Death Scene Investigation

Death Scene Investigation Training of Native American Tribes

In 2013, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention funded the National Center to design and conduct infant death scene investigation training for the Navajo Nation in partnership with the New Mexico Office of the Medical Examiner and the International Association for Indigenous Aging.  The training was hugely successful; more than 80 tribal law enforcement, social services, death investigators, Emergency Medical Services (EMS) providers and a team from the FBI attended, attendees were from Navajo and other tribes in New Mexico and Arizona.  Many attendees told the trainers that this was the first time they had learned about the dangers of unsafe infant sleep.  As one patrol officer said, “This was an investigation training but for me it felt like a prevention training.  I’m going to change the way my family puts our babies to sleep.” The CDC next funded the Center to conduct two similar trainings to be held with 2 tribes in Alaska.