Cultural Events & Activities

Cultural Services:
An important part of our program is integrating cultural and traditional services into our treatment. We implement therapeutic and care coordination services that are culturally centered using a theoretically supported and practiced competencies that understand and appreciate diversity among and within American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) populations.


Some of the cultural activities that are provided to AI/AN clients either individually or as a group includes:

  • Beading
  • Drumming
  • Singing and Dancing
  • Language Classes
  • Sage Picking
  • Traditional Games and Crafts
  • Talking Circles
  • Individual Traditional Counseling
  • Equine Assisted Growth and Healing Services


Natives in the Now 2019

A terrific turnout of community members enjoyed the first annual Natives in the Now event at MacArthur Park on Sunday, August 18th. Together with a diverse crowd of supporters and friends, the joyous event featured a traditional opening prayer, a live drum performance by UAII community members Hale & Company,
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Representative Liz McNabb (center) expresses the unwavering support of Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris. From left to right, Workforce Director Rene Williams (Colville), Walking Shield Program Director Lynda Estrella Gonzales (Yaqui), McNabb, Walking Shield Executive Director Dr. John Castillo (Apache), and UAII Director of Development Joseph Quintana (Kewa Pueblo).

UAII Brings Workforce to Walking Shield in OC

Tuesday, July 16th marked a collaborative launch of the highly anticipated Workforce Development and Training Program, set to be delivered in Los Angeles County through United American Indian Involvement (UAII), and in Orange County through UAII subcontractor, Walking Shield of Costa Mesa. The event was well-attended by dozens of community members,
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UAII Unveils New Department Focused on a Brighter Economic Future

Thanking our Creator. It was a prayer that inaugurated one of the most innovative, groundbreaking events ever hosted in the Los Angeles American Indian community, as United American Indian Involvement (UAII) unveiled its new Workforce Development and Training Department. The program, overseen by Director Rene Williams (Colville), is set to
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UAII’s 5K Run for the Peoples

The future’s looking brighter for American Indians living in Los Angeles. Ever since the City Council voted to eliminate Columbus Day and replace it with Indigenous Peoples Day, Los Angeles American Indians have felt a growing sense of pride and contentment as fully recognized members of the greater Los Angeles
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