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November / December 2017 Issue


Celebration 2017

Celebration 2017

This year’s Celebration was well attended and impactful. This year we honored the San Diego County Indian Specialty Unit’s 25th Anniversary and met the team and leadership. We were also honored to have ICWA liaisons, coordinators, and leadership from Los Angeles, Orange County, Riverside, and San Bernardino.

I’m privileged to see this annual event evolve from being a report-out of activities to the community driven celebration it is today. We honor the families who provide safety, permanency, and well-being for our Native children. We also honor individuals who are nominated by members of the 7th Generation Workgroup to reduce disproportionality for their commitment and service in working toward a vision of collaboration and improving outcomes for Native families.

~Tom Lidot, Tribal STAR Program Manager



A presentation about The Importance of ICWA Trained Staff was developed by Lisa Williams, MSW student from Humboldt State University and a Tribal STAR Intern. In this presentation we announce a new online resource page, Resources for ICWA Specialists, where the power point presentation can be accessed to provide justification for counties to implement having ICWA specialized staff in child welfare.



San Diego County Indian Specialty Unit is honored at this year’s Celebration

San Diego County Indian Specialty Unit 



Two new partners were inducted into the Tribal STAR Partnership: Milestone House and the National American Indian Court Judges Association.

Congratulations to all the honorees this year and Thank You to everyone who helped, in any way, to support ICWA implementation, compliance, and training.


National Child Welfare Center for Tribes

The National Child Welfare Center for Tribes Advisory Committee met, in San Diego on Sept ‘14-’15, for a year-end review. The group also discussed what priorities lie ahead for tribes.

For more information please visit https://capacity.childwelfare.gov/tribes/.
Also visit the Tribal Information Exchange at https://www.tribalinformationexchange.org/.



Tribal STAR and PCWTA Collaboration

The Tribal STAR team would like to recognize our on-going collaboration with the Public Child Welfare Training Academy (PCWTA) to plan and implement the new Core training ICWA: Working with Native American Families and Tribes. Tribal STAR, PCWTA, and our county partners work together to provide excellence in workforce development for all agencies working with Native American and Alaska Native children and families served by child welfare.

Want to Attend an ICWA Training?

Right now there is room for additional participants in our October and November trainings. Our training is open to social workers and child welfare staff in Southern California.

The upcoming training dates still have room:

Thursday Oct 12 Full day classroom (8am – 5pm) in Riverside, *
Thursday Oct 19 Full day classroom (8am – 5pm) in Riverside,* and
Thursday Oct 26 Full day classroom (8am – 5pm) in San Diego.*

*Note the pre-requisite to attend these trainings is a 60-90 minute eLearning on ICWA Introduction. For registration please contact:
Sunni Dominguez – SADOMINGUEZ@sdsu.edu or call 619-594-6107.

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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.


“…Look upon your children that they may face the winds And walk the good road to The Day of Quiet….”

~from Grandfather Great Spirit


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

A Journey Toward Strong Programs and Thriving Families: The Story of Three Tribal Home Visiting Grantees.
Tribal Programmatic Assistance for Tribal Home Visiting (PATH).
Author: Administration for Children and Families
Published: 2017
Information: Based on interviews with three Tribal Maternal, Infant, and Early Childhood Home Visiting (MIECHV) grantees, this brief tells the story of the transformational impact that Tribal MIECHV can have in communities.

Human Trafficking: Action Needed to Identify the Number of Native American Victims Receiving Federally-Funded Services: Highlights of GAO-17-325, a Report to Congressional Requesters.
Author: United States Government Accountability Office.
Published: March 2017
Information: This fact sheet summarizes the findings of a study that examined Native American human trafficking and federal efforts to address human trafficking. It investigated the extent to which agencies collect and maintain data on investigations and prosecutions of human trafficking in Indian country or of Native Americans regardless of location, the availability of federal grant programs to help address such trafficking, and how many Native American trafficking victims have received assistance through these programs.

The Relationship between Cultural Identification, Family Socialization and Adolescent Alcohol Use among Native American Families.
Author: Urbaeva, Zhyldyz. Booth, Jaime M. Wei, Kai.
Published: October 2017
Journal: Journal of Child and Family Studies, Vol. 26, No. 12 , p. 2681-2693
Information: The current study aimed to test the relationship between family identification with Native American culture and alcohol use among Native American families residing on or near a reservation, and determine if this relationship was mediated by family socialization practices.

Policy Legislation and Law

Unequal Playing Field?: State Differences in Spending on Children in 2013.
Low-Income Working Families Research Report
Author: Isaacs, Julia B. Edelstein, Sara. Urban Institute.
Published: April 2017
Information: This report shares findings from a study that examined how much States spend on children, including education, health, income security, and social services spending, compared the spending in different States, and considered the implications of these differences using data from 2013.

Promising Practices

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Alaska Native Grandparents Rearing Grandchildren: A Rural Community Story.
Author: Henderson, Tammy L. Dinh, Minh. Morgan, Kerry. Lewis, Jordan.
Published: March 2017
Journal: Journal of Family Issues, Vol. 38, No. 4 , p. 547-572
Information: The article explored the reasons Native grandparents reared or are rearing their grandchildren, challenges rearing grandchildren, and the joys of grandparenthood.

Strategies for Successfully Recruiting and Retaining Preferred- Placement Foster Homes for American Indian Children: Maintaining Culture and Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act.
Author(s): Killos, Lydia. Lucero, Nancy. Kauffmann, Megan. Brammer, Misty J. Freemont, Sheri. Maher, Erin.
Published: March 2017
Information: This brief highlights strategies used by tribal and State teams working to increase the number of foster parents for American Indian children and reflect children’s culture and comply with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).

Provider Resources

Exploring the Tribal Information Exchange – Webinar Recording
The Capacity Building Center for Tribes, with guidance from a group of national native child welfare experts, values providing culturally responsive materials and tools for growth to tribal social service professionals and communities. To better support this commitment and value, the Tribal Information Exchange was created as a complement to our Capacity Building Collaborative website. This website provides easy to access content that focuses on tribal topics, a space for tribes to share and learn from one another, and hundreds of tribal resources from the Center for Tribes and beyond.

ICWA Guide – now an app!
Our Children, Our Sovereignty, Our Culture, Our Choice
Access our ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders online or download it as a PDF! On a tablet or smartphone? The online version can be saved to your home screen as an app for easy offline access! Developed by Tribal Leaders, Tribal child welfare staff, and knowledgeable ICWA experts, the purpose of this Guide is to recommend actions that tribal leadership can take towards ensuring compliance with ICWA. You can also download our printable poster to hang in your office.

Presentation Tips for Tribal Child Welfare Professionals
This interactive guide is designed to assist Tribal child welfare professionals prepare for presenting by addressing all four areas of the medicine wheel: mind, emotion, body, and spirit. We hope you find this new resource helpful as you prepare for presentations in court or before your tribal leaders.

Stages of Change
As you begin a journey through systems change, our new interactive graphic, Stages of Change, can help! Outlining the five stages of change, this new tool provides brief user-friendly information with links to additional resources. You can also view our one-page handout on the five different stages of change for easy reference.

Tribal Sex Offender Registration Code. 2017 Revised Version
Author: United States Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking (SMART). United States Office of Justice Programs.
Federal Publication/Policy
Published: March 2017
Information: This federal document is intended to serve as a guide to full implementation of Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA), and to provide information that each Native American tribe should consider as it determines how to substantially implement SORNA.

What is Title IV-E?
Designed to guide interested Tribes through the basics of Title IV-E, this brief user-friendly module allows users to explore the federal funding option at their own pace and learn more about potential benefits and challenges that may be encountered. Interactive tools will help Tribal leaders and staff decide whether they’d like to move forward with the application process and how to get started.

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.


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

Native Arts and Cultures Foundation Issues Call for Applications for Mentor Artist Fellowship
Deadline: November 6, 2017
Information: Mentors will develop lesson plans intended to increase their apprentice’s skill level, and provide an experience of intergenerational exchange of cultural knowledge within the apprentice’s traditional arts or contemporary visual arts practices.

Champions for Change
Deadline: November 10, 2017
Information: The Champions for Change program is designed to recognize positive youth-led efforts, share stories of inspiration, and help young leaders develop their advocacy skills. Apply today or share the application with other young Native leaders in your network.

Laura and John Arnold Foundation Issues RFP for Interventions for People Who Cycle Through Multiple Systems
Deadline: October 1, 2017
Information: Grants will be awarded for randomized controlled trials focused on testing programs to help people who repeatedly cycle through the criminal justice, healthcare, and social service systems in their communities.

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.


October 2, 2017
FASD & the Law

Healthy Native Nation & Disability Rights California
FREE half day training
9:00 am – 1:00 pm
San Pasqual’s Tribal Hall

October 5-9, 2017
20th Annual Indigenous Peoples Days Celebration
Sycamore Ranch Park
5390 Hwy 20
Browns Valley, CA 95918

October 7, 2017
Pechanga is hosting their 3rd Annual American Indian College & Career Expo on Saturday, October 7, 2017.
The event is scheduled to go from 10-1 and we will have 4-year colleges, community and technical colleges, police, fire, and rescue services, as well as branches of the military in attendance as career options for native youth. There will be free workshops on College Prep Timelines and Financial Aid. Afterward from 1-2 we will have music, food, and raffle for the youth at the park.

Please share this agenda with anyone who might have youth interested. If you have any questions shoot me an email or call Wayne Dashiell: jdashiell@pechanga-nsn.gov

October 9, 2017 and November 23, 2017
Alcatraz Indigenous People’s Sunrise Gathering
Book your reservation, don’t delay!

October 10, 2017
California Indians, Colonization & Cultural Revival, lecture with two leading scholars
Aloud at Central Library
630 W 5th St
Los Angeles, California

October 13-15, 2017
2017 22nd Annual San Manuel Pow Wow
Cal State San Bernardino:
5500 University Parkway
San Bernardino, CA 92407

October 13-15, 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

October 14, 2017
Auburn Big Time Pow Wow
Gold Country Fairgrounds
1273 High Street, Auburn, Ca 95603
From 10am to 9pm
Contact: www.sierranativealliance.org

October 14, 2017
Acorn Day
10 a.m.-2 p.m.
State Indian Museum
2618 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

October 13-15, 2017
Chukchansi Picayune Rancheria Pow Wow
Coarsegold Historic Village
35300 Highway 41
Coarsegold, CA 93614
chukchansitribe.net | facebook.com/ Chukchansi-Pow-Wow- 124501257563625/

October 14-15, 2017
Handgames |  Horseshoe
Chukchansi Pow Wow

November 2, 2017
7th Generation meeting

Riverside County

November 4, 2017
Native American Gathering
California State University, Monterey Bay
100 Campus Ctr, Seaside, California 93955

November 4-5, 2017
Southern California Indian Center Cultural Festival Annual Pow Wow
OC Fair & Event Center
88 Fair Drive
Costa Mesa, CA

November 04 – 05, 2017
Santa Fe Springs Pow Wow 2017
10AM – 10PM Saturday, 10AM – 7PM Sunday
Heritage Park, 12100 Mora Dr
Santa Fe Springs, CA 90670
Contact: 520-272-2802; bbrightcloud@hotmail.com

November 11-12, 2017
American Indian Arts Marketplace
4700 Western Heritage Way
Los Angeles, CA 90027
(323) 667-2000

November 18, 2017
Basketweavers Demonstration Day
State Indian Museum
2618 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

November 24-25, 2017
Indian Arts & Crafts Holiday Fair
State Indian Museum
2618 K Street
Sacramento, CA 95816

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

December 2, 2017
All Nations Craft Fair
Maidu Community Center
Roseville, CA

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
*Note the pre-requisite to attend these trainings is a 60-90 minute eLearning on ICWA Introduction. For registration please contact:
Sunni Dominguez – SADOMINGUEZ@sdsu.edu or call 619-594-6107.

October 12, 2017
ICWA: Riverside

October 19, 2017
ICWA: Riverside

October 26, 2017
ICWA: Riverside

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.

Next training: TBA

ICWA Bias, Media and Historical Context eLearning: This eLearning course will explore how media and propaganda have affected our perceptions resulting in a bias toward American Indians. During this course you will be asked to identify three events in American history related to American Indians – and what do these events have in common?


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

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General information, pertinent articles and resources related to Native American Foster Youth can be sent to us at tstar@mail.sdsu.edu for inclusion in the the next edition of the Tribal STAR eNewsletter.  Whenever possible please make submissions 3 weeks prior to publication of the next newsletter.  The next issue will be published the first week of November. All submissions will be reviewed and are published at the sole discretion of the Tribal STAR editorial staff.

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