Issues Related to the Health of American Indians and Alaska NativesEngaging Tribal Leaders in an American Indian Healthy Eating Project Through Modified Talking CirclesFleischhacker, Sheila PhD, JD; Vu, Maihan DrPH; Ries, Amy PhD; McPhail, Ashley BSAuthor Information Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention (Drs Fleischhacker and Vu) and Department of Nutrition (Dr Ries), University of North Carolina–Chapel Hill; and Cumberland County Health Department, Fayetteville, North Carolina (Ms McPhail). Correspondence: Sheila Fleischhacker, PhD, JD, Center for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention, University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC 27599 (email@example.com). This project would not have been possible without the support from Coharie Tribe, Haliwa-Saponi Indian Tribe, Lumbee Tribe, Meherrin Indian Tribe, Occaneechi Band of Saponi Nation, Sappony, and Waccamaw Siouan Tribe. We thank the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs; specifically, Gregory Richardson, Missy Brayboy, and Dr Robin Cummings. We greatly appreciate the time and thoughts shared by all Talking Circle participants. Our community liaisons and advisors were tremendous: Dr Ronny Bell, Tabatha Brewer, Sandra Bronner, Sherri Brooks, Randi Byrd, Candice Collins, Dorothy Crowe, Vivette Jeffries-Logan, Dr Clara Sue Kidwell, Eric Locklear, Tony V. Locklear, Faye Martin, Devonna Mountain, Julia Phipps, Marty Richardson, and John Scott-Richardson. Jason Evans crafted our Talking Stick. Support for this project was provided by Healthy Eating Research, a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) and a National Institute of Health (NIH) University of North Carolina Interdisciplinary Obesity Training Grant (T 32 MH75854-03). The content is solely the responsibility of the authors and does not necessarily represent the official views of the RWJF or NIH. Family & Community Health: July/September 2011 - Volume 34 - Issue 3 - p 202-210 doi: 10.1097/FCH.0b013e31821960bb Buy Metrics Abstract Frequently used in the American Indian (AI) community and proven to be a valuable tool in health research, a Talking Circle is a method used by a group to discuss a topic in an egalitarian and nonconfrontational manner. Using community-based participatory research, a modified Talking Circle format was developed for engaging tribal leaders in an American Indian Healthy Eating Project in North Carolina. The culturally informed formative research approach enabled us to garner project support from 7 tribes, as well as insights on developing planning and policy strategies to improve access to healthy eating within each of the participating communities. © 2011 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.