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July / August 2017 Issue


Tribal STAR Judicial Advisors Set Goals for 2017
On June 16, 2017 the Tribal STAR Judicial Advisors discussed current issues affecting ICWA compliance and implementation. The recent California ICWA Compliance Task Force Report to the California Attorney General’s Bureau of Children’s Justice 2017 and the 2016 published ICWA regulations issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs factored in the discussion. The following goals were put forth at the Judges’ Dinner:

  1. Create ICWA champions within the courts.
  2. Support appointment of counsel for Tribes.
  3. Ensure ICWA training take place in the context of history and with an emphasis on current child welfare best practices.
  4. Encourage agencies, including county counsel and law offices, to identify individual ICWA experts within their organization or create ICWA specialty units.


Our Judicial Advisory Board includes:

Abby Abinanti, a Yurok, is a graduate of Humboldt State College and the University of New Mexico School of Law.  Admitted in 1974, Judge Abinanti was the first tribal woman admitted to the California State Bar.  She is also one of the very few attorneys practicing tribal child welfare law since prior to the 1978 enactment of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Judge Abinanti has recently focused on creating tribal justice systems that reflect tribal values which has been documented in the recent film by MakePeace Productions: Tribal Justice. http://www.makepeaceproductions.com/tribaljustice/

Leonard Edwards is a retired judge working as a consultant, educator, and trainer. A graduate of Wesleyan University (1963) and The University of Chicago Law School (1966), Judge Edwards served as a Superior Court Judge in Santa Clara County for 26 years; in juvenile court for over 20 of those years, and then for six years as Judge-in-Residence at the Center for Families, Children & the Courts, a division of the California Administrative Office of the Courts. Judge Edwards has been very active training and publishing. See “Why Should Indian Children Be Treated Differently? A National Conversation on ICWA and the New Regulations, 2016” http://www.nijc.org/pdfs/NACTF/Guardian2016v38n06.pdf

William A Thorne, Jr. is a Pomo/Coast Miwok Indian from northern California enrolled at the Confederated Tribes of the Graton Rancheria.  He graduated from the University of Santa Clara and Stanford Law School.  He practiced law for several years at Echo Hawk & Thorne, specializing on Federal Indian Law.  In 1979, Thorne began his service as a tribal judge at the Ute Mountain Ute Tribal Court.  Since then, he has served many tribes as a tribal judge in Utah, Idaho, Colorado, New Mexico, Arizona, Nevada, Montana, Wisconsin, Washington, Michigan, and California. After 14 years as a state trial judge, he was appointed in 2000 to the Utah Court of Appeals where he served until retiring in 2013. Judge Thorne is the recipient of the 2016 Distinguished Service Award from the National Center for State Courts.

Juan Ulloa has a law degree from University of California, Los Angeles, and a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Anthropology and Mexican American Studies from UC Riverside. He was the Presiding Judge of the Family and Juvenile Court in Imperial County from 2008 to December 2012. In this role, he helped to establish the Court Appointed Special Advocates Program and the Imperial County Peer Court. He is a member of the California State Court-Tribal Courts Forum and has been working to improve communication with Tribal Courts. Judge Ulloa is a 2015 recipient of the SDSU Cesar Chavez Lifetime of Service Award.



A Few Spaces Left – Tribal STAR Skill Building T4T for ICWA Trainers
August  4th is the Deadline to Register!!  To view a full size flyer click here or on the image below.


Center for Tribes Launches New App for Tribal Governments and Leaders
Center for Tribes excited to announce that our most downloaded product, the ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders, is now available as an app! Designed for tribal leaders, this responsive web application can be added to your home screen for easy offline access.

ICWA guide app
For more information please visit here.



Documentary – “Tribal Justice” to be Shown in PBS’s POV on August 21, 2017
For who have been waiting to see “Tribal Justice”, the documentary about two Native American judges reach back to traditional concepts of justice in order to reduce incarceration rates, foster greater safety for their communities and create a more positive future for youth. By addressing the root causes of crime, they are modeling restorative systems that are working.
For more information and local listings visit here.


Documentary – “Missing Threads: The Story of the Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act”

This documentary examines the impact of this phenomenon and the drafting, enacting and implementation of the Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act. A culture deprived of its children will not survive. Yet at one point in our nation’s history an alarming number of Native children were removed from their homes and placed with non-Native foster and adoptive homes, damaging the thread connecting the child and their culture.



See Rebecca Clarren’s article in The Nation: “How America Is Failing Native American Students”
In public schools across the country, American Indian and Alaska Native students are more likely to be suspended than any other racial group, with the exception of African Americans. According to a 2015 report by the University of California at Los Angeles’s Center for Civil Rights Remedies, Native students are disciplined at roughly two times the rate of their white peers. And though they represent approximately 1 percent of the student population, they account for 2 percent of all school arrests and 3 percent of all incidents referred by school staff to law enforcement, according to 2014 data collected by the National Congress of American Indians.
To read the article in its entirety please visit here.



New Indian Law Articles Available
Papers from UC Irvine School of Law, “American Colonialism and Constitutional Redemption”, Thomas Jefferson School of Law, “Indian Sovereignty, General Federal Laws, and the Canons of Construction: An Overview and Update” , Texas Tech University School of Law and Texas Tech University School of Law, “Indigenizing Equality”, are now available.



Judicial Commitment to ICWA Implementation
The Focus of 6th Annual Judges’ Dinner
Momentum and commitment were shared at this year’s annual Judges’ Dinner at the Pala Tribal Administration Building, June 16, 2017. Many advances have been made across the country and this year attendees had a chance to learn about these efforts. The Tribal STAR Judicial Advisory Board met earlier that day to discuss a strategic plan for the upcoming year. Updates were provided by Casey Family Programs, California Indian Legal Services, County of Imperial/Quechan Tribal CASA, Intertribal Court of Southern California, Tribal STAR: Successful Transitions for Adult ReadinessJudicial Council of California, and National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges. This year the National American Indian Court Judges Association was inducted as a new partner.

The honorees this year included Pala Band of Mission Indians Chairman Robert Smith for his historic and on-going commitment to California Tribal Families. Greg Rose, Deputy Director of CDSS and Melinda Iremonger, Training Curriculum Specialist at CalSWEC were honored for supporting the California Core 3.0 curriculum ICWA: Working with Native American Families and Tribes. Laura Schott, San Bernardino County Children and Family Services was honored for her efforts to collaborate with tribes. Hon. Becky Dugan, Presiding, accepted the honor for the Superior Court of Riverside County for their diligent commitment to engagement and collaboration with Native Families and Tribes.


This year’s dinner was co-hosted by Pala Band of Mission Indians, along with Casey Family Programs and Tribal STAR, a program of the Academy for Professional Excellence SDSU School of Social Work.

Phil Powers, Cherokee, Tribal STAR Elder, played a special song this year for the honorees. He wrote it especially for the dinner, it is entitled “Monday’s Child”.  You can view the words here.



7th Generation Workgroup to Reduce Disproportionality Expands
San Bernardino County Child and Family Services co-hosted the 7th Generation Workgroup on June 1. It was a chance to learn how San Bernardino manages ICWA
cases through liaisons in each of their regions. The group also discussed what measures should be included in a dashboard of child welfare related outcomes of Native American children and families. The next meeting is scheduled for Aug 8 from 10am – 2pm at the County of San Diego HHSA Live Well Center in Escondido.



Tribal STAR T4T Changes to Skill Building Institute

The August 15-17, 2017 Tribal STAR T4T will focus on skill building to address the challenges of statewide ICWA trainers implementing the Core 3.0 ICWA: Working with Native American Families and Tribes.  The training will be held at Casey Family Programs San Diego Field Office located at 3878 Old Town Ave, San Diego, CA 92110, from 8am – 5pm. Working lunch will be provided.

For more information contact Sunni Dominguez sadominguez@sdsu.edu.



Announcing the 14th Annual Tribal STAR Celebration!



A Tale of Discovery  ‘Am I Indian?’: A young man’s journey to reclaim identity
Growing up, Matthew Shorting knew that he was Indigenous — but didn’t know much more than that. Join Matthew on his journey of discovery as he seeks to find out more about his Indian heritage.  For the entire NewFire article visit here.


Please Check Out “Taking the Stand: Judge Sunshine Sykes” One of Our Own Tribal STAR Trainers in the Spring 2017 Edition of Stanford Lawyer

Appointed by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013 to the California Superior Court, Sykes is the first Native American ever appointed by a governor to the state court—bringing experience and diversity to the bench. And she’s fulfilling that early ambition to do something about fairness and justice in the world, one case at a time.

law Sunshine Sykes

For the entire article please visit the Stanford Lawyer.


County of San Diego and the Clinton Foundation Partnership

A major initiative to help vulnerable children and their families has begun in San Diego under a partnership between three prominent County Supervisor Greg Cox organizations.  The collaboration between
the Clinton Foundation’s Health Matters Initiative, San Diego County, and San Diego Foundation, will focus on the foster care and juvenile justice programs, particularly what sort of factors lead to the disparities that cause some populations disproportionately entangled in these systems.

For the entire Union-Tribune article please visit here.



Did you Know There is Now a Duty to Enforce Tribal Protection Orders in California?
The following video illustrates the obligations of law enforcement officers in California under both federal and state law to recognize and enforce tribal court domestic violence restraining orders. These orders do not need to be registered with the state court or locatable in law enforcement data bases. If the orders are valid on their face they must be enforced.  Our heartfelt thanks to everyone at the Center for Families, Children & the Courts | Operations and Programs Division Judicial Council of California for all there hard work and vision to make this happen.

For more detailed information please visit the California Courts website.


See the latest Academy for Professional Excellence and Tribal STAR Tweets

here @Acad4ProfExcell or click on the Twitter icon.


Check out the Latest Continuum of Care Reform Branch Newsletter  

The Continuum of Care Reform (CCR) draws together a series of existing and new reforms to our child welfare services program designed out of an understanding that children who must live apart from their biological parents do best when they are cared for in committed nurturing family homes. CCR provides up-to-date information about CCR implementation, promising innovations, and opportunities.  To see the newsletter in it’s entirety click here or to visit the CCR website click here.



1st Annual Mesquite Bean Harvest Chemehuevi Indian Reservation July 7-8, 2017
Please join in the 1st Annual Mesquite Bean Harvest at the Chenehuevi Indian Reservation

To view the complete itinerary visit here. or for more information call the Chemehuevi Cultural Center at 760-858-1115


ICWA Training from the National Indian Justice Center July 27 & 28
What Tribes needs to know about the Indian Child Welfare Act
July 27th, 2017, 10-2pm
What Communities, Service Providers and Families need to know about the Indian Child Welfare Act
July 28th,  2017, 9-3pm.

Both are to be held at Indian Health Council, Inc.
For more information please visit their website.



New ICWA Guide App for iPhones / iOS Available July 21st!
The wait is almost over iPhone users! By mid-July all iPhone – iOS users will be able to tap into the power of the New ICWA Guide App to improve outcomes for Native American youth.  It’s packed with with ICWA mission critical info to help you navigate ICWA, Inquiry & Notice, Active Efforts and more.

iPhone App:  Coming July 21st
Android App: Available at the Google Play Store here.




Tribes Call For  Testimony on Children Who Went Missing at Boarding Schools 
July 24, 2017. The Boarding School Healing Coalition (NABS) is working with the International Indian Treaty Council (IITC) and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) to file a submission with the UN Working Group on Enforced and Involuntary Disappearances (UNWGEID) to call on the United States to provide a full accounting of American Indian and Alaska Native children who were taken into government custody under the U.S. Boarding School Policy and whose fate and whereabouts remain unknown.

Bipartisan Outrage Aimed at Acting Director over Proposed IHS cuts
July 13, 2017.  President Trump proposes to cut the Indian Health Service budget by $300 million, and the head of the IHS had trouble justifying that 6 percent cut at a Senate hearing Wednesday. Senators on both sides of the aisle say they’re outraged at the state of affairs at IHS, and it goes beyond the budget cut.

Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe and New York State Sign Historic Agreement on Child Support Services
June 30  The Tribe’s Child Support Enforcement Unitbecame the first comprehensive Tribal Child Support Unit in New York in April 2014 and is also the only federally-recognized Tribal Child Support Program in the State. The agreement is the culmination of work between the Tribe and New York State, with input from county child support agencies.

President Trump promises ‘freedom’ for tribes seeking to exploit their resources
June 29  President Donald Trump blamed the federal government for hindering prosperity in Indian Country in his first official event with tribal leaders.
In remarks at the White House on Wednesday, Trump said tribes stand to gain financially by developing their natural resources. His administration will make it “easier” for them to do just that, he promised.
“All you want is the freedom to use them, and that’s been the problem. It’s been very difficult, hasn’t it?” the president said with Kevin Frost from the Southern Ute Tribe at his side. “It will be a lot easier now under the Trump administration.”

AMERIND & NAIHC Kick-Off Joint Convention in Nashville
June 28 This week, hundreds of Tribal leaders, executives and Native organization representatives descended on Nashville, Tennessee—homeland of the United Southern and Eastern Tribes. To kick off the 2017 AMERIND Risk | National American Indian Housing Council (NAIHC) Annual Convention & Tradeshow, held June 27-29, AMERIND Chairman Greg Borene delivered a heartfelt welcoming speech and presented NAIHC with a check for $200,000. The contribution honors NAIHC’s ongoing commitment to Native interests and housing in Indian Country.

“Let us put our minds together

and see what life we can make for our children.”

– Sitting Bull

Research, Data and Statistics

Children’s Bureau Express covers news, issues, and trends of interest to professionals and policymakers in the interrelated fields of child abuse and neglect, child welfare, and adoption.

Children’s Bureau
1250 Maryland Avenue,
SW, Eighth Floor
Washington, DC 20024
Email: cb_express@childwelfare.gov

The Power of the Adolescent Brain
Author: Office of Adolescent Health, USDH and HHS.
Information: In the video, Dr. Frances Jensen of the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine explains that the brain is the last organ in the body to reach full maturity; therefore, during adolescence the brain is still developing and often does not reach full maturity until a person is in their mid- to late 20s.

Flourishing From the Start: What Is It and How Can It Be Measured?
Author: Anderson, K., Bethell, C.,Murphey, D., Martin, M.,Beltz, M.
Published: March 2017
Information: Children thrive in supportive environments that prepare them to deal with life’s challenges. According to a new research brief from Child Trends and the Child and Adolescent Health Measurement Initiative (CAHMI), programs and services that help children flourish demand a credible means of defining, measuring, and monitoring what that means. The brief was designed to spur the development of a concrete and reliable set of measures for assessing whether young children are thriving.

Timing Matters: A Randomized Control Trial of Recovery Coaches in Foster Care
Author: Ryan, J., Perron, B., Moore, A., Victor, B., Park, K.
Published: 2017
Information: Substance use disorders can profoundly affect child welfare outcomes, as parental use of drugs and alcohol can increase the risk of child maltreatment as well as hinder efforts at permanency and reunification for children in foster care. An article in the Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment focuses on early access to substance use services and parental connections to a recovery coach. The study pays special attention to the timing of the intervention, particularly with regard to the timing of the comprehensive screening and access to substance use services in relation to the temporary custody hearing. The study hypothesis was that a short lag in the time it takes between the temporary custody hearing and screening and referral for substance use services increases the odds of family reunification, especially if a recovery coach has been assigned to the family.

Promoting birth parents’ relationships with their toddlers upon reunification: Results from Promoting First Relationships® home visiting program
Author: Oxford, M., Marcenko,M., Fleming,C., Lohr, M., Spieker, S.
Published: 2016
Information: When birth parents are reunified with their child after foster care placement, they often need in-home support services to help prevent any recurrence of maltreatment leading to the child’s reentry into foster care. This study in the journal Children and Youth Services Review reports on the findings from a randomized control trial of the 10-week home visiting program, Promoting First Relationships (PFR). The present study focuses on young children from birth to three years of age, as this population of children comprise one-third of first entries into foster care, which is a higher than any other age group.

A Primer for Youth Justice Advocates: Fact Sheet
Author: The Crime Victims Fund
Published: Updated November, 2016
Information: Established in 1984, the Crime Victims Fund is financed annually by the fines and penalties paid by those convicted of Federal offenses and offers an opportunity to fund services that could help youth and families who have been victims of crime. The parameters for how these funds could be used were expanded in 2016, opening up new ways to support youth who are at risk of or already involved in court engagement. The updated factsheet The Crime Victims Fund: A Primer for Youth Justice Advocates, which was produced by the National Juvenile Justice Network, is intended as a basic primer for youth advocates on how the Crime Victims Fund operates and how it might be possible to move some of these increased resources to the communities that lack these services.

The Potential Educational Benefits of Extending Foster Care to Young Adults: Findings from a Natural Experiment
Author: Courtney, M., Hook, J.
Information: Research has demonstrated the employment and earnings benefits accompanying educational attainment, and the relatively poor educational attainment and economic well-being of young people who transition to adulthood from foster care. Policymakers’ concern over these poor outcomes has long been reflected in U.S. child welfare policy, most recently in the provisions of the 2008 Fostering Connections to Success Act allowing states to claim federal reimbursement for extending foster care from age 18 to age 21. While the policy of allowing youth to remain in foster care past age 18 has promise as a strategy for helping them continue their education, empirical evidence of its impact is lacking. Using data from a longitudinal study of youth (n = 732) who
transitioned to adulthood from foster care, this study takes advantage of  between-state policy variation in the age at which youth are required to leave care to assess the relationship between extended foster care and educational attainment at age 26.

University-Child Welfare Agency Partnership Helps Build Evidence-Driven Workforce
Author: Lery B., Wiegmann W.,  Duerr Berrick, J.
Information: The federal government increasingly expects child welfare systems to be more responsive to the needs of their local populations, connect strategies to results, and use continuous quality improvement (CQI) to accomplish these goals. A method for improving decision making, CQI relies on an inflow of high-quality data, up-to-date research evidence, and a robust organizational structure and climate that supports the deliberate use of evidence for decision making. This article describes an effort to build and support these essential system components through one public-private child welfare agency–university partnership.

Findings From the First National Study of Tribal Head Start Programs (Webinar)
Author: Head Start programs
Published: December 2016
Information: The webinar, “Study Progress & Selected Findings From the First National Study of Tribal Head Start Programs,” produced by the Office of Planning, Research and Evaluation, discusses the methods, findings, and implications gleaned from the first time Region 11 was included in the Family and Child Experiences Survey (FACES). Region 11 primarily comprises American Indian and Alaska Natives (AI/AN) on or near reservations and serves federally recognized programs in 26 States.  Webinar slides pdf here. 

California ICWA Compliance Task Force: 2017 Report to the CA Attorney General’s Office
Author: CA Indian Child Welfare Act Compliance Task Force
Published: 2017
Information: This Report is the culmination of the Task Force effort thus far, but it is not the end of the effort.  It is an essential first step, an attempt to examine the issues and frame solutions.  It is the goal of the Task Force that this Report be a call to action for the BCJ and that it starts a conversation examining the civil rights protected by ICWA. The rights to due process, to political and cultural connections and religious freedoms, and to remain in one’s community of origin are routinely under


Policy Legislation and Law

National Indian Law Library Tribal Law and Order Act of 20110 Resources Website
Author: Various
Published: 2017 and updated continually
Information:  Various A selection of free federal Indian and tribal law secondary resources on the Internet related to the Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010. Web pages will be updated as new material becomes available.

The Tribal Court Indian Law Bulletins by the National Indian Law Library Website
Author: Various
Published: 2017 and updated continually
Information: The National Indian Law Library (NILL), in partnership with the University of Colorado Law School Indian Law Clinic, is pleased to introduce the new Tribal Courts Bulletin. This new bulletin will feature selected tribal court opinions of value to Indian law practitioners, educators, and students. The Tribal Courts Bulletin will complement the state and federal case bulletins published by NILL since 2001.

Four directions shieldTribal Customary Adoption for American Indian Children in CA Foster Care (Website)
Author: San Diego State University. School of Social Work. Academy for Professional Excellence. Tribal STAR
Published: 2017 and updated continually
Resources on this website explain the passage of legislation that will allow tribal customary adoption for American Indian children in foster care in California. The addition of tribal customary adoption as a permanency option for a child who is a dependent of the juvenile court and eligible under the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is discussed, as well as the ability of a tribal customary adoption to occur without the termination of parental rights. Links are provided to access fact sheets for county and Tribal ICWA social workers on tribal customary adoptions, sample tribal customary adoption orders, answers to frequently asked questions about tribal customary adoptions and talking points, a PowerPoint presentation on tribal customary adoption, county letters explaining tribal customary adoption, and a list of upcoming training and training resources. A list of useful web links is also included.

Child Welfare Policy Manual Website
Author: U.S. Children’s Bureau
Published: 2017 and updated continually
Information: This Child Welfare Policy Manual updates and reformats all of the existing relevant policy issuances (Policy Announcements and Policy Interpretation Questions) into an easy to use question and answer format. This manual is broken down into nine main policy areas (with detailed subsections): AFCARS, CAPTA, Independent Living, MEPA/IEAP, Monitoring, SACWIS, Title IV-B, Title IV-E, Tribes/Indian Tribal Organizations. Future policy guidance will be disseminated in this format and announced as “Updates!” to the manual. This web-based manual ensures that the most current policy information is available to the States in the quickest and most accurate way.

NCFY Reports: Addressing the Legal Needs of Homeless Youth
Author: National Clearinghouse on Families & Youth
Published: 2017
Information: Homeless youth can find themselves in a variety of legal situations, facing criminal charges or defending their rights.  To address these issues, the Family and Youth Services Bureau and the American Bar Association partnered in 2008 to host a national conference on the legal needs of street youth. The two organizations reconvened in January 2016 to discuss the issues again along with federal partners and community organizations that serve homeless youth. In this edition of NCFY Reports, we look deeper into the legal issues homeless youth face and how organizations can help them access assistance to prevent those issues from negatively impacting their chance at a future free of homelessness.

High Quality Legal Representation for All Parties in Child Welfare Proceedings (Information Memo)
Information: This Information Memorandum (IM) encourages all child welfare agencies, courts, administrative offices of the courts, and Court Improvement Programs to work together to ensure parents, children and youth, and child welfare agencies, receive high quality legal representation at all stages of child welfare proceedings.

Runaway and Homeless Youth Act Final Rule Strengthens Programs
Effective: January 19, 2017
Information: The Family and Youth Services Bureau, Administration for Children and Families (ACF), issued a final rule that reflects existing statutory requirements in the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act and changes made through the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act of 2008. The final rule provides program performance standards for Runaway and Homeless Youth grantees that will monitor grantees’ achievements related to the goals of the Runaway and Homeless Youth Act, as well as assess the quality and effectiveness of their programs. The new rule builds upon existing policies and guidance to better support runaway and homeless youth by improving nondiscrimination protections for youth, strengthening training and professional development for service providers, define safe and appropriate exits from homelessness and require aftercare planning for all youth exiting programs. The new rule specifically prohibits discriminatory exclusion from programs and services on the basis of gender identity/expression and sexual orientation.

High Quality Legal Representation for All Parties in Child Welfare Proceedings
Published: January 17, 2017
Information: The purpose of this information memorandum is to emphasize the importance of high quality legal representation in helping ensure a well-functioning child welfare system. This memorandum also highlights important research and identifies best practices and strategies to promote and sustain high quality legal representation for all parents, children and youth, and child welfare agencies in all stages of child welfare proceedings.

Efforts by child welfare agencies, local communities, and federal agencies to end family and youth homelessness
Published: January 18, 2017
Information: The connection between homelessness and child welfare involvement is documented by administrative and research data and the individual stories of families and youth entering the child welfare system each year. In 2015, approximately 265,000 children entered foster care across the country. For over 10 percent of these children (approximately 27,000 children), inadequate housing was reported as a reason associated with the child’s removal, and this percentage is even higher among older youth (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services [HHS], 2016).

Final Rule: Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System Published
Effective: January 13, 2017
Information: The final rule on the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) was published in the Federal Register on December 14, 2016 (81 FR 90524). AFCARS is the only Federal national data set that collects case level information on all children in foster care and children adopted with the involvement of the title IV-E (child welfare) agency. The final rule requires title IV-E agencies to collect and report data to ACF on children in out-of-home care, who exit out-of-home care to adoption or legal guardianship, information related to the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978, and children who have a title IV-E adoption or guardianship assistance agreement. This final rule is the first change to AFCARS since 1993.

Your Rights Under the Indian Child Welfare Act
Author: Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid. Legal Services State Support (Minn.)
Published: 2016
Information: Intended for Native American parents in Minnesota, this fact sheet explains the rights of parents involved in the child welfare system and juvenile court and family court proceedings. General parent rights are listed, as well as the specific rights of a parent of an Indian child. The rights of the child’s tribe are also reviewed as well as the rights of Indian relatives and Indian children.

Guidelines Stating Principles for Working With Federally Recognized Indian Tribes
Administration for Native Americans, Administration for Children and Families, Department of Health and Human Services.
Federal Register Notice
Effective: October 20, 2016
Information: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), Administration for Children and Families (ACF), is issuing guidelines stating principles for working with federally recognized Indian tribes. The mission of ACF is to foster health and well-being by providing federal leadership, partnership, and resources for the compassionate and effective delivery of human services. This mission has special application with respect to the government-to-government relationship with federally recognized Indian tribes, including Alaska Natives.

Tribal Youth and Community Protection Act of 2016
Information: A bill introduced in April 2016 intended to protect Native children and promote public safety in Indian country.

Bureau of Indian Affairs Releases New ICWA Regulations
Author: Department of the Interior
Published: June 2016
Information: This final rule adds a new sub-part to the Department of the Interior’s regulations implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), in order to futher improve ICWA implementation. The final rule addresses requirements for State courts in ensuring implementation of ICWA in Indian child-welfare proceedings and requirements for States to maintain records under ICWA.

Promising Practices

Young People Transitioning from Foster Care (Podcast)
Author: Annie E. Casey Foundation, Hamilton, L.
Information: Foster care alumni discuss transitioning from care in this CaseyCast podcast series produced by the Annie E. Casey Foundation. This podcast focuses on the experiences of two foster care alumnae, Samanthya Amann and Brittany Hunter, who are also young fellows from the Jim Casey Youth Opportunities Initiative.

Workforce Development Planning & Assessment Toolkit
Author: National Child Welfare Workforce Institute
Information: This companion resource to the Workforce Development Framework applies the principles of the WDF to an agency setting and offers a comprehensive approach to creating a workforce development roadmap.

Finding and Supporting Adoptive Families for Children in Foster Care
Author: Madden, E., McRoy, R.
Published: 2016
Information: In this special issue of the journal Adoption Quarterly includes articles that answer questions about how agencies find families for children needing placement; the experiences of these families and children before and after adoption; and the most effective recruitment, preparation, and retention strategies for families seeking to adopt from foster care.

Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice
Author: National Association of Social Workers
Published: Revised 2016
Information: The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) revised its Standards and Indicators for Cultural Competence in Social Work Practice to reflect the growing need for cultural competence and the importance of social workers’ ethical responsibility to be culturally competent. This revision was developed by the 2015 NASW National Committee on Racial and Ethnic Diversity. It expands upon previous work by introducing new concepts and also broadens the understanding in other areas, such as culture being inclusive of designations, such as disability, rather than only race an ethnicity. Wraparound Implementation and Practice Quality Standards

NCCD’s Structured Decision-Making Model
Author: National Council on Crime and Delinquency
Published: Updated regularly
Information: The National Council on Crime and Delinquency’s Structured Decision Making (SDM) model is a suite of assessment tools that promote safety and well-being for vulnerable populations, such as youth in foster care and youth involved with the juvenile justice system, as well as vulnerable adults. The five-part SDM model combines evidence-based research with best practices to offer workers a framework for consistent decision-making and agencies a way to target resources toward those who can benefit most

Introduction to Child Welfare Funding

Authors: Jordan E., Dean Connelly, D.
Published: January, 2016
Information: Child welfare funding can come from a variety of places, such as Federal, State, and local sources. The research brief, An Introduction to Child Welfare Funding, and How States Use It, published by ChildTrends, provides an overview of child welfare funding. It also describes how States use and access funds to achieve their goals, including where funds come from, how States make decisions about funding sources, challenges they face in accessing funds, and title IV-E funding and waivers, which allows for more flexibility in how the funds are spent. The brief also provides advice and examples of best practices based on interviews with child welfare agency officials in 10 States (Colorado, Florida, Illinois, Indiana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Ohio, Texas, Utah, and Wisconsin) that represent a significant proportion of the total national child welfare expenditures and have a current or previously approved title IV-E waiver.

Fatherhood in America: Social Work Perspectives on a Changing Society
Author: Mazza, C., Perry, A.
Published: 2017
Information: Fathers are critical to their children’s growth and development. Research on the involvement of men with their children stresses the important role that fathers play from infancy to adolescence. Due to the ethnically diverse population of fathers in America, culture and context frames the nature of fathering and shapes expectations within a cultural milieu. The book offers a wide range of vantage points–social work, family studies, marriage and family therapy, counseling, sociology, psychology, gender studies, anthropology, cultural and ethnic studies, urban studies, and health. There are five primary parts within this book, each of which looks at numerous facets of fatherhood in the twenty-first century. Part I defines the concept of fatherhood and family composition, becoming a father, young fathers, single fathers, fathers and daughters, and examines the father-son relationship. Part II looks at nonresident fathers, homeless fathers, incarcerated fathers, and the never married fathers. Part III reviews biological fathers, stepfathers, male foster carers, fatherhood and adoption, and gay fathers. Part IV examines the cultural dimensions of fatherhood, including Latino, African American, and Native American.

Child Welfare in the 21st Century: Preparing Families for Post-permanence Video

Author: The National Quality Improvement Center for Adoption and Guardianship
Published: 2017
Information: With an emphasis on improving child and family outcomes by implementing and evaluating interventions that promote permanence and support children and families that have moved to permanence, the QIC-AG announces two new video products for use in practice, classroom and administrative settings.  Viewers can choose between a brief video which provides an overview of the project, or the full length video which includes details about the QIC-AG’s eight partner sites and their interventions.

Enhancing Evidence-Building and Documentation Skills for Program Evaluation
Author: Serrata, J.
Published: 2017
Information: The National Latin@ Network, in collaboration with Latino community organizations La Paz, Trans Latina Coalition, Mujeres Latinas en Acción, Voces Latinas, and Casa de Esperanza, launched a free, online, and bilingual resource called the Building Evidence Toolkit. This toolkit was designed to help those in Latino-serving organizations in the field of domestic violence strengthen their documentation and program evaluation skills.

Suicide Prevention Among High School Students: Evaluation of a Nonrandomized Trial of a Multi-stage Suicide Screening Program

Author: Torcasso, G., Hilt, L.
Published: February 2017
Information: The present study evaluated outcomes of a multi-stage screening program implemented over 3 school years in a moderately-sized Midwestern high school. There was a significant increase in utilization of mental health services among students who screened positive and a decrease in rates of suicidal ideation and attempts among 9th-grade students at the school with screening. This multi-stage screening program shows promise in addressing suicide-related behaviors in schools. Randomized trials are needed to confirm program efficacy.

Youth Engagement Blueprint Series: Improving Organizational Capacity to Support Youth and Young Adults Currently and Formerly in Foster Care
Author: Capacity Building Center for States
Published: 2017
Information: The Youth Engagement Blueprint (YEB) series aims to build capacity to promote a culture and climate that encourages

youth engagement at all levels of an organization. The YEB series describes how to build capacity in each of four component areas: viewing young people as organizational assets, having the right people, implementing flexible and innovative programs and practices, and using science and technology effectively.

Parents and Children Together: Design and Implementation of Two Healthy Marriage Programs
Published: October 20, 2016
Author: Zaveri, H., Baumgartner, S.
Information: This report describes program design and implementation of two Healthy Marriage programs that are part of the Parents and Children Together evaluation. Analysis of the implementation of the programs found that:Programs reported that effective recruitment required face-to-face outreach; The programs achieved strong participation in their services to strengthen couples’ relationships; Programs conducted regular program monitoring focused on program improvement; Programs offered limited job and career advancement services along with their relationship skills programming; Low participation in job and career advancement services may have been related to couples’ job-related needs and preferences.

Working With the Correctional System and Incarcerated Parents  (Podcast)
Published October 14, 2016
Information: When professionals work, interact, and exchange information with parents who are incarcerated and who have children involved in the child welfare system, they must also work with the correctional system and detention facilities (prisons). Navigating the protocols and procedures within a State’s correctional system can be challenging and confusing, especially to professionals unaware of the restrictions on visitations and correspondence with inmates.  Listeners will learn what professionals should know about sending correspondence to a prison (including how to label mail for an incarcerated parent); insight on coordinating child-parent visits; actions incarcerated parents can take to support their case plans; and ways incarcerated parents can participate in court processes and hearings

Educationally-Based, Culturally-Sensitive, Theory-Driven Mentorship Intervention with At-risk Native American Youth in South Dakota: A Narrative Review
Author: Aschenbrener, C. , Johnson, S.
Published: January 2017
Information: Native American youth struggle with many social issues such as poverty, drug and alcohol abuse, teen pregnancy, and dropping out of high school, as a result of historical trauma and the current conditions on the reservation. This narrative review found that existing mentorship programs lack adequate research, particularly with Native American youth and youth from rural settings, yet the limited research does demonstrate potential promise. Available research findings suggest that mentorship programs are supporting at-risk youth generally, particularly with increasing their self-worth as well as having educational benefit for the youth. Two theoretical frameworks, strengths perspective and social learning theory, have been determined to offer support to increase the value of mentorship programs for Native American youth.

Engaging Youth in Foster Care (Podcast)
Subject: Cancel, S.
Published: August 12, 2016
The interview focuses on the emerging use of social media, specifically Facebook, to engage youth in foster care and help them to develop a dialog with their caseworkers and other supportive adults. Using outlets like Facebook also allow caseworkers to get a youth‘s perspective on their lives while in the foster care system as well as provide youth with a place to connect with others in similar situations. Transcript.

Updated Bureau of Indian Affairs Guidelines in Indian Child Custody Proceedings
Author: Bureau of Indian Affairs
Summary: These updated guidelines provide guidance to State courts and child welfare agencies implementing the Indian Child Welfare Act’s (ICWA) provisions in light of written and oral comments received during a review of the Bureau of Indian Affairs (BIA) Guidelines for State Courts in Indian Child Custody Proceedings published in 1979.639 × 37

Provider Resources

Evidence-Based Treatments for Depression in Children and Youth (Webinar)
Author: Bellonci, C.
Information: This webinar focuses on evidence-based treatment for behavioral disorders in children and youth, specifically for the two most common depressive disorders in children—major depressive disorder and disruptive mood dysregulation disorder.

Resource Guide for Community-Based Organizations
Author: López,M., Hofer,K., Bumgarner, E., Taylor,D.
Published: March 2017
Information: As the United States becomes more culturally diverse, service providers—namely community-based organizations (CBOs)—and their funders have increasingly recognized the need to deliver more culturally responsive services and incorporate cultural competency in the way they work with the youth and families they serve. Developing Culturally Responsive Approaches to Serving Diverse Populations: A Resource Guide for Community-Based Organizations, produced by the National Research Center on Hispanic Children & Families, is intended to help CBOs and other stakeholders easily find and access available resources based on cultural competency to better serve the diverse populations with which they work. It is also intended to help CBOs develop high-quality and successful applications in response to funding announcements.

Wraparound Implementation and Practice Quality Standards
Author: Coldiron, J.,Bruns, E., Hensley, S. , Paragoris, R.
Published: Fall 2016
Information: Outcomes for families and children involved with child welfare are highly dependent on program and system factors and how well available services function. These factors include adequacy and appropriateness of funding, caseloads, workforce development, and system policies. Wraparound Implementation and Practice Quality Standards is a brief produced through a collaboration between the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, the National Technical Assistance Network for Children’s Behavioral Health, the National Wraparound Initiative, and the National Wraparound Implementation Center. It provides information on the ever-changing field of wraparound services and systems of care by building on previous work by the National Wraparound Initiative. The brief focuses on a summary of research-, theory-, and practice-based standards regarding five implementation-related areas and two output-related areas.

Resource Guide to Trauma-Informed Human Services
Author: Various, The Administration for Children and Families, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administrations, the Administration for Community Living, the Offices of the Assistant Secretary for Health and the Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation at HHS.
Information: The guide is intended to provide an introduction to the topic of trauma, a discussion of why understanding and addressing trauma is important for human services programs, and a “road map” to find relevant resources.

There are many concepts and terms associated with trauma-informed care. To start with a common framework, there are six key concepts that are particularly important for human services providers interested in expanding their understanding of trauma and its implications for service delivery.

Improving Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth: A Guide for Professionals
Author: Fisher, S., Poirier, J., Blau, G.
Published: 2016
Information: This book review outlines chapters in “Improving Emotional and Behavioral Outcomes for LGBT Youth: A Guide for Professionals” (Fisher, Poirier, and Blau). The book describes interventions at the community level in order to enhance health, resilience, and well-being, cultural and linguistic competence, the needs of transgender and gender-nonconforming children, clinical, familial, and community considerations, disorders and differences of sex development, the needs of Two-Spirit American Indian youth, and standards of care and principles of service delivery.

Tribal Federal Medical Assistance Percentage Reference Table for FYs 2017-2018
Published: February, 2017
Information: This report provides the Federal Medical Assistance Percentages (FMAPs) for fiscal years 2017 and 2018 as well as relevant per capita income data for tribes expressing interest in operating title IV-E programs.

Tips for Caring for a Child With Special Health-Care Needs
Author: Family Voices, National Center for Family / Professional Partnerships
Information: For parents of children with special health-care needs, forming partnerships with the child’s doctors and other health-care providers is essential to making sure all of the child’s needs are met. The tip sheet, TIPS: Caring for a Child With Special Health Care Needs: Partnering With Your Child’s Provider, which was produced by the National Center for Family/Professional Partnerships, is divided into four sections, each of which can help parents and caregivers better communicate with health-care providers and understand their child’s diagnosis.

Is it ADHD or Trauma Symptoms? (Podcast)
Author: National Child Traumatic Stress Network
Information: When children exhibit aggression or frustration, are easily distracted, or are having difficulty in school, there is a tendency to diagnose these behaviors as signs of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). However, ADHD is not the only viable diagnosis. Children exposed to traumatic events can present with symptoms that mimic those associated with ADHD, which can lead to a misdiagnosis.

Top 10 Tips for Engaging Youth
Author: The Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures
Information: The Research and Training Center for Pathways to Positive Futures produced a guide to help service providers and others engage with youth. Based on Achieve My Plan (AMP), which is an intervention focused on improving self-determination, treatment satisfaction, and community participation outcomes among emerging adults with serious mental health concerns, AMP’s Top Ten Tips for Engaging With Young People includes tips on how to ask questions and maintain a conversation while completing a worksheet or curriculum with the youth by adding reflections, asking follow-up questions, and using good body language.

New Workforce Development Toolkit
Author: McDaniel, N. in collaboration with National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, University at Albany, Butler Institute for Families, University of Denver, University of Maryland, Michigan State University, Portland State University, University of Southern Maine
Published: 2016
Information: The Workforce Development Planning & Assessment Tool Kit, produced by the National Child Welfare Workforce Institute, is a companion resource to the Workforce Development Framework (WDF). The toolkit applies the principles of the WDF to an agency setting and offers a comprehensive approach to creating a workforce development roadmap which helps to guide agencies.

About Adverse Childhood Experiences (Webpage)
Author: CDC
Published:  2017 and periodically updated
Information: This webpage explains childhood experiences, both positive and negative, have a tremendous impact on future violence victimization and perpetration, and lifelong health and opportunity, and notes Adverse Childhood

Calender of 37 months, 1889-92

Experiences (ACEs) have been linked to risky health behaviors, chronic health conditions, low life potential, and early death. Links are then provided that explore the association between ACEs and negative outcomes, and ways ACEs can be prevented.

Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator (Webpage)
Author: SAMHSA
Published: 2017 and periodically updated
Information: This webpage provides a Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator, a confidential and anonymous source of information for persons seeking treatment facilities in the United States or U.S. Territories for substance abuse/addiction and/or mental health problems. For any location, a list is provided of facilities that includes directions to the facility, website links, and information on the types of care provided, treatment approaches, service setting, facility operation, accepted health insurances, special programs offered, ancillary services, and age groups accepted. A map indicates whether facilities are providing substance abuse, mental health, health services, or have Buprenorphine physicians.

Tribal Child Welfare Information Exchange
Author: Capacity Building Collaborative Center for Tribes
Published: 2017
Information: The federal duty of protection of internal tribal sovereignty, which has been strongly linked to the welfare of Indian children since the Founding, is now as closely realized as it ever has been throughout American history. In the Self-Determination Era, modern federal laws, including ICWA, constitute a return of federal Indian law and policy to constitutional fidelity.

Tribal Court Clearinghouse
Tribal Law and Policy Institute
The Tribal Court Clearinghouse is a comprehensive website established in June 1997 to serve as a resource for American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, American Indian and Alaska Native people, tribal justice systems, victims services providers, tribal service providers, and others involved in the improvement of justice in Indian country.

United States Bureau of Indian Affairs
United States Department of the Interior
The Bureau of Indian Affairs website offers information regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act, including news and policy updates, events, and comprehensive fact sheets.

Indian Child Welfare Glossary and Flow Chart
National Indian Child Welfare Association
Information: The Indian Child Welfare glossary is compiled to accompany the ICWA/Child Protective Services (CPS) Flow Chart.  The glossary represents words that are commonly used in Indian child welfare and in situations where the Indian Child Welfare Act is applied.

Final Rule: Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Proceedings: Frequently Asked Questions
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Published: June 17, 2016
Information: A guide for frequently asked questions regarding new ICWA guidelines and requirements issued by the Bureau of Indian Affairs in June 2016 .


Funding Opportunities

Grants, Funding, News and Reports

Center for Native American Youth
Here you may find resources and links to funding and aid available to tribes.

Children’s Bureau: State & Tribal Funding
The Children’s Bureau provides matching funds to states, tribes, and communities to help them operate every aspect of their child welfare systems—from the prevention of child abuse and neglect to the support of permanent placements through adoption and subsidized guardianship.


Current Grants & Funding

National Training and Development Initiative for Foster/Adoptive Parents
Deadline: Est. July 01, 2017
Information: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to award one cooperative agreement to an organization to develop a state-of-the-art foster/adoptive parent training program to include intensive preparation and development components that reflect the capacities required of successful foster/adoptive parents. This is intended to be a product that could be utilized free of charge by all states, tribes, and territories and consistently applied wherever implemented. Development of this program would include research on the common characteristics of foster/adoptive families that have succeeded in terms of well-being and stability.
Contact: June Dorn 202-205-9540 dorn@acf.hhs.gov

Native American Research Centers for Health
Deadline: July 27, 2017
Information: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to encourage grant applications for new or continued Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH). The NARCH program supports opportunities for conducting research and career enhancement to meet the health needs of American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities and the scientists conducting research on the health needs of these communities. This FOA is issued by the National Institute of General Medical Sciences in conjunction with the other Institutes/Centers of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Indian Health Service (IHS).

Solicitation for Proposals for Funding From the Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI) Feasibility Study Program
Deadline: August 12, 2017
Information: The Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), through its Native American Business Development Institute (NABDI), is soliciting proposals from federally recognized American Indian tribes and Alaska federally recognized tribal entities for technical assistance funding to hire consultants to perform feasibility studies of economic development opportunities. These feasibility studies will empower American Indian tribes/Alaska federally recognized tribal entities and tribal businesses to make informed decisions regarding their economic futures. Feasibility studies may concern the viability of an economic development project or business or the practicality of a technology a tribe or entity may choose to pursue.
Contact: James West Phone (202) 595-4766 jamesr.west@bia.gov

Interventions for Health Promotion and Disease Prevention in Native American Populations
Deadline: August 24, 2017
Information: The purpose of this funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to develop, adapt, and test the effectiveness of health promotion and disease prevention interventions in Native American (NA) populations. Tribes, communities, and organizations that do not have research experience are strongly encouraged to develop collaborations with research organizations. Involvement of Native researchers and other appropriate professionals also is strongly encouraged.

Native American Cultural Resources Management Program NAFB, CAFB, & NTTR, Nevada
Deadline: August 28, 2017
Information: The objective of this project is to provide tribal consultation support for coordination activities with Native American tribes that are culturally or historically affiliated with NAFB. The intent of the Base Tasks for this project is to: 1) complete archaeological inventory requirements for priority mission need project areas; 2) complete a comprehensive, holistic approach, ethnographic study of potential sacred sites and areas of cultural importance; 3) complete analysis and recordation projects for built environment; and 4) accomplish data gathering and management tasks per Cultural Resources Management (CRM) Air Force Inspection (AFI) program mandates. Native Americans will be included in all surveys and NTTR survey projects. Optional tasks include participation in professional meetings/conferences, tribal visits, document review committee, and project monitors.
Contact: Stephanie Rostermundt at 402-995-2083 or stephanie.a.rostermundt@usace.army.mil

Regional Partnership Grants to Increase the Well-Being of, and to Improve the Permanency Outcomes for, Children Affected by Substance Abuse in American Indian/Alaska Native Communities
Deadline: September 29, 2017
Information: The purpose of this forecasted funding opportunity announcement (FOA) is to provide competitive grant funds for projects of up to 5 years, authorized by the Child and Family Services Improvement and Innovation Act (Pub. L. 112-34). This Act includes a targeted grants program (section 437(f)) that directs the Secretary of Health and Human Services to reserve funds for regional partnership grants (RPGs) to improve the well-being of children affected by substance abuse. These targeted grants will be awarded to regional partnerships that provide, through interagency collaboration and integration of programs and services and activities that are designed to increase the well-being of, improve permanency outcomes for, and enhance the safety of children who are in out-of-home placements or are at risk of entering out-of-home placements as a result of a parent’s or caretaker’s substance abuse. Native communities face service delivery issues that are complicated by several barriers such as, lack of early intervention for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) communities, distances to services, and lack of access to programs and services.
Contact: Jean Blankenship (202) 401-2887 or jean.blankenship@acf.hhs.gov

Indian Housing Block Grant Program
Deadline: Rolling
Information: The Indian Housing Block Grant Program (IHBG) is a formula grant that provides a range of affordable housing activities on Indian reservations and Indian areas. The block grant approach to housing for Native Americans was enabled by the Native American Housing Assistance and Self Determination Act of 1996 (NAHASDA).  Eligible IHBG recipients are Federally recognized Indian tribes or their tribally designated housing entity (TDHE), and a limited number of state recognized tribes who were funded under the Indian Housing Program authorized by the United States Housing Act of 1937 (USHA).

Indian Community Development Block Grant
Deadline: Rolling
Information: The ICDBG Program provides eligible grantees with direct grants for use in developing viable Indian and Alaska Native Communities, including decent housing, a suitable living environment, and economic opportunities, primarily for low and moderate income persons.

Karma for Cara Foundation
Deadline: Open
Applications for Youth Microgrants
Information:Grants will be awarded to kids 18 and under for service projects in their communities.

Public Welfare Foundation Accepting LOIs for Social Justice Programs
Deadline: Ongoing
Information: Grants will be awarded in support of efforts to advance justice and opportunity for people in need through criminal justice, juvenile justice, and workers’ rights programs.

Start a Snowball
Applications for Youth Philanthropy Projects
Deadline: Rolling
Information:Grants will be awarded in support of philanthropic projects led by youth between the ages of 5 and 18.

Aiden’s Red Envelope Foundation Supports Families of Children With Special Needs
Deadline: Rolling
Information:Grants of up to $5,000 will be awarded to Southern California families that have children with disabilities for special equipment, therapy, summer camps, or treatments.

Craft Emergency Relief Fund Accepting Applications From Craftspeople in Need
Deadline: Open
Information:Grants and loans of up to $8,000 will be awarded to professional craftspeople experiencing career-threatening illness, accident, fire, theft, or natural disaster.

Grants Calendar

Grant Resources:

Native American Scholarship Resources:
American Indian Graduate Center
College Scholarships.Org
The Gates Millennium Scholars Program.

Events and Conferences

This Calendar contains local events and conferences both local and national that will be of interest to those who work in or with the Tribal community.

July 8-9, 2017
24th Annual Suscol Intertribal Council Pow Wow
Yountville Veterans Home
180 California Avenue
Yountville, CA 94599
Contact: (707)256-3561 or suscol@suscol.net

July 14-16, 2017
Redbird’s Children of Many Colors Intertribal Pow Wow
Moorpark College
7075 Campus Road
Morpark, CA 93021
Contact: (805) 217-0364 or redbirdsvision@hotmail.com

July 29-30, 2017

South Bayfront Pow Wow
Chula Vista Bayfront
Marina View Park J Street
Chula Vista, CA
Contact: southbayfrontpowwow.com

August 5-6, 2017
Sierra Mono Museum Indian Days Fair & Pow Wow
Minarets high School
33103 Road 228
North Fork, CA 93643
Contact:  sierramonomuseum.org

August 12-13, 2017
Hawaiian Gardens Annual Friendship Pow Wow
22215 S, Elaine Ave.
Hawaiian Gardens, CA 90716
Contact: hgcity.org

August 25-27, 2017
10th Annual Pala’s Pow Wow
10779 Highway 76
Pala, CA 92059
Contact:  Powwow Director Skye McMichael or Vendor Info Shelia Lopez (760) 891-3590

August 26-27, 2017
Santa Rosa Days Pow Wow and Gathering
17225 Jersey Avenue
Lemoore, CA 93245  

Contact: Santa Rosa Rancheria Tachi-Yokut Tribe (559) 924-1278

September 1-3, 2017
47th Annual Barona Powwow
Barona Sports Park
1095 Barona Road
Lakeside, CA 92040
Contact: Barona Tribal Office

September 2017

Sycuan Pow-Wow 2017
5459 Sycuan Road El Cajon, CA

September 30 – October 1, 2017
24th Annual Hart of the West Pow Wow and Native American Craft Fair
Hart Park and Museum
24151 Newhall Avenue
Newhall, California 91350
Contact: Vendor info: Cindy Reeves (661) 857-6178 Allboys2000@sbcglobal.net
Park & Museum Info: (661) 259-0855 information@hartmuseum.org

October 14, 2017
25th Annual Berkeley Indigenous Peoples Day Pow Wow
M.L. King Civic Center Park
2151 M.L.K. Jr. Way
Berkeley, CA 94704
Contact:  info@ipdpowwow.org

November 24-26, 2017
36th Annual Cabazon Indio Powwow
Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
84-245 Indio Springs Pkwy
Indio, CA 92203
Contact: 760-342-2593

November 25, 2017
34th Annual CSUN Powwow
NorthridgeCA 91330
Contact: 818-677-5030

Tribal STAR Training

Approximately 8000 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:
Tom Lidot, Program Manager
Academy for Professional Excellence SDSU School of Social Work
Phone: (619) 594-3158 Fax: (619) 594-1118
Email: tlidot@mail.sdsu.edu


The ICWA training is intended to provide today’s social workers with a foundation of knowledge of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

All ICWA Trainings –
Registration 8:00 – 8:30 a.m.
Training 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Continental Breakfast and working lunch included

July 13, 2017
San Bernardino
Location Tba

July 20, 2017
San Diego
5469 Kearny Villa Rd.
SD, 92123

July 27, 2017
Orange County
1928 South Grand Ave.
Santa Ana

August 10, 2017
Location Tba

September 6, 2017
Location Tba

September 7, 2017
San Bernardino
Location Tba

October 12, 2017
Location Tba

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.

Next training: TBA

The 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.

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.

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.

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.

San Diego T4T  August 15 -17, 2017
Casey Family Programs
3878 Old Town Ave.
San Diego, CA 92110  

For more information contact Tom Lidot at tlidot@mail.sdsu.edu or call 619-594-3158.

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