NATI cultivates traditional teachings and cultural values to promote wellness and healing.
Native American Training Institute (NATI) will create opportunities for individuals to be motivated in achieving their fullest potential through education and skills to address substance use disorder, trauma informed care, and the social
determinants of health. These skills will shape the future by preserving our heritage through discovery, with a focus on resiliency to strengthen and reconnect families
by building capacity, infrastructure and resources.
Native American Training Institute (NATI) provides a professional learning environment and network
that enhances the individual’s cultural identity and values of their respective communities for optimal
healing and growth.
NATI increases equitable pathways to on-going continuing education for cultural care providers, and multi-disciplinary professionals (including, but not limited to: Peer Support, Behavioral Health Services, Substance Use Disorder, Social Services, Public Safety, and Law Enforcement) integrating a strong cultural treatment modality for youth, individuals, families, and veterans.
In 1974, American Indian Training Institute, Inc. was established in Sacramento, California by David Vallo, President and his wife, Maxine and set on a crusade to bring a one of a kind Indian School to Native American communities working in the field of Alcohol Addictions and Substance Use/Abuse and Other Behavioral Health Related Issues. Mr. Vallo’s vision was to assist Native Americans to live a sober and prosperous life.
And as years went on the vision changed to training Service Providers to become skilled therapists in their field of work. For 34 years Mr. Vallo diligently prepared each year to be a unique Annual School for all who participated annually whether it was for personal growth or certification or re-certification for their profession.In 2010, after announcing retirement, Mr. Vallo handed down the school to those who were as committed as he was. Patrick Trujillo and Marie Kirk continued Mr. Vallo's legacy with the annual school in 2011 with a new corporation, Board of Directors and Planning Committee to continue the only school of its kind devoted to addressing alcohol and substance use/abuse prevention, intervention and treatment from a distinctly Native American perspective.
Incorporated in 2010, the Native American Training Institute, Inc. (NATI) provides and elevates behavioral health professionals, addiction counselors, social workers and other mental health representatives through quality education, training, and professional development programs. NATI’s annual school continues promote wellness, healing, prevention, intervention, treatment, recovery through traditional Native American values. Founded in 1974 as the American Indian Training Institute, AITI was established to promote sobriety and prosperity within Native American communities, thus expanded into a training and education program for skilled therapists.
Upon retirement of AITI’s founder, David Vallo, the organization evolved into
the Native American Training Institute.