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Adam Osuna on the Rez

(3 minutes)

Erwin Osuna and his younger brother, Adam, grew up on the Rincon Indian Reservation until they were taken in by a white foster family in Julian, CA. Here Adam discusses his childhood, his experiences as a foster child, and life on the reservation.




Erwin Osuna

(4 minutes)

Erwin Osuna and his younger brother, Adam, grew up on the Rincon Indian Reservation until they were taken in by a white foster family in Julian, CA. Here Adam discusses his childhood, his experiences as a foster child, and life on the reservation.

 


For Future Generations: Justine

The Tribal STAR Digital Stories is contains personal accounts of being touched by the child welfare system. Justine’s Story: For Future Generations is shared from the perspective of a Tribal youth, who has been touched by state and Indian Child welfare systems, she gives advice to case managers and other youth on the journey.

After you have viewed the video, please take a moment to answer these reflection questions?

Justine mentioned receiving support from key individuals during her time in care. How did this support make a difference for Justine?

In what ways can the child welfare system support a Tribal youth’s process on connecting with their culture?


Paul’s Story: Forever Hurt

The Tribal STAR Digital Stories contains personal accounts of being touched by the child welfare system. Paul’s Story: Forever Hurt is an account of a father who’s daughter was affected by both the state and Indian Child welfare systems.

After you have viewed the video, please take a moment to answer these reflection questions.

How is Paul affected by these events and decisions during this case?

What is the potential effect of events and decisions on Paul’s daughter?

What role does culture play in this example?


Wakeem’s Story: Finding Connection

The Tribal STAR Digital Stories contains personal accounts of being touched by the child welfare system. Wakeem’s Story: Finding Connection is an account of a challenged Tribal youth who is reconnecting with heritage and tribal relations.

After you have viewed the video, please take a moment to answer these reflection questions.

At what point did Phil stop being just a good social worker and become like a family to Wakeem (“his stationary point”)?

In what ways did Susan and Phil work to connect Wakeem with his culture?

Why was it important for Wakeem to be connected to services such as the Regional Center? How will this help in the future.


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