Grant Team Moves Forward

Since the acceptance of the connections grant the team has been building it’s frame work, expectations, and timeline. As we phase into this next process of boards, coalitions, and committees our goals are to strengthen community resources and relationships. As well as to continue to grow our already established partnerships.
“Community engagement is a powerful vehicle for bringing about behavioral changes that will improve the health of our community and its members”.

Advisory Board

We are still asking for individuals interested in participating:
Native Connections Community Advisory Board

• Work on a community Suicide Prevention Plan
• Youth encouraged to participate ages 14-24
• Will meet monthly with the Native Connections Team at HIA

Interests or questions contact:
Samantha Vulles Outreach Coordinator @ 406-475-4765 or
Linda Kinsey Grant Director @


Montana launches new hotline to address COVID-19 struggles

December 1, 2020

HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A new counseling hotline is available to help Montana residents struggling

People can call 1-877-503-0833 to receive free and confidential counseling services from trained crisis counselors from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Monday through Sunday.

The stigma around mental health is no joke, but being open about our experiences can help. If you’re struggling today, we want you to know there is hope. Call the Montana Warmline.

Youth Program Activities

Want to learn to bead? Or would you like to have a place to chat while working on your current project? HIA’s youth team would like to invite you to our monthly virtual beading session. Platform will be via ZOOM, so you can bead in the comfort of your home. Email Samantha to be invited to a session.

  • If you are new to beading you can request a beading packet that will contain one beading projects materials. Again email Samantha to set up a pick up time in HIA parking lot.
  • This platform will occur once monthly, we can be flexible with time. So please indicate what day and time would work. We are shooting for the last Friday of the month in the evening. We look forward to sharing with you.

Samantha Vulles Youth Coordinator – 406-475-4765

Tobacco Prevention

In the American Indian Commercial Tobacco Program (AICTP), we understand the challenge you face in quitting commercial tobacco. We know the line between commercial and traditional tobacco has blurred. While many people are inspired to reclaim traditional tobacco use as sacred, it is hard quitting commercial tobacco. National Jewish Health, launched the AICTP as a specialized program in 2015. We have decades of experience operating quit lines and helping American Indians in the United States quit commercial tobacco. We have the right tools to help you quit commercial tobacco for good.
The AICTP is currently available in Colorado, Idaho, Iowa, Kansas, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Montana, Nevada, North Dakota, Pennsylvania, Utah, Vermont and Wyoming.

Choose a Plan

AICTP offers three programs. Choose the program best for you based on the type of communication and sup-port you need.

Phone + Online Coaching
Research shows people who use phone coaching services are more likely to quit than people who choose online-only options or try to quit on their own. Our Phone + Online program provides the most support — American Indian Coaches talk to you on the phone and use technology-based support, including email, text plus educational materials, quit progress tracking and access to an online community through our website.

Phone Coaching Only
Our Phone-Only program includes coaching over the phone and technology-based support including email and text. You’ll also receive educational materials by mail or email, a guide for developing your quit plan and help tracking your progress.

Online Coaching Only
When you select our Online Only program, you receive access to educational materials, quit planning, quit progress tracking and an online community, all through our website. You can go at your own pace using web-based interactive tools and resources.

What to Expect
Quitting commercial tobacco takes courage, time and community support. It can take several tries to quit for good and we will be here for each one. We help you with the physical, spiritual, mental and emotional factors that make quitting commercial tobacco hard. Our American Indian Coaches help you:

Set a quit date
Tell your family and support system about your quit attempt Prepare for cravings and triggers
Find the right quit medications
Get back on track after slips
Remove commercial tobacco from your life
Enroll online or by phone at 1-855.524.7848.


Self-care looks different for everyone. Yet we often times forget to take time for ourselves. Any activity that we deliberately do to take care of our mental, emotional, and physical health is self-care. Consistency could help many areas of your life. Some starting ideas could include: mindfulness, focusing on your breathing, monitoring your self-talk, and exercise. Set a time daily in your schedule and put your self-care into action.