Inter-Tribal Resources

The mission of the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley’s Inter-Tribal Resource Department is to Teach, Educate, Advocate, and Mentor (TEAM Approach) American Indian/Alaskan Native and others who want to learn more about the American Indian culture and Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley. The Inter-Tribal Resource also aims to restore the relationship between IHC and the community and prospective employees by improving our practice and everyday interactions with the community and among staff.


Talking Circle

Second Tuesday of each month from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm

Located in the IHC Administration Conference Room:

1211 Meridian Avenue, San Jose, CA

This Talking Circle focuses on various topics, approached from a respectful and appreciative place. Everything that is said, stays within that circle. This circle is meant to help people heal from within in a safe and respectful environment.

Community Circle

Second Thursday of each month from 1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

Located at the American Legion Hall

1504 Minnesota Avenue, San Jose, CA

These Community Circles bring the AI/AN community together through accessible, inter-generational activities. Many of the items that people make can be can be completed and taken home in the same day. We also offer card games, bingo with prizes, board games, various arts and crafts activities, as well as light snacks and refreshments.

Inter-Tribal Health Council

The Inter-Tribal Health Council meets every third Tuesday of the month. The council discusses what is happening at a national level, within our own agency, and in our community. These meetings give us direction as to what we should do to improve programs and services agency wide.

Town Hall

Each October the Indian Health Center hosts a Town Hall to hear feedback from the community. This is an opportunity for IHC staff to hear from our members, stakeholders, and community on how we can improve or agency or enhance it. There are special guest speakers that attend and give updates on national and state levels as well as other invited agencies. A meal is also provided for those that attend.

Seasonal Gatherings

The IHC celebrates three gatherings that take place in the Spring, Summer, and Fall of each year. These Gatherings bring people together to enjoy a meal. AI/AN community is invited, as well as IHC staff and its members. People meet with old friends and make new friends. We also have a raffle at the end of the night as well as contests for children and adults who can win prizes. Gatherings are on a First Come, First Serve basis with a maximum of 200 people.

Location and Hours

1211 Meridian Avenue, San Jose, CA

8:00 am – 5:00 pm

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get enrolled in my tribe?

Call or email your tribe and request a enrollment application.

For information on how to contact state and federal tribes, please visit AI/AN Patient Relations.


How do I start my genealogy?

Please visit AI/AN Patient Relations for information on how to get started with genealogy research.



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