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Creating Connection, Culture, Community and Resources for Tribal Foster Youth


Welcome Welcome to the Tribal STAR web site. Tribal STAR is a program of the San Diego State University School of Social Work, Academy for Professional Excellence.

This site is designed to provide technical assistance to tribes, tribal programs, county social workers working with Tribal foster youth and all others who work with Tribal youth. Please click here to request technical assistance.

See our calendar below for training, events, and funding information:

Tribal STAR Training Dates

Approximately 800 Tribal and non-Tribal professionals, leaders, public Human Service agency staff, regional training academy staff and university students have received training throughout the project. The training package provides up-to-date, research-based information in a variety of areas, including: the youth development philosophy, methods for collaboration, effective ways to work with rural populations, effective ways to work with Tribal rural foster youth and their communities, the Indian Child Welfare Act, and the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Act.

For more information regarding trainings in your area please contact technical assistance.

To register for one of the trainings below please contact:
Tina Kerrigan, Program Assistant, SACHS/LIA/TribalSTAR
Academy for Professional Excellence SDSU School of Social Work
Phone: (619) 594-8291 Fax: (619) 594-1118

TribalSTAR training

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
The revised ICWA training "ICWA: In The Best Interest of the Child: Where The Spirit Leads" is intended to provide today’s social workers with a foundation of knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

Next trainings:

December 19, 2014
Tier 2 Lineworker Core Callback class
Academy for Professional Excellence
6505 Alvarado Road, Suite 205 (training room)
San Diego, CA 92120

January 22, 2015
Tier 2 Lineworker Core Callback class
Orange TCD
1928 S. Grand Avenue, AB101
Santa Ana, CA 92705

February 20, 2015
Academy for Professional Excellence
6505 Alvarado Road, Suite 205 (training room)
San Diego, CA 92120

April 30, 2015
Tribal STAR Forum
Indian Health Council Multi-Purpose Room
50100 Golsh Road
Valley Center, CA 92082

May 8, 2015
San Diego Call Back ICWA
Academy for Professional Excellence
6505 Alvarado Road, Suite 205
San Diego, CA 92120

The Summit provides an overview of Native American culture, history, and distrust of government systems and services. The training include first-hand accounts of Tribal youth experiences receiving CWS services. Participants engage in collaborative brainstorming to support goals and objectives.The training allows organizations to focus on specific challenges and identify solutions.
The next training:TBA

Other Side of ICWA
The Other Side of ICWA is intended to address “the spirit of the law” and those concerns missing in traditional training that are essential for successful implementation of ICWA.
The next training: TBA

The Gathering provides an overview of Native American culture, history, and distrust of government systems and services. The training reviews the unique issues that affect adolescent development of Tribal youth. Participants engage in collaborative brainstorming. The Gathering provides first hand accounts of Tribal youth who have experienced receiving CWS services and basic communication techniques that support more trusting relations with Tribal youth and families.The training allows organizations to focus on specific challenges and identify solutions.
The next training: TBA

The Collaborative is an adapted half-day training designed to introduce Tribal and non- tribal child welfare workers to the challenges of serving Tribal foster youth. It covers a brief historical overview and concludes with recommendations that support increased communication and collaboration among providers that strive to achieve positive outcomes for Tribal youth.
The next training: TBA

Training for Trainers focus on skill building to lead cross-cultural discussions that result in positive outcomes. The training also helps participants learn how to conduct Tribal STAR training in their area. Topics covered in the training include cross-cultural communication, cultivating and maintaining trust-based relationships, and understanding how history affects today’s relationships between CWS and Tribal programs.
The next training:

Tribal Policy Information

BIA Superintendent at Spirit Lake Nation Takes Early Retirement
Read the story

The Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) issued a new Federal Register of Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Notice
August 1, 2012.
Here is the link to the new Federal Register:

Taos Land Trust Makes Historic Transfer of Sacred Site to Taos Pueblo
Published: July 17, 2012
The Ponce de León Hot Springs just south of Taos is a sacred site to Taos Pueblo and has been used by members of the tribe for ceremonial activities since time immemorial. In recent years, however, Taos Land Trust – a local land conservation organization – acquired the 44-acre property from private landowners to protect it from development. In an historic move, the land trust has now transferred legal ownership of the property to the Taos Pueblo Tribe, returning the site to its original indigenous owners.

Tribe to Operate Child Welfare Services
Released: June 2012, Vol. 13, No. 5
The Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe in Washington recently became the first Tribe in the nation allowed under new Federal rules to operate its own foster care, adoption, and other child welfare services. This shift in control over child welfare services is a result of the Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008.

NICWA: Current threats to ICWA
Since early January, the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) has been tracking an Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) case in South Carolina involving a Cherokee child. The sheer volume and bias of media coverage and the potential policy implications of the outcome of this case have led us to reach out to you to share information and enlist your support.
There are real threats to ICWA at our front door right now. Members of Congress on committees of jurisdiction are asking questions. We cannot afford to be quiet and hope this will disappear.
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For Immediate Release: Tribal STAR Response to Unwarranted Removal of Indian Children in Recent Media Coverage (PDF)
November 18, 2011
Contact: Rose-Margaret Orrantia,
Tribal STAR Program Manager,
In response to the recent reports and media (ABC’s 20/20 and NPR) surrounding the mal-treatment of American Indian children, it should be pointed out that there are numerous recent reports[1] that illuminate that this is not an isolated phenomenon. Indian children across the country continue to be subject to inappropriate and questionable removal and placed in non-tribal foster or adoptive homes. The Indian Child Welfare Act was passed to ensure Indian children remained connected to their families and cultural heritage. ICWA was passed in 1978 and the media reports show that we are not living up to our legal and moral responsibilities. The question is what can we do right now? Here are four directions that states, counties, and tribes may consider:

1. Use existing federal mechanisms to strengthen local response: The Federal Child and Family Services Review (2001) requires child welfare systems to engage with tribes to improve system performance. The Fostering Connections to Success Act (2008) requires that relatives and extended family members be identified for all children in the child welfare system. These mandates and other initiatives[2] can be used to strengthen cultural competence and appropriate engagement of county and state social workers when working with tribes and Native families. Simple steps such as training and communication with ICWA social workers can enhance the county and state social worker’s understanding of the prevailing cultural standards of the local tribes as required by ICWA. State and County child welfare improvement plans should include goals and objectives that increase ICWA-related training, and collaboration between states, counties, and tribes.

2. Improve proper placements and certify more AI/AN homes. Keeping a child connected to family and culture is supported by the Fostering Connections to Success Act through the identification of relatives and extended family members for possible placement. Additionally, states, counties, and tribes need to identify more American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) homes for children in care and support Tribal certification of homes. Encourage local child welfare directors and states to exercise the authority to grant exemptions when red flags occur because of old offenses. Research shows that AI/AN children who stay connected to their cultural heritage and extended families have more protective factors and exhibit more resilience than those placed with strangers while in the child welfare system.

3. Increase judicial support to effect ICWA outcomes. Courts have a key role in ensuring Native children are protected and the mandates of ICWA are followed. Courts need to require that inquiry and notice procedures are followed and ensure that tribal representation occurs at every ICWA-related hearing. We recommend that all judges and court personnel receive ICWA and cultural competency-related training in order to have a clear understanding of the historical and emotional context of the legislation. The current reality of depleted federal and state budgets leaves little room for additional resources to serve this population. However, it is to the benefit of every state, county, and tribe to identify every AI/AN child and link them to culturally appropriate services such as Title VII Indian Education (supports mentoring, tutoring for completion of primary and secondary education, and provides cultural restoration), Tribal TANF (temporary assistance for needy families), and some Tribal health services. When tribal children are identified and linked to these services the costs are shared, diffused, and ultimately reduced. Unfortunately the current funding mechanisms provide resources based on the number of children served by the system with few options for focusing on prevention. How can we reduce the number of children in our care when our system funds jurisdictions based on children in care?

4. Prevent new cases through collaboration and active efforts. Collaboration and authentic engagement with tribes and urban tribal communities needs to occur at federal, state, and local, levels to reduce the disproportionate representation of Native children in child welfare and prevent new cases from entering the system. Once an Indian child is identified, states, counties, and tribes should begin active efforts[3] to link the child and family to services and resources that can reduce risk and prevent the case from entering the child welfare system.

There are a number of promising and model programs that demonstrate collaboration and court involvement to achieve ICWA compliance. For more information go to the following websites:
· National Resource Center for Tribes:

· National Indian Child Welfare Association:

· National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges:

· American Indian Enhancement Project of California Toolkit:

Tribal STAR is a program of the Academy for Professional Excellence, SDSU School of Social Work, funded by the State of California Department of Social Services. Since 2003 Tribal STAR has provided training and technical assistance to Southern California Counties with a mission to ensure that American Indian/Alaska Native children remain connected to culture, community and resources. For more information go to

[1] Disproportionality Rates for Children of Color in Foster Care: National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges, California Disproportionality Report, and “An Unsettling Profile” Coalition of Communities of Color: Portland Oregon State University.
[2] Family to Family, Family Finding, Client Engagement, Signs of Safety, and Active Efforts.
[3] Indian Child Welfare Act : Pub.L. 95-608, 93 Stat. 3071, enacted November 8, 1978.

Elouise Cobell: "A great woman and a Blackfeet warrior,"

"Democratic U.S. Senators Jon Tester and Max Baucus, both of Montana, introduced legislation in early September to award Cobell the Congressional Gold Medal, which has yet to be ratified. “Hundreds of thousands of American Indians will benefit due to Elouise’s dedication to justice, fairness and the trust responsibility of the U.S. government,” Tester said at the time. “Elouise refused to take ‘No’ for an answer and her tireless pursuit represents the standard by which we should award historic honors like the Congressional Gold Medal.” "Tester offered the following statement after her passing: “Elouise Cobell was a star—truly a guiding light that will always lead the way for all Americans who fight for justice and fairness. Elouise’s tireless leadership set this nation on a new course, and what she accomplished reminds us that any person in any part of this country has the power to stand up and right a wrong, no matter how difficult it may be… Future generations will learn about Elouise Cobell’s legacy and they will be inspired to follow her lead. She will always be remembered as an American hero.”

U.S. Department of Justice Awards $880,493 to Central Council
September 29, 2011 The U.S. Department of Justice recently selected the Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska’s Tribal Court as a demonstration tribe to receive $880,493 in tribal justice assistance funds. Over the next three years, the Tribal Court will further its mission of supporting tribal families and protecting tribal children through its justice system by honoring ancestral teachings and culture....
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For more information regarding this award, please contact Judge David Avraham Voluck at 907.463.7347 or Eddie Brakes, Tribal Child Support Unit Manager, at 907. 463.7340 or toll free at 1.800.344.1432.
Contact: CCTHITA Tribal Court Judge David Avraham Voluck Direct: 907.463.7347
CCTHITA Tribal Child Support Unit (TCSU) Eddie Brakes, TCSU Manager Direct: 907.463.7340
Media Contact: Jodi Garrison, Office of the President Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
Edward K. Thomas Building 9097 Glacier Highway,
Juneau, AK 99801
Direct: 907.463.7123 Toll: 1.800.344.1432 ext. 7123

Good Morning Everyone, The President signed the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act on Friday [September 21, 2011] wich authorizes Court Improvement Program (CIP) funding and includes Tribal Court Improvement funding!
The Court Improvement funding is to support states and tribes in actions to: "increase and improve engagement of the entire family in court processes relating to child welfare, family preservation, family reunification, and adoption.’’. Here's the portion specifically related to tribes. (See pages 7-8) ....
Warm Regards,
Gina Gina Jackson, MSW Model Court Liaison
Permanency Planning for Children Department
National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges
50 West Liberty, Suite 300
Reno, NV 89501
Tel: (775) 784-7040 Fax: (775) 327-2393

Brown creates special advisor on tribal issues
Important to 18 San Diego County tribes
Michael Gardner, Reporter - State Politics
Monday, September 19, 2011 at 5:36 p.m.
Sacramento — Gov. Jerry Brown on Monday issued an executive order creating a new position of special advisor on Indian issues, a move that could elevate the influence of the 18 San Diego County tribes when it comes to setting state policy on contentious issues from land use to health care. The unpaid position has yet to be filled.

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008: H.R. 6893 / P.L 110-351 AB 212
Introduced January 31, 2011 by Assembly Member Beall. This Bill establishes provisions authorizing certain Kin-GAP recipients to continue to receive Kin-GAP aid after 18 years of age, if they are attending high school or vocational or technical training, as specified. Kin-GAP provides aid on behalf of eligible children who are placed in the home of a relative caretaker.

Kick-Off for the Permanency Innovations Initiative
The Permanency Innovations Initiative (PII), formerly known as the Initiative to Reduce Long-Term Foster Care (LTFC), aims to improve outcomes for subgroups of children who have the most serious barriers to permanency. Over the next 5 years, the Children's Bureau will invest $100 million in individual projects, technical assistance (TA), and site-specific and cross-site evaluation to test innovative approaches and develop knowledge about what works to improve outcomes for these children and youth. In his opening remarks at the grantee kick-off meeting in December, ACYF Commissioner Bryan Samuels stated that this is a Presidential initiative with high expectations, and Samuels charged the grantees with maintaining a laser focus on specific target populations at highest risk of languishing in the foster care system. One of the six grantees, The California Department of Social Services will convene a partnership of State, local, and nonprofit agencies in the four pilot counties of Fresno, Humboldt, Los Angeles, and Santa Clara to reduce LTFC for African-American and Native American youth.
More information: Karen Gunderson, Project Director


All County Information Notices (ACINs)
As discussed at the last ICWA Workgroup Meeting, the CDSS ICWA Unit is providing copies of the All County Information Notices (ACINs) related to the schedule and guides for the integration of prevention into the County Self Assessment (CSA) and System Improvement Plan (SIP). As we discussed, tribes and tribally associated organizations are encouraged to participate in the assessment and planning processes and can become informed on the process by reviewing the guides, which are available in the ACIN.
ACL Correction

ACL 11-09 (January 19, 2011)
Senate Bill (SB) 654 Independent Living Program (ILP) For Non-Related Guardianships
This All County Letter (ACL) is to notify counties of the passage of state legislation, SB 654 (Chapter 555, Statutes of 2010), which adds section 10609.45 to the W&IC and to explain and clarify the new ILP eligibility requirements for former dependents that have
been placed with non-related legal guardians, who meet the new eligibility criteria. The law is effective January 1, 2011. This is also explained in CFL 10/11-33.

Implementation Of Tribal Customary Adoption – Assembly Bill 1325 (Chapter 287, Statutes of 2009)
The California Department of Social Services has recently posted the following document(s) on its Internet website:
ACL 10-47 (October 27, 2010)

More Tribal Customary Adoption information: TribalSTAR

Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee Established
In a letter released October 7, 2010, HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced the establishment of a new Secretary's Tribal Advisory Committee (STAC). The STAC signals a new level of attention to Government-to-Government relationship between HHS and Indian Tribal Governments.

Agency Announcements and Conferences

2oth Traditional Indian Health Gathering
May 23 and 24, 2015
Honoring Culture and Wellness

San Pasqual Reservation Gathering
Peon and Bird Singers

June 20, 2015
Valley Center, California

Celebrating 30 Years of the California Indian Conference
30th Annual California Indian Conference

University of California, Berkeley
October 15-17, 2015
Call for Individual Papers, Organized Panels, and Forum Discussions
Due June 19, 2015
Please send proposals and inquiries to

National Indian Justice Center 2015 Training
For more details on these training sessions see the National Indian Justice Center Website

May 6-8, 2015
Reno, NV
Grant Writing—Proposal Writing for Tribal Personnel
Federal Indian Law

May 12- June 2, 2015
CTAS Area 4 Webinar Series
Correctional Facilities on Tribal Lands Training and Technical Assistance

July 8-10, 2015
Reno, NV
NAGPRA and Related Laws
Improving Tribal Courts

August 16-19, 2015
InterContinental, Dallas
The 41st NOVA Conference

September 2-4, 2015
New Orleans, LA
ICWA, ASFA and Title IV-E
Tribal Grant Administration

December 9-11, 2015
Las Vegas, NV
Protecting Sacred Sites and Monitoring Cultural Resources
Federal Indian Law

National Indian Justice Center Announcements
Diane J. Humetewa was confirmed as U.S. District Judge for District of Arizona. Join us in congratulating Diane J. Humetewa as the first Native American woman to be confirmed as a Federal Judge.

Department of Justice Releases Second Report to Congress on Indian Country Investigations and Prosecutions

Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Online Training Course

Interior Signs Agreements with Three Additional Tribal Nations to Reduce Fractionation in Indian Country

OVC Launches Helping and Lending Outreach Support Strategy Toolkit

Washington Redskins Have Trademark Revoked, U.S. Patent and Trademark Office Calls Name ‘Disparaging’

Affordable Wireless Broadband for Rural Libraries

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s has a new resource, Planning and Implementing Screening and Brief Intervention for Risky Alcohol Use: A Step-by-Step Guide for Primary Care Practices.

The "What's New" section of the California Dependency Guide website contains select items posted on the website with a focus on topical items, key publications, and new and emerging topics.
California Dependency Online Guide

Holder Announces ICWA Intitiative
Department of Justice, Interior, and HHS tow work together to address systemic violations

Tribes Now Able to Apply for Background Check Capabilities Outlined in SB1460 - Foster/Adoptive Homes
Click Here for application pursuant to state statute
Click here for tribal background check stature changes

President’s FY2016 Indian Affairs Budget Requests $2.9 Billion to Support Tribal Self-Determination, Strengthen Native American Communities

National Indian Justice Center Training Manuals, videos, codes and guidebooks and other merchanidise is avilable by going to their online store. Please also see the order form.

Notice of Funding Availability
Foster Grandparent and Senior Companion Grants Open to Federally-recognized Indian Tribes
Application Deadline: Thursday, May 14, 2015, 5:00 p.m. ET. Successful applicants will be notified in August 2015.

May 19, 2015. That's your deadline to become a part of ICWA history. The BIA has proposed the first-ever set of substantive ICWA regulations aimed at creating more protection for Native children and families. NICWA is asking you to make your voice heard during the 60-day comment period that ends May 19, 2015. Now is your chance to weigh in on the issues related to ICWA that matter most to you and your family.

Native American Museum Studies Institute:
A Professional Development Opportunity for Tribal Museum Professionals
June 9-12, 2015
See the website for application.

Lifesavers Conference Student Scholarship Opportunities & Call for Posters
See application her for the Lifesavers National Conference on Highway Safety Priorities, the premiere gathering of traffic safety professionals in the nation will take place March 15-17, 2015 in Chicago at the Hyatt Regency.

NICWA Testimony to UN Convention Yields Progress and Early Commitments
View the NICWA Report

Improving Federal Protections for American Indian and Alaska Native Children and Families
Notice of Public Rulemaking on AFCARS:

Oglala Sioux v. Van Hunnick Decided in Favor of Tribes, ICWA and Due Process Violations
The link to the Turtle Talk post about this decision is here:

Casa De Amparo
The Young Parent Network is a program designed
to address the needs of pregnant and parenting
teens and young adults ages 21 and younger who
are struggling with the emotional, financial and
personal demands of being a parent.
Michelle Colarusso, LCSW
Phone: 760-453-2300 x 208
3355 Mission Avenue, #238 • Oceanside, California 92058
Flyer: Casa de Amparo Young Parent Network

Phone: 760-754-5500 • Tax ID #95-3315571

First Place for Youth
Building a foundation for life after foster care
Executive Summary

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Museum of Tolerance
The Museum of Tolerance has a grant specifically for San Diego based middle/high school students that provides funding for tours of the museum. Museum of Tolerance.

Native American Congressional Internships
Internship information
Program information

Neighborhood House is providing a Head Start Program with free or low cost child care.
Click here for the flyer in:

Strategies eNewsletter August 2014

Strategies Technical Assistance Available — Apply Now!
Technical Assistance: Increasing the Effectiveness of Services and Practice for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect

Tribal Law and Policy Institute
Event Coordinator Position Open
14th National Indian Nations Conference Event Coordinator
See job announcement for details

Volunteer to work with Foster Youth
become a Strategic tutor or a Volunteer driver
In any given year, there are nearly 7,000 students in foster care in San Diego County Of these youth, 26-40% of them are likely to repeat one or more grades, due to frequent placement changes and instability in their lives.
More information:
San Diego County Office of Education
Randolph E. Ward, County Superintendent of Schools
Student Services and Programs Division
Student Support Services Department
Foster Youth Services and Homeless Education Programs Unit
Contact: (858)503-2630 or (858)503-2639
Or email


Link to For Immediate Release: Tribal STAR Response to Unwarranted Removal of Indian Children in Recent Media Coverage

Please forward additional agency announcements and conferences to The above links are provided as a courtesy for those seeking additional information. Providing access to the links does not constitute an endorsement of the contents of the web sites.

Community Events

Strong Hearts Native Society and the Quechan Nation invite you to attend the:
San Pasqual Valley Unified School District 35th Annual Pow Wow
March 6-8, 2015

San Diego Native American Pow Wow
May 9-10, 2015
Balboa Park - Park Blvd and President's Way

Street Yoga
Street Yoga is a non-profit organization that teaches yoga, mindful breathing, and compassionate communication to youth and families ads their caregivers struggling with homelessness, poverty, abuse addiction, trauma and behavioral challenges so they can grow stronger, heal and create for themselves a life that is inspired, safe and joyful.

Please forward additional Community Events to The above links are provided as a courtesy for those seeking additional information. Providing access to the links does not constitute an endorsement of the contents of the web sites.

Current Funding Opportunities

NASW Birdwoman Native American Social Work Student Scholarship Application Open

NASW CA will provide up to ten $1,000 scholarships to Native American undergraduate or graduate social work students in California. This is the second year of the program and previous awardees are not eligible to apply. Graduate and undergraduate students must be enrolled in a Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) accredited school of social work in California. If applying as an undergraduate, you must be in your senior year with a declared social work major.

OVC FY 2014 Tribal Victim Assistance
Professional Development Fellowship Program

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to announce that it is now accepting applications under the OVC FY 2014 Tribal Victim Assistance Professional Development Fellowship Program solicitation.

This is an opportunity for individuals (organizations are not eligible to apply) to execute the development of training, technical assistance, public awareness, and other informational resources to meet the needs of victim service providers and allied practitioners who serve crime victims in American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities. Applicants must demonstrate the knowledge and skills to successfully leverage and facilitate access to public and private programs and services for AI/AN victims of crime. The project will focus on coordinating and communicating with key federal, state, and victim service stakeholders. Preference is for applicants who can demonstrate experience relevant to the unique demands of working with tribal communities and associations. OVC will support one fellowship of $200,000 for 12 months to close gaps in services to, and meet the needs of, AI/AN crime victims.

Applications must be submitted by June 2, 2014, through Applicants are encouraged to begin the application process well in advance of the deadline. For technical assistance with submitting an application, contact Customer Support Hotline by telephone at 800-518-4726 or 606-545-5035, or via e-mail to

ACF is seeking individuals from Native American communities to serve as grant reviewers and help shape decisions that affect Indian country. ACF funds hundreds of grants for Tribes every year, and reviewers play an important role in the grant review process. Reviewers receive financial compensation and training. They also have the opportunity to network with other grant reviewers and Federal program staff.

Smithsonian Institution: Native American Awards Program
Deadline(s): For Summer (to begin after June 1): February 1
For Fall (to begin after October 1): February 1
For Spring (to begin after January 1): October 1
DESCRIPTIONS: Please write for applications to the following:
Native American Community Scholar Awards
Appointments in residence at the Smithsonian are awarded to Native Americans who are formally or informally related to a Native American community, to undertake projects on a Native American subject and utilize the Native American resources of the Institution.
Native American Visiting Student Awards
Appointments are available for currently enrolled advanced Native American graduate students who are formally or informally related to a Native American community. Visiting Students pursue independent research in association with Smithsonian staff.
Native American Internship Awards
Internships in residence at the Smithsonian are awarded to undergraduate and graduate Native American students who are formally or informally related to a Native American community, to participate in research or museum activities related to Native American studies for periods of 10 weeks.

Minority Student Internship program
Graduate students interested in pursuing independent research should apply for the 10-week Graduate Student Fellowship or the Predoctoral Fellowship Program.

Frances Crawford Marvin American Indian Scholarship

The American Indians Committee of National Society, Daughters of the American Revolution, awards scholarships to help Native American students of any age, any tribe, in any state striving to get an education. Bases of awards are financial need, academic achievement.

Deadline: Annually January
DESCRIPTION: The purpose of the Daddy Longlegs Scholarship is to provide financial assistance to young adults who are or have been through the foster care system. The goal of the fund is to offer them some of the support they would have received from a traditional family.
More information: The San Diego Foundation
2508 Historic Decatur Rd., Ste. 200
San Diego, CA 92106 USA Scholarship Link:


Lannan Foundation Program Number: 01742
DESCRIPTION: Support is provided for programs in the contemporary visual arts; literary arts; and projects in indigenous communities to support the resolve of Native people to renew their communities through their own institutions and traditions. More information: or

Onaway Trust
DESCRIPTION: The sponsor has a central focus on assisting Indigenous Cultures, particularly Native Americans. Organizations may apply for support with their projects that benefit: indigenous peoples; environmental health; education; animal welfare.
More information:

Starbucks Youth Action Grant
DESCRIPTION: grants to organizations that provide training to young people to develop necessary skills and knowledge to incubate ideas, identify and assess community needs, create a plan of action, execute a plan and evaluate outcomes against goals; build ongoing leadership capacity and long term engagement of young people; communicate young peoples' success stories through various media (print, video, web based). More information:

Strategies for Treatment of Young Adults with Alcohol Use Disorders
DESCRIPTION: Grants to support new research on the treatment of young adults (18-25 years of age) with alcohol use disorders. More information:

No cost technical assistance to youth mentoring and other youth serving organizations is now available!
Jerry Sherk and Judy Strother Taylor are two top national experts in working with mentoring and other youth development programs. They are both experienced trainers and authors, and they have also headed technical assistance for various national mentoring initiatives. Along the way, Judy and Jerry have worked with several hundred individual youth serving programs; they can help start-up operations, as well as with established efforts. For the past few years Judy and Jerry have provided services together under their business, Mentor Management Systems.
More information:
Email: Jerry Sherk (760) 525-4984 OR

Judy Strother Taylor (310) 990-3911

Free Classes & Low Cost Services through Grant Writing Specialists to assist in answering RFPs for programs addressing Tribal Foster Youth
4281 Lowell Street, Suite 19 La Mesa, CA 91941-6061 619•460•2738 619•567•4168

More information: Grant Writing Website

Report Describes OJJDP's Efforts To Improve the Lives of At-Risk Tribal Youth

Please forward additional Funding-grant Writing resources to The above links are provided as a courtesy for those seeking additional information. Providing access to the links does not constitute an endorsement of the contents of the web sites.

Funding Information

Archstone Foundation

Change Makers

Foundation Center

Foundation Consortium

Fundsnet Services Online

Grant Writing Specialists

Nonprofit Guides

Nonprofit Management Solutions

Orangewood Foundation

Stuart Foundation

Techsoup (Technology for Non-profits)

Tides Foundation

Youth Transition Funders Group

Zellerbach Foundation

Other Resources

Internet Resource for American Indian and Native American news, information and entertainment resource.

Please forward additional Funding-grant Writing resources to The above links are provided as a courtesy for those seeking additional information. Providing access to the links does not constitute an endorsement of the contents of the web sites.


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