauer, Faculty, Summer Research Enrichment Program, Diné College
  • Dr. Francine Gachupin, Assistant Professor, Assistant Director, Cancer Disparities Institute, University of Arizona
  • Dr. Jennie Joe, Professor (Retired), Director, Native American Research and Training Center, University of Arizona

Contact Information

121 Oronoco Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Deborah His Horse is Thunder, Project Director
Darryl Monteau, Project Coordinator