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Board of Directors


Our Message


Our Projects and Partners


Children’s Mental Health


Youth Engagement


Providing Resources and Information to Families


Spotlight on WPIC


Where We’ve Been




Government Affairs and Advocacy


Spotlight on Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl


Public Education and Communications


Donor Relations


Spotlight on Meyer Memorial Trust


Special Events




Spotlight on Fay Givens


Our Donors


Our Members


Financial Audit


NICWA BOARD OF DIRECTORS MAY 1, 2012–APRIL 30, 2013 Officers Gil Vigil, President (Tesuque Pueblo) Theodore Nelson, Sr., Vice President (Seminole Tribe of Florida) Rochelle Ettawageshik, Secretary (Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians) Gary Peterson, Treasurer (Skokomish) Board Members Marla Jean Big Boy (Oglala Lakota) Patricia Carter (Nez Perce) Angela Connor (Choctaw) Paul Day (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) Jennifer Elliott (Sac and Fox) Donne Fleagle (Athabaskan) Jocelyn Formsma (Swampy Cree) Debra Foxcroft (Tseshaht) Linda Logan (Oklahoma Choctaw) Maurice Lyons (Morongo Band of Mission Indians) Robbie McGhee (Poarch Band of Creek Indians) Mary F. Tenorio (Santo Domingo Pueblo) Derek C. Valdo (Pueblo of Acoma) W. Alex Wesaw (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi) Jeffrey C. Whelan (Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe) Board of Regents Brad Earl (Nez Perce descendent) David Powless (Oneida) Sherry Salway Black (Oglala Lakota) Don Sampson (Walla Walla) John Shagonaby (Potawatomi) Mike Tiger (Seminole Tribe of Florida) Council of Elders Anita Chisholm (Absentee Shawnee) William Clark (Cherokee) Don Milligan (Métis: Cree/Assiniboine, Yakama, Kootenai) Lola Sohappy (Warm Springs) Strategic Leadership Jefferson Keel (Chickasaw) Ernie Stevens, Jr. (Oneida)


MESSAGE FROM THE EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Thirty-five years ago, Congress enacted groundbreaking legislation, the impact of which has been arguably more profound than any other piece of federal Indian law in the modern era. On November 8, 1978, the Indian Child Welfare Act, otherwise known as ICWA, became law.

Thirty-five years later, we are still fighting for the rights promised to us by this groundbreaking law. This year provides an opportunity for reflection on all we have gained since ICWA’s passage and all we have yet to attain. In my 30 years leading the National Indian Child Welfare Association, there has never been a time like today. Currently, there is great opportunity to strengthen programs, services, and laws that protect our children and promote a safe and healthy way of life for them. At the same time, opposition to ICWA has never been so galvanized. Indian Country must similarly prepare itself to fight for the rights of our children.

In ICWA, Congress affirmed tribal authority to protect American Indian children through their own laws, courts, and services. It recognized that tribal courts are of commensurate standing to state courts. ICWA established minimum standards for states to follow in issues of custody and adoptions, giving the tribes the right to intervene in state court proceedings as full parties. In an extraordinary acknowledgment of tribal sovereign authority for the time, ICWA provided protection to all tribal citizens no matter where they resided. As such, ICWA served as catalyst for subsequent legislation that further restored the capacity of tribes to govern themselves and reinforced the era of self-determination for tribal nations.

NICWA remains committed to our work to uphold the principles embodied in the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978. We will continue to advocate that ICWA, the federal law whose protections we are guaranteed as citizens of the United States and of sovereign tribal nations, is enforced. We will work with our partners, constituents, and supporters to ensure that our programs and services continue to meet the needs of the families, tribes, and communities that lie at the heart of our mission.

ICWA was aimed at stopping the inappropriate removal of our children from their parents, extended families, tribes, and culture by non-Indians. In the 1970s, studies documented the horrifying experiences of thousands of American Indian families: one out of every four of our children was being removed from their families. Of these, 85 percent were placed in non-Indian homes. Often such placement meant these children were cut off forever from loving extended families, their culture, communities, and traditional way of life. The resulting trauma experienced by American Indian children, families, and entire tribes was as wounding as any assimilationist policy ever inflicted upon our people.

Thirty-five years ago, Congress attempted to bring healing to our people by enacting the Indian Child Welfare Act. In doing so, they also acknowledged the legitimacy of tribal sovereignty and supported our self-determination. As we reflect not just upon the last year of NICWA’s work as detailed in this report, but the broader implications of what lessons we have learned since ICWA’s passage, it is clear that we still have much to do. With your support, NICWA will continue to lead this very important work. Sincerely,

Terry L. Cross


OUR PROJECTS AND PARTNERS Much of NICWA’s work relies heavily on collaborative partnerships with those who share our goal of strengthening the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children. NICWA is unique in its ability to integrate these partnerships throughout our work in order to increase our capacity to contribute deeply to a wide array of issues and initiatives throughout Indian Country, academia, the philanthropic community, and elsewhere. From co-hosting summits dedicated to reducing the number of children placed outside the home unnecessarily to providing technical assistance to address children’s mental health, NICWA and its partners are committed to addressing all of the factors that contribute to child maltreatment, from birth through adolescence and across many areas. Here are our 2012–2013 projects and partners.




Alaska Child Welfare Disproportionality Reduction Project

• Western and Pacific Implementation Center (WPIC) • Central Council of Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska • Alaska Court Improvement Project • 15 tribal partners • State of Alaska • Casey Family Programs

To reduce the disproportionate out-of-home placement of Alaska Native children by the state child welfare system by providing training and technical assistance on in-home services, working with the courts, and licensing tribal foster homes

Building NICWA’s Information Services and Fee for Service Capacity

• San Manuel Band of Mission Indians

To enhance NICWA’s capacity to reach tribal communities with needed services





Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act (Title IV-E)

• Casey Family Programs • Chickasaw Nation • Lummi Nation • Navajo Nation • Shoshone-Bannock Tribe • Yurok Tribe

To assist tribal communities in developing their Title IV-E (the largest source of federal funding for child welfare) foster care, adoption assistance, and kinship programs

In-Home Services

• University of Iowa National Resource Center for In-Home Services

To provide technical assistance to tribal child welfare programs regarding in-home services administration, practice models, and delivery of services.

Juvenile Rights — Alternatives to Incarceration

• Annie E. Casey Foundation • Association on American Indian Affairs

To convene think tank meetings to formulate a national tribal juvenile rights agenda and to expand the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative to Indian Country

Logistical and Tribal Technical Assistance for Children’s Mental Health Services

• Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration • American Institutes for Research

To improve services and access to—and to expand—the array of coordinated, community-based, culturally and linguistically competent services and supports for children and youth with serious emotional disturbances and their families by providing technical assistance to tribal communities that have received system of care grants

Mobilizing Membership and Building Information Delivery Capacity

• M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust

To expand NICWA’s capacity to address the information needs of AI/AN communities, particularly for Indian child welfare professionals, and to strengthen and mobilize our membership network to ensure that all AI/ AN families have access to the information needed to advocate for the well-being of their children

Navajo Nation Child Welfare Systems Change Project

• W.K. Kellogg Foundation • Native Ways Federation

To complete the infrastructure to manage workplace giving and demonstrate workplace giving campaigns

Native Ways Federation Workplace Giving Project

• WPIC • Navajo Nation

To provide technical assistance and planning strategies to the Navajo Nation aimed at increasing family permanency

Oregon Native Youth Empowerment Project

• Native American Youth and Family Center • Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation • Collins Foundation • Oregon Community Foundation • Potlatch Fund • Spirit Mountain Community Fund

To empower the Native youth voice for advocacy in Oregon child welfare issues

Practice-Based Evidence Project: Tribal Youth Field Initiated Research and Evaluation Program

• Native American Youth and Family Center • Portland State University Research and Training Center on Family Support and Children’s Mental Health • The Cowlitz Indian Tribe

To develop a research method that allows communitybased organizations to document the effectiveness of their culturally based services

Promoting Systems Collaboration for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

• Center for Children and Family Futures • National Center for Substance Abuse and Child Welfare

To support technical assistance that improves systems and practice for families with substance use disorders who are involved in the child welfare system

Reconciliation in Child Welfare

• W.K. Kellogg Foundation America Healing Initiative

To foster reconciliation between Native communities and non-Indians to improve child welfare outcomes by acknowledging historic injustices and structural racism

Solution-Based Indian Child Welfare Training

• Washington State Department of Social and Health Services

To improve the quality of life for individuals and families in need through training on implementation of ICWA and to improve ICWA practices and cultural competency to create better outcomes for AI/AN children and families

Tribal Prescription Drug Abuse and Drug Endangered Children Training and Technical Assistance

• Lamar Associates, LLC • National Association of Drug Diversion Investigators • Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services

To provide technical assistance to law enforcement agencies, public health and prevention programs, and treatment providers to prevent drug use and provide treatment for drug users

Tribal Youth Victimization and Delinquency Project

• Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention • Prevent Child Abuse America • Institute for Social Policy • Research at Purdue University—Calumet

To conduct a study examining the relationship between juvenile delinquency and protective factors in Indian Country by collecting data on youth victimization, juvenile delinquency, and protective factors


CHILDREN’S MENTAL HEALTH NICWA’s Children’s Mental Health and Youth Engagement team provides technical assistance to tribal and urban Indian communities throughout the country that are implementing federal system of care grants from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. The system of care model is an organizational philosophy and framework that involves collaboration across systems, agencies, families, and youth for the purpose of improving services and access by expanding the array of services and supports for children and youth with serious emotional disturbance and their families. These communities are developing and improving children’s mental health services, ensuring that they are culturally competent, community-based, and driven by the youth and families that receive the services. Technical assistance builds capacity and strengthens the foundational framework to help grantees fulfill their intermediate and long-term systems of care outcomes. In 2012 and 2013, NICWA provided technical assistance to these system of care grantees: • Cherokee Nation (OK) • City of Richmond (CA) • Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan, Inc. (MI) • Lummi Nation (WA) • Mashantucket Pequot Nation (CT) • Mescalero Apache Tribe (NM) • Muscogee Creek Nation (OK) • Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (OR) • Pascua Yaqui (AZ) • Pueblo of San Felipe (NM) • Santee Sioux Nation (NE) • Sinte Gleska University (SD) NICWA’s technical assistance addressed a diverse array of issues and topics including tribal wraparound training, cultural competency, historical trauma, capacity building, and increasing youth involvement. In addition to receiving technical assistance from NICWA, grantees also received a quarterly digest on best practices in the system of care network and were briefed on the NICWA publication Medicaid Toolkit: A Tool for Building and Expanding upon Tribal Children’s Mental Health Delivery Systems, intended to help tribes expand their capacity to access new funding streams.


YOUTH ENGAGEMENT In recent years, NICWA has strategically increased the depth of its youth engagement activities at the suggestion of our board of directors. Recognizing that the inclusion of youth as not simply recipients of NICWA’s services but also in the designing and implementation of such programs and research, we completed several successful key youth engagement initiatives in 2012–2013. NICWA continued to partner with the Native American Youth and Family Center on a number of projects, including the development of the Oregon Youth Empowerment Project. Also conducted in coordination with the Confederated Tribes of Umatilla Indian Reservation, planning for this youth leadership and exchange program included participation in a youth summit. Throughout the year, NICWA also continued to offer its Photovoice Project to NAYA youth. In June, NICWA Youth Engagement Specialist Rudy Soto traveled to Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Sioux Reservation in South Dakota, to provide outreach and technical assistance to programs serving reservation youth. In July, NICWA co-presented at Georgetown University’s Training Institutes sponsored by the National Technical Assistance Center for Children’s Mental Health. Soto drew upon NICWA’s work in Indian Country to address the struggles and successes with urban Indian and reservation youth engagement and offer solutions to overcoming obstacles in providing mental health services to Native youth. In April, NICWA welcomed several Native youth leaders to its annual conference in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where they were featured prominently as panelists during a conference plenary session and throughout the gathering. Finally, NICWA continued to rely on our youth board members for input and guidance as our programming continues to evolve.


PROVIDING RESOURCES AND INFORMATION TO FAMILIES Every day, requests for information come in to NICWA in all forms—telephone, email, fax, via social media, mail, and even in person. While NICWA is unable to provide legal advice to those who inquire— we are not a direct service organization with that capacity—we nonetheless strive to connect the myriad parents, grandparents, relatives, attorneys, judges, tribal workers, social workers, directors of programs, adoptees, and adopters with referrals and resources that can properly assist them. NICWA continues to work with support from the M. J. Murdock Charitable Trust to mobilize its membership and build its information delivery system. Often the most emotionally challenging and rewarding aspect of our work, responding effectively to the nearly 1,000 inquiries we receive annually from those who request assistance navigating the complicated tribal child welfare system is central to our mission. There is no typical request. Some who reach out are in immediate crisis, while others need clarification on understanding the tenants and applications of the laws affecting tribal communities. Still, NICWA views each request as a call for help and works collectively to use our expertise and relationships within the field to respond appropriately.


SPOTLIGHT ON WPIC In the final year of the Western and Pacific Child Welfare Implementation Center (WPIC) contract through the Children’s Bureau, NICWA’s focus shifted to emphasize the sustainability of systems change between tribal and state partners in Alaska. NICWA, the primary training and technical assistance (TTA) provider, dedicated several on-site TTA trips to continue to build and strengthen the relationships, partnerships, and collaborations between tribal and state partners in regions not reached in the prior year. The purpose of the on-site TTA was to bring the discussion of systems change in Alaska’s child welfare system to each of the regions with local tribal child welfare workers, ICWA workers, Office of Children’s Services workers, and other key stakeholders. NICWA hosted two tribal leadership summits and tribal judicial institutes for Kawerak Social Services in Nome, Alaska, and Maniilaq Social Services in Kotzebue, Alaska. WPIC, NICWA, and tribal-state partners each recognized the importance of bringing the discussion of systems change to the frontline in order to sustain implementation of the Alaska systems change work. As the grant approached conclusion, stakeholders homed in on enhancing tribal and state child welfare workers’ capacity to effectively engage and communicate with the families and the staff they serve. Through strategic communication, barriers that may exist systemically and culturally that can affect the outcome of services provided can be overcome. The First Alaskans Institute and tribal and state partners have vowed to continue to partner and hold courageous conversations in order to continue moving forward in systems change. The Facing Foster Care in Alaska youth foster care group will also continue to be a key partner in the continued work of ensuring Alaska Native children remain home or safely in their tribal communities when possible. NICWA has been honored to serve the groundbreaking work forged by all stakeholders who have engaged with WPIC throughout the project’s duration.



Each year, NICWA’s technical assistance, fee-for-service, advocacy, training, and community development work takes us to dozens of tribal communities, both on-reservation and within urban centers. In 2012 and 2013, NICWA staff traveled to 25 different states to provide our assistance to those communities requesting our expertise. From Seminole Country in Florida and the halls of Congress in Washington, DC, to remote Alaska Native villages and the Four Corners Area of the Southwest, NICWA continued the programmatic work that is central to our organization’s mission.


2012-2013 TRAINING, FEE-FOR-SERVICE, AND TECHNICAL ASSISTANCE LOCATIONS AK Anchorage AK Bethel AK Dillingham AK Juneau AK Kotzebue AK Nanwalek AK Nome AK Old Harbor AK Seward AZ Flagstaff AZ Scottsdale AZ Tucson BC Chilliwak CA San Francisco CO Denver CT Hartford DC Washington

FL Hollywood IA Iowa City ID Lapwai IL Chicago LA New Orleans MA Plymouth MD Rockville ME Old Town MI Petosky MN Minneapolis MN Walker MT Box Elder MT Charlo MT Polson NC Asheville NJ Newark NM Alamo


NM Albuquerque NM Santa Anna Pueblo NV Reno OK Durant OK Okmulgee OR Portland TN Memphis WA Arlington WA Bellingham WA Centralia WA Everett WA Kent WA Olympia WA Seattle WA Tacoma WA Yakima WI Milwaukee

RESEARCH In 2013, NICWA began its second year of a three-year research project funded by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP). NICWA and its research partners, Portland State University’s Regional Research Institute (RRI) and the Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), are taking a closer look at the relationship between cultural identity and delinquency and generating evidence that when American Indian and Alaska Native youth achieve culturally based, communitydefined outcomes, delinquency is reduced. For nearly a decade, NICWA has partnered with NAYA and RRI to develop a practice-based evidence approach to outcome evaluation in Native youth and family programs. Using community-based participatory research methods, the research team engaged families, staff, elders, and youth at NAYA to identify their own indicators of the health and well-being of successful Native youth in the NAYA urban Indian community. The resulting “NAYA Assessment Tool” or “NAT” has been critical to improving programming and practice at NAYA. In addition to adding delinquency-related items to the NAT to track changes in delinquent behavior, the OJJDP research project has also focused on learning more about how NAYA’s cultural programming and organizational structures help youth in their programs. To this end, the research partners this past year also conducted a Photovoice project with NAYA youth, observations of the case management process, and interviews with NAYA youth and their youth advocates. Another important aspect of this research project is to expand the NAT’s use to other Native social service organizations. Under the OJJDP-funded project, the Cowlitz Indian Tribe has become the team’s tribal research partner to develop their own version of the NAT for use with clients at Cowlitz Health and Human Services. Because the measures in the original NAT were based on outcomes identified specifically by and for the NAYA community, the research partners repeated a series of focus groups—this time with Cowlitz Health and Human Services staff, elders, and youth—to determine if additional measures would be needed to create the “NAT-Cowlitz” or “NAT-C.” “What is interesting and very promising about this process,” explains NICWA director and co-investigator for the research project, Terry Cross, “is that Cowlitz members verified that the definitions of what is a successful Native youth are extremely similar to the NAYA communities. This is significant because we may be able to reliably replicate the work in more communities in the future.”


GOVERNMENT AFFAIRS AND ADVOCACY NICWA works to ensure that tribes have the rights and the resources to use their sovereign authority to protect and serve their children in child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice systems. Our Government Affairs and Advocacy Department conducts research, analyzes policies, educates the public, supports litigation efforts, and advocates, all in an effort to protect the integrity of the Indian Child Welfare Act, secure adequate budget appropriations for tribal child and family social service programs, and ensure that national programs respond to needs of tribal governments and families. NICWA is a nationally known leader that helps shape strong policies for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children. NICWA continues to be committed to the full implementation of, and full compliance with, the Indian Child Welfare Act. This year, NICWA worked closely with attorneys and tribal social service directors to challenge the practice of courts in South Dakota who were denying parents and tribes the right to meaningful hearings. We assisted the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe and the American Civil Liberties Union to ensure that this same issue was brought to federal court in a civil rights action on behalf of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Over this past year, as a tribal leader and NICWA board member, Robbie McGhee served on Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Secretary’s Tribal Advisory Committee (the STAC). The purpose of the STAC is to enhance the government-to-government relationship by providing space to share information, provide recommendations, and facilitate interactions between tribes and DHHS. NICWA Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy David Simmons served as McGhee’s technical advisor, and together they have used this opportunity to educate DHHS and tribal leadership on policies and programs relating to AI/AN children and families and to advocate for improvements. NICWA continued its efforts this year to help tribal governments with the challenging task of developing their own foster care programs under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act, the federal government’s primary funding source for child welfare. NICWA’s advocacy in the last two decades resulted in federal legislation that allowed tribes to operate their own Title IV-E programs directly for the first time. NICWA’s work has also resulted in our development of unique tribally specific tools and technical assistance approaches that we shared with the newest cohort of IV-E planning grantees at a meeting in December. NICWA continues to represent the interests of our constituents by providing informed testimony and comments that shape policy outcomes. NICWA presented testimony to Appropriations, Health and Human Services, Education and other agencies’ Congressional committees on programs serving AI/AN children and families. We provided recommendations to the Obama Administration on these programs and child welfare, family support, and children’s mental health services. Finally, we presented testimony at the state legislature and regional levels on ICWA and on solutions for improved tribal-state relations. While much of our work occurs behind the scenes, NICWA’s expertise and input continues to be in high demand from policymakers who strive to include the tribal perspective in their deliberations and decisionmaking.


SPOTLIGHT ON ADOPTIVE COUPLE V. BABY GIRL Much of NICWA’s attention, energies, and resources during 2012–2013 focused on the progression of the Baby Veronica case through the South Carolina state courts to the U.S. Supreme Court. On April 16, 2013, the Supreme Court heard oral arguments on the case that galvanized the attention of a nation and thrust the Indian Child Welfare Act into the national spotlight. Recognizing a widespread, well-organized campaign of misinformation regarding the details of this highly complex case involving a Cherokee father, his daughter, and the non-Indian couple who sought to adopt her, NICWA launched its own public education campaign in 2012. Creating a special section of the organization’s website to the case, NICWA developed tools and resources such as a case timeline; media fact-checking matrix; and access to official court documents that it shared with supporters, tribal leaders, key partners, the media, and other stakeholders. We conducted extensive outreach to the press, demanding equal air time and accountability from the media and connected reporters with accurate information and key interviewees. When the U.S. Supreme Court granted certiorari and agreed to hear the case, now named Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, NICWA worked alongside the National Congress of American Indians, the Native American Rights Fund, the Cherokee Nation, and the Brown family legal teams to contribute to legal strategy, outreach, and other efforts. NICWA assisted in the coordination and development of the amicus curiae briefs that were filed in support of Baby Girl. These “friends of the court” briefs are considered a vital way for those who are not official parties to the case to inform the Court of concerns, aspects of the case, and possible ramifications of the decision that may otherwise not be addressed. NICWA helped lead efforts to mobilize support and recruit supporters to sign on to the briefs, which led to an unprecedented outpouring of support from diverse stakeholders, all of whom submitted briefs, including: • 393 tribes and tribal organizations • The United States of America • Attorneys general from 18 states • Current and former members of Congress • 18 national child advocacy organizations • Legal experts, academics, and religious organizations In addition, public education efforts resulted in favorable coverage in The New York Times, The Atlantic, the Associated Press, Colorlines, Indian Country Today, the Charleston Post & Courier, and other outlets. NICWA brought the media’s unwillingness to provide balanced coverage to national attention, turning the tide from egregious bias and misinformation in early reporting to equal air time and reporter accountability in later months. As NICWA’s fiscal year came to a close in April 2013, our contribution had supported the legal team for Baby Girl as strongly as we possibly could. It would now lie in the hands of the nine justices of the U.S. Supreme Court to decide her fate.


PUBLIC EDUCATION AND COMMUNICATIONS Providing accurate, timely, and thorough information on NICWA’s work is essential to keeping our supporters apprised of our activities. In 2012–2013 in particular, the Baby Veronica case resulted in an elevated national role for NICWA as a leader on issues including tribal child welfare, ICWA, Native children, and policy issues. As the case progressed to the U.S. Supreme Court, NICWA conducted extensive media outreach to promote Native experts who could speak on the case and on ICWA. During this time, we saw an explosion in our followers on social media and parlayed this interest into new ways of engaging our online community. In February, NICWA conducted its first fully crowd-sourced public service announcement (PSA) campaign via social media, “Culture Matters.” NICWA’s social media followers were asked to share photos that represented, to them, why culture matters in raising our children. These images were turned into PSAs that went viral almost instantly. By the end of the three-month campaign, the PSAs had garnered over one million unique views and were shared worldwide. In the months leading up to the Supreme Court hearing on the case, NICWA successfully used electronic communications to mobilize support for Baby Girl. Responding to urgent action e-blasts, email campaigns, and the power of social media, our constituents played a significant role in the unprecedented level of amicus support for Baby Girl and the Cherokee Nation. Media interest in the case reached near fever pitch during the week of NICWA’s annual conference held in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The conference garnered extensive media interest, including the national radio program Radiolab, Oklahoma public television, the national Indian media, and scores of local television and print media.


DONOR RELATIONS NICWA thanks our growing list of individual, tribal, foundation, and corporate donors and members for their significant contributions to the work that we do. We endeavor to provide the utmost accountability and transparency in all of our activities, from grassroots community programming to our financial operations to our long-term strategic plan for growth. We know that our work simply would not be possible if it were not for those donors who share our vision of a world where every Indian child has access to community-based, culturally appropriate services that will help them grow up safe, healthy, and spiritually strong.


SPOTLIGHT ON MEYER MEMORIAL TRUST NICWA is fortunate to have a long-standing relationship with a local private foundation, the Meyer Memorial Trust (MMT) in Portland, Oregon. Even before NICWA was incorporated, the Meyer Memorial Trust gave a grant to the Parry Center for Children to support the work of the Northwest Indian Child Welfare Institute, from which NICWA grew. That early grant helped launch Positive Indian Parenting, the cornerstone of NICWA’s curricula. Soon after NICWA was incorporated, MMT gave NICWA a start-up grant to transition from being under the umbrella of the Parry Center to being an independent organization having its own board. NICWA approached MMT for this early support because the trust had already provided critical funding for the organization’s early work in publications. After receiving the three-year start-up grant from MMT in 1988, NICWA was able to hire staff. Soon, NICWA was able to leverage these funds and truly expand our operations. Throughout our history, NICWA has continued to receive support from the trust at critical moments. Each time, the support has catalyzed and transformed our work. For example, in 1993, MMT funded work on NICWA’s Heritage and Helping curriculum and for child sexual abuse prevention training for Indian Head Start programs in the Northwest. Funding from the MMT in 2001 allowed NICWA to develop a certification program for tribal child welfare workers. In 2005, a capacity-building challenge grant helped build important infrastructure. When NICWA Executive Director Terry Cross began planning for NICWA’s executive transition, he approached MMT. Although the trust had not previously funded such a leadership transition, its demonstrated commitment to building NICWA’s capacity throughout the years led to the development of a groundbreaking executive transition plan that allows Cross and his successor, Sarah Kastelic, two years of working together to ensure a seamless transition. Such a model is beginning to be noticed throughout the nonprofit sector as an emerging best practice. Meyer Memorial Trust gave NICWA its first grant that launched a 25-year success story. At every critical moment of NICWA’s development, the trust has been there to support the organization through breakthrough and transformative periods, and we are pleased to have a proven track record of what a successful partnership should be all about.


SPECIAL EVENTS Throughout the year, the special events that NICWA hosts provide a valuable opportunity to engage with supporters, constituents, donors, and friends. In November, NICWA hosted its annual golf tournament at Soboba Springs Country Club in San Jacinto, California. Golfers traveled from all over the country to show their support. As a result of their generosity, NICWA raised over $30,000 for our continued work in Indian Country. Originally the brainchild of the late NICWA Board Member Maurice Lyons, the golf tournament has come to be a highlight of each year where old friends and supporters can meet, relax, and celebrate their support of NICWA in a lively round of golf. In addition to fundraising events like the golf tournament, NICWA also provides training and professional development opportunities within its roster of annual events. This year, our training institutes—professional development workshops and seminars on a variety of topics designed specifically for child welfare workers working with American Indian and Alaska Native populations—expanded by going “on the road” to cities including Portland, San Diego, Albuquerque, Tulsa, and Minneapolis. Nearly 180 people joined us and participated in the dozen trainings that were offered, enriching their professional expertise on topics including positive Indian parenting and ICWA.


Perhaps the greatest opportunity for NICWA to facilitate this exchange of knowledge, expertise, and support each year can be found in our annual conference. In April, NICWA hosted its 31st Annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Over 700 people from across the United States and Canada participated in 60 unique workshops and opportunities to network with others in the field of child welfare. This year’s conference took on an even greater emotional significance because of the national concern over the U.S. Supreme Court’s hearing of Adoptive Couple v. Baby Girl, otherwise known as the Baby Veronica case, which was scheduled for the week following the conference. Therefore, it was of great interest to our attendees that they could participate in plenary sessions and discussions featuring speakers intimately involved in the case. Chrissi Ross Nimmo, assistant attorney general for the nearby Cherokee Nation, Native American Rights Fund Staff Attorney Richard Guest, and University of South Carolina Law Professor Marcia Zug were among those on hand to comment on the immediate and long-term implications of the high-profile case. NICWA thanks every supporter who participated in our special events this year. Not only do we endeavor to provide our constituents with meaningful opportunities to engage with our work, we truly appreciate the opportunity to better understand the issues confronting the communities we serve.

MEMBERSHIP The 2012–2013 fiscal year was the strongest year of member support in the organization’s history. NICWA membership revenue—generated by dues and increasing the membership level of renewing members— increased by nearly 40%. This unprecedented growth in membership comes at a time when the need for our services is high. Member support helps NICWA demonstrate the importance and value of our work to protect Native children and families. NICWA’s membership network spans all regions of the United States and extends across international borders to as far away as Italy. It also represents an increasingly diverse group of professionals and community members—from foster parents and caseworkers to court officials and tribal leaders—who serve or support Native children and families in many different ways. As our membership grows, NICWA is working to increase member benefits and services to ensure we provide the most value to our members. In response to member feedback, we will continue to expand opportunities for member networking, including the development of an expanded directory to help connect members to share relevant experience and expertise. NICWA is pleased to welcome the newest members of our organization and thank them for joining us in our work to protect Native children and families. We also extend our true appreciation to the renewing members whose continued support has helped NICWA advance our mission year after year.


Photo Credit: E.L. Conley

SPOTLIGHT ON FAY GIVENS, NICWA MEMBER Fay Givens serves as the executive director of American Indian Services (AIS) in Lincoln Park, Michigan. She has been connected with AIS throughout most of her life, particularly in dealing with sacred places. “My interest was always with the community. I was most involved with trying to protect sacred sites in this area,” Fay explains. Fay began developing a relationship with NICWA through her close following of the 1989 ICWArelated Supreme Court case Mississippi Band of Choctaw Indians v. Holyfield. She felt tied to the case since children from her own family were taken for illegitimate reasons.

calling attention to ICWA violations, the rights of Indigenous peoples, and violence against women. Fay hopes to travel to Geneva, Switzerland, stating, “We hope to testify this summer on the committee to eliminate racial discrimination.” The sisters’ UN experience carries a lot of meaning for Fay. She explains, “I go there, and I know that I’m speaking for all the people that I work for here. I feel like I’m speaking for people who have no voice, and it’s an honoring and humbling experience.”

AIS engages in a variety of different child welfare projects. Fay is most excited about a recent project that attempts to provide foster care payments to Native and non-Native grandmothers, the majority of whom do not receive any financial support when raising their grandchildren. Fay has supported efforts to bring groups together from across the country to identify and secure a legislative sponsor who could propose legislation that would waive training requirements for foster grandparents. Such training is often mandatory in order to receive monthly foster care stipends for caregivers and has been cited as a significant barrier to foster grandparents’ access to such funding. Fay’s activism stretches into the international arena. Fay and her sister, Kay McGowan, have worked with the United Nations on a variety of different human rights issues since 2004. These include


In November 2011, Fay and her sister found another outlet for their activism with the premiere of her documentary, The Indian School: The Survivors Story. The film tells the story of a group of boarding school survivors who had been meeting in Lincoln Park every Thursday afternoon for years. “I was always compelled to tell their story in a broader way,” Fay explains, “I thought that if I could get them on film and tell their stories, it would serve to educate people all over the world about what happened at Indian boarding schools.” The film has been used by the U.S. Justice Department, the Michigan Supreme Court, and the United Nations Institute for Training and Research. Fay’s activism has already made a difference in the lives of many people. Still, when looking to the future, Fay sees plenty more to do and remains passionately motivated. “I’m excited for a lot of things. It never stops! There’s always something more I want to do. I want to tell these stories.” Fay has been a member of NICWA since 2010.


MAY 1, 2012–APRIL 30, 2013

INDIVIDUALS Jody Abrams Nicole Adams Cynthia Ahwinona in honor of Baby Veronica Susan Alexander Katherine Anderson Michael J. Anderson Anonymous Anonymous in honor or Baby Veronica Philip Baker-Shenk Tatiana Balachova Robin Ballenger Kimberly Barber Yvonne Barrett Korina Barry Elaine Barsotti R. Steve Beckett Tom Beckman in memory of Muriel Sharlow Thomas Beckstead Amanda Belshaw in honor of Baby Veronica Elaine Bennett Henryetta Bergstresser Rachel J. Bettencourt Philip Beyer Fannie L. Black Charlotte Bradford Misty J. Brammer Bruce W. Brown Season Brown Catherine Bryan Lillie Butler Carole Butzke Richard Carlson Mary A. Carter Vernon B. Carter James Cassidy Victor Chandler May M. Chang Julia Chapman Hettie Charboneau Anita Chisholm Ellery Choke Donna Chole Mary Clare James C. Clark on behalf of Douglas & Uon Clark and Philip & Eileen Hanna Troland Clay Debra Clayton Jonathan Clayton Melissa Clyde Ellen Cole Lee Collins Dale S. Collinson Angela Connor Alexis Contreras Alexis Contreras Stephanie Cook Elizabeth Copenhaver in memory of Bill Copenhaver Brianna Cortz Andrea Cousparis Heather Craig-Oldsen Dick Crane Jason Cross Suzanne Cross Terry Cross Billie Crosslin in honor of Diane Willis Thane Crozier Jan Culbertson Lisa E. D’Aunno Raju Dahlstrom Norman Davies Monica Davis-Johnson Richard J. De La Ronde Mary Dealoia Conita Desautel Craig Dorsay Brent Douglas

Linda Dreyer Jay Dudley David Duffy John EchoHawk Francine Eddy Jones Fran Eichenauer Marcella Elkins Terry Ellis Janet Emery John Emrick Rochelle Ettawageshik Earl Evans Laurie Evans Carmen Farmer Lauren Finkelstein Christy Finsel Rebecca Fish Donne Fleagle Julie Flint David Folks Harold Fontaine Jocelyn Formsma Kathleen Fox Debra Foxcroft David Frank Lisa French Barbara Friesen Donita Fry Beverly Funderburk Valorie Gaede Mark Garbrecht Tricia Gardner Kirk Garton Carol Gibner Edwin Gonzales-Santin Myrna Gooden Charlotte Goodluck in memory of Leslie Goodluck Jennifer Graber and Stacy Vlasits Marjorie Green Beatrice Griffin Richard Guest Daniel Guilfoyle Gerald Gurney Adele Guyer Lowell Halverson Iona Hansel Deborah Harden and Andrei SarnaWojcicki in honor of Margarent Sarna-Wojcicki Jessica Hargrove Beverly Harkness Naomi L. Harrington Darleene Harris Steven Harris Jacque Hensley Al Hiat Floyd Hodam Carolyn Horsman Martha Howell Yvonne Ito Julia Jaakola Timothy C. Jacobs Carol Johnson Judith A. Johnson Nancy Johnson Norma Joseph Sarah Kastelic Deborah Kay in honor of Diane Willis Sarah H. Keefe Darin Keewatin Edwin Kessler Hari Dass S. Khalsa W. Ray Kiogima Nikita Kirby Frances Kodaseet Charlene A. Krise Bryan Krizek Bryan Krizek Paul Krizek

Lisa Kupcho Carleen Kurip Sharon Laclair Michael Lann Samuel Lee Patricia Lenzi in honor of John Talley Richard Lincoln in honor of his brothers Jennifer Ling Carol Locust Linda Logan Lisa Lomas Mary Lupic Maurice Lyons Jasmine Majid in honor of Dr. Beverly Funderbunk Milton Markewitz Margaret Martin Sally Martinez Rhonda Martinez-McFarland Bonnie Mason Cori Mathew Rodney Mathews Mary Ann Mattoon Elaine Maurice Jerome Maxey Carl McFarland Kenneth McFeton Jen McHorse Deanna McKosato May Arun K. Meelyan Joseph F. Mellon Darrell Mike in honor of June Mike Leah Miller Nancy B. Miller in honor of Baby Veronica Amalia Monreal Tobias Moran Carolyn Morrison Greg Morsaw Martha Murray Arlene Naganashe Robert Neely Edith L. Nelson Kate Newton Morgan O’Brien Patrick O’Meara Patrick O’Reilly Amjad Oubari Joseph Paranteau Brittany Parker Samantha Pennington Fredia Perkins Gary Peterson Gary Peterson Yvonne Peterson David Pollock David Powless Maina Ptolemy Ray Ramirez Rachell Reeves Mary Ann Reitmeir James Rennard and Laurie Relling Joann Roan Sherry Robbins Mike Roberts Alan Romero Caren Romero Jacy Romero-Ontiveros Jennifer Rountree Mary Rutherford Sherry Salway-Black Julie Sanchez Tawna Sanchez Margie Sarna Isabel Sausjord James W. Schmitt Lisa Schnegg Matthew Scott Nancy Serna 23

Timothy C. Seward Mark D. Shelton Pam Silas David Simmons Lorraine Sinclair Anand K. Singh Rosie Sizer Matthew Slater Adrian Smith Darryl Smith in honor of Adrian Tobin Smith Rudy Soto Anita Soza Amanda Sprague Ann Sprayregen Carey Stadick in honor of Lucille Rabideaux Cal Stoltenberg Paul Strunk Kristie Swanson Robin Teater Mary F. Tenorio Quelynn Thomas Rayna Thomas Rachel Tobin-Smith in honor of Adrian Tobin Smith Glenda Toledo Tom Tremaine Jack Trope Derek Valdo Shilo Valle Jack M. Valpey Gil Vigil Anna Walker Marketa G. Walters David Warden Susie Wauneka Helen F. Weber Sandra White Hawk Virginia Whitekiller Brandelle Whitworth Janet Whitworth Natalie Wiegel Dawn Williams Colandra Willie Tonja Willie Diane J. Willis in memory of W.P. & Zelma B. Willis Linda Wilson Suzanne Wise Korinna M. Wolfe on behalf of Kenyon & Jackson Wolfe Mark Wolraich Blaine Wood James P. Wyatt Mike Yates April Ybarra Cynthia Young


MAY 1, 2011–APRIL 30, 2012

TRIBES/ALASKA NATIVE VILLAGES AND CORPORATIONS American Indian Services Bear River Band of the Rohnerville Rancheria Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Cher-Ae Heights Indian Community of the Trinidad Rancheria Chickasaw Nation Elk Valley Rancheria Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Kasokowew Child Wellness Society Kotzebue IRA Council Miami Nation of Oklahoma Muckleshoot Indian Tribe Native American Community Services Native Village of Point Lay IRA Council Nisqually Indian Tribe Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi Oneida Nation Foundation

Pala Band of Mission Indians Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona Poarch Band of Creek Indians Prairie Island Tribal Council Puyallup Tribe of Indians Rosebud Sioux Tribe Education Department Sac and Fox Nation Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe Seminole Tribe of Florida Skokomish Tribal Nation Stillaguamish Tribe of Indians Suquamish Tribe Tanana Chiefs Conference Weechi-it-te-win Family Services

FOUNDATIONS AND CORPORATIONS Alton Foundation Amerigroup Charitable Foundation AMERIND Risk Management Corporation Johnson Scholarship Foundation Portland General Electric Shawls by Sherry Shehan Consulting LLC The Regence Fund of the Oregon Community Foundation Wisdom of the Elders, Inc.

GOLF TOURNAMENT SUPPORTERS Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Aloha Academy of Golf Augustine Band of Cahuilla Indians Barona Band of Mission Indians Beat the Pro Goose Creek Gun Lake Casino Mitsubishi Cement Corporation Morongo Band of Mission Indians Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians

ANNUAL CONFERENCE SPONSORS Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Robin Ballenger Bluestone Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery, PA Chickasaw Nation Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Indian Child Welfare Comcast Corporation Forest County Potawatomi Foundation Handel Information Technologies, Inc. Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Tulsa Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Morongo Band of Mission Indians Muscogee (Creek) Nation Northeastern State University Osage Nation Social Services Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Sac and Fox Nation Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Standard Insurance



MAY 1, 2012–APRIL, 30, 2013

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS Associate Level Margaret Butler Joanna Donohoe Kathy Dorr John George James Gonzales Jefferson Keel Georgiana McGlamary Robert Miller Theodore Nelson Manuelita Ortiz Caren Romero Jacy Romero-Ontiveros Terryl J. Ross Sarah Saunders Nanette Silveroli Timothy Turner Lucille White Abalone Level Ruth Abeyta Susan Alexander Jody Alholinna Kristin Allen Joy Anderson Susan Armoni Winona Aubrey-Herzog Heather Baker Daniel L. Barbara Shirley Barber Dorothy Barton John E. Bassett Martha Beard Demeri Beil Claudia Bennington Laura L. Bentle John Berry Rachel J. Bettencourt Athena Bettger Angela Bibens Marla Jean Big Boy Robyn Black Feather Elizabeth T. Blue Julia Bogany Heidi Bosma Brianna Bragg Misty J. Brammer Terra Branson Nicole Brenny Lorena Burris Helene Buster Cheryl A. Byers Anna Campbell Liliana C. Cardona Patricia Carter-Goodheart Kelly Castel Cathy Chalmers Hettie Charboneau Corinne Chilson Jonathan Clayton William Coleman Robin Commanda Alexis Contreras Tania Cornelius Heather Craig-Oldsen Jason Cross Deborah Crouse Cobb Jennifer M. Cruze Raju Dahlstrom Joni Davis-Drake Mary Dawson Soma de Bourbon Karen Dellelo Michelle Demmert Virginia Drywater-Whitekiller Carmela DuBois Lindsay Dycus Lucille Echohawk Francine Eddy Jones Karla Eisen

Irene Eldridge Julie Ellefson Jennifer Elliott Frank Ettawageshik Rochelle Ettawageshik Daniel P. Fay Dawn Fisher-Smith Donne Fleagle Jocelyn Formsma Virginia Frank Eric Freeby Brenda Gilman-Bagwill Sherrill Givens-Denley Robert Gonzales Myrna Gooden Charlotte Goodluck Kris Goodwill Bonnie G. Gordon Jenine Grey Jess Grow Hodges Esther Grummel Adele Guyer Josephine Halfhide Dana Hanna Christine M. Harbour Ashley K. Harding Wendy Harris Lise Hayden Marcy Hayden Justin Heminger Kristi Hill Barbara Hitchcock Lea Ann Holder Desiree Hooper Judy Houck Brenda Houle Maggi Hutchason Jerry Isaac Gina Jackson Barbara James Debra Johns Nancy Johnston Francine Jones Dorothy E. Jordan Michele Justice Pam Karalunas Ellen Kemper Janet L. King Alisa Klein Carleen Kurip Kathleen Lagerquist Traci L. LaLiberte Pamela Lausche Linda Logan Lisa Lomas Evelyn Long Tamera Long Sandra L. Macauley Claudio Mantovani Cynthia Marchand-Cecil Margaret Martin Shary Mason Paul Matte Virginia Matte Terry McAnally Mary McCarthy Sarah McConnell Denise A. McCutcheon-Cloud Star McGruder Doreen N. McPaul Spring Medacco Winnie Mendivil Rita Mendoza Don Milligan Paul Minehart Taku Mineshita Val Miraglia Wendy Mitchell Sandy Momper Amalia Monreal

Jaymee Moore Carolee Morris Phoebe Morrison Jerene Museth William Myers Korina Nejo Edith L. Nelson Kate Newton Helen Norris Ina Olson Barbara Omaha Julianna Ormsby Barbara Palantone Susan Paquet Peter J. Pecora Gary Peterson Michael Polowy Emily Proctor Judi Raley-Higgins Lydia Ramirez Debra Ray Lynn J. Reer Sheri Riemers Barbara Ries Michelle M. Robertson Kathleen Ross Jennifer Rountree Dottie Rundles March Runnar Donna Russell Emily Matt Salois Carol M. Sanders Michelle Sanderson Margie Sarna Margaret Amy Schatkin Tina J. Schubert Deborah Scott David Sepetin Erin Shanley Patrick Shannon Regina Shelton Fridonna Shepard-Steele Lola Sohappy David J. Stepetin Nancylee Stewart Theresa Stewart Dennis Swain Kristie Swanson Nina Taylor Bernie Teba Mary Teegee Kim Thomas Misty Thomas Linda K. Thompson Jill Tompkins Lee Turney Jessica S. Ullrich Derek Valdo Luc van Hanuse Buffy Via Jalea Walker Vincent G. Wallulatum Kelli Weaver Alex Wesaw Penny Westing Virginia Whitekiller Brandelle Whitworth Natalie Wiegel Alischia Wilcox Jerry Williams Lisa Williams Harry Wilson Daniel Winkler Wilfred Yazzie Erma Yellowman Ruth Ziolkowski Turquoise Level Beverly Anderson Tammy Arellano 25

Anita Arnold Dan Aune Robin Ballenger Tonya Barnes Karen Blakeney Valerie Burgess Carole Butzke Adolphus Cameron Sybil P. Carof Anita Chisholm Monica Cox Thomas L. Crofoot Suzanne Cross Paul W. Day Janet Draper Nancy Dufraine Carmen Farmer Kathleen Fox Debra Foxcroft Kelly Gamboa Dana M. Geary Danielle Glenn-Rivera Lark GoodTracks Lisa Greif Robert Griffy Michael H. Guilfoyle Marian S. Harris Chuck Hunt Yvonne Ito Julia Jaakola Nadja Jones Frank Jozwiak Karen Kallen-Brown Sarah Kastelic Maria Laverde Rovianne Leigh Laura Lein Robert Lindecamp Allison Long Cynthia Mackay Elaine Madigan Marlaena Mann Wesley Martin Cori Matthew Rebecca McConkey Robert McGhee Annie Merritt William A. Metcalfe Nancy B. Miller Audrey Moser Sheri Nelson Jeanette Ninham Melissa Phipps Mary Prentiss Joe A. Quetone Ahniwake Rose Tanya Ross Monica Roth Day Matthew Scott Wanda Seppanen Tamera C. Shanker Carol L. Silva Beverly Skenandore Glenda Snyder Petra Solimon Lois Strong Mary F. Tenorio Teresita M. Tirona Dale Twedt Glenna Van Zant Gil Vigil Tamara Walters Michael Wells Coral Level Rick Alloway Katharine Cahn Isabel Cross Terry Cross Richard J. De La Ronde

INDIVIDUAL MEMBERS (CON’T) Barbara Eagle Fay Givens Leslie Johnson Aurene Martin Kathleen McKee Leola McKenzie Julie Sanchez David Simmons

Adrian Smith Vickie Steinhoff Sandra Stevens Marketa G. Walters Carol Watkins Jeffery Whelan

ORGANIZATION MEMBERS Associate Corporate Level Carlton County Public Health & Human Services CASA of Cherokee Country Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP Mapetsi Policy Group

St. Louis County Standard Insurance The Episcopal Church U. of Illinois at Chicago Jane Addams College of Social Work United Indians of All Tribes Foundation United Way of the Columbia-Willamette

Turquoise Level Ain Dah Yung Center Bluestone Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery PA Brain State Technologies Cenpatico of Arizona Crazy Horse Memorial Foundation Denver Indian Family Resource Center, Inc. Four Feathers Counseling Governors State University Handel Information Technologies Hobbs, Straus Dean & Walker, LLP Michigan State University National CASA Association National Resource Center for Youth Development Native American Children’s Alliance Native American Community Services NAYA Family Center Nebraska Urban Indian Health Coalition New York Council on Adoptable Children Northwest Adoption Exchange Oaks Indian Mission Sans Pareil Center for Children and Family Services

Coral Level Casey Family Programs-Arizona Casey Family Programs-Austin Casey Family Programs-Bay Area Casey Family Programs-Denver, Indian Child Welfare Program Casey Family Programs-Headquarters Casey Family Programs-Idaho Casey Family Programs-LA County Casey Family Programs-San Antonio Casey Family Programs-San Diego Casey Family Programs-Seattle Casey Family Programs-Yakima Comcast Corporation Indian Child and Family Services University of Kansas School of Social Welfare

TRIBAL MEMBERS Turquoise Level Aboriginal Children and Families Chiefs’ Coalition Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Alabama-Quassarte Tribal Town Allakaket Tribe Apache Tribe of Oklahoma ICW Prevention Program Barona Band of Mission Indians Bishop Paiute Tribe Blue Lake Rancheria Tribe Citizen Potawatomi Nation, Indian Child Welfare Colorado River Indian Tribes Confederated Salish & Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Reservation Cowlitz Indian Tribe Delaware Nation Delaware Tribe of Indians Eastern Shawnee Tribe of Oklahoma Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Iowa Tribe of Oklahoma Kiowa Indian Tribe of Oklahoma Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Little River Band of Ottawa Indians Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians Lower Brule Sioux Tribe Makah Nation Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe Mechoopda Indian Tribe of Chico Rancheria Mescalero Apache Tribe Early Childhood Program Miami Nation of Oklahoma Morongo Band of Mission Indians Nisqually Indian Tribe Nog-da-win-da-min Family and Community Services Nome Eskimo Community Pala Band of Mission Indians

Pinoleville Pomo Nation Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Pueblo of Acoma Pueblo of Tesuque Quapaw Tribe of Oklahoma Quinault Indian Nation Sac and Fox Nation Samish Indian Nation San Carlos Apache Nation Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Sauk-Suiattle Indian Tribe of Washington Seminole Nation of Oklahoma Sherwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California Six Nations of the Grand River Child & Family Services Small Tribes Organization of Western Washington Smith River Rancheria Soboba Band of Luiseño Indians Southcentral Foundation Susanville Indian Rancheria Tanana Chiefs Conference The Chehalis Tribe Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head (Aquinnah) of Massachusetts Washoe Tribe of Nevada and California Winnebago Tribe of Nebraska Ysleta del Sur Pueblo Coral Level Ak-Chin Indian Community Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas Anishinaabe Abinoojii Family Services Association of Village Council Presidents Chickasaw Nation Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma 26

Confederated Tribes of the Colville Reservation Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation Cook Inlet Tribal Council Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians Elk Valley Rancheria Forest County Potawatomi Foundation Greenville Rancheria Iliamna Village Council Jamestown S’Klallam Tribe Kalispel Tribe of Indians Las Vegas Paiute Tribe Lone Pine Paiute Shoshone Reservation Lummi Nation Miccosukee Tribe of Indians of Florida Muscogee (Creek) Nation Native Village of Port Lions Ohkay Owingeh Osage Nation Social Services Rincon Band of Luiseño Indians Saint Regis Mohawk Tribe South Puget Intertribal Planning Agency Sycuan Band of the Kumeyaay Nation Torres-Martinez Desert Cahuilla Indian Tribe Tulalip Tribes of Washington Tunica-Biloxi Tribe of Louisiana Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation

STATEMENT OF FINANCIAL POSITION ASSETS With Comparative Amounts for April 30, 2012



Cash and cash equivalents Accounts receivable Grants and contracts receivable, current portion Unbilled contract expenses Accounts receivable from employees Inventory Prepaid and other assets Total current assets

$76,318 30,428 554,434 172,537 2,372 63,985 52,637 952,711

$342,889 33,537 531,059 182,101 3,104 50,072 33,243 1,176,005

Grants receivable, long-term portion Capital assets, net of depreciation

- $11,712

362,850 $18,227




Line of credit $44,944 $68,881 Accounts payable 237,136 255,921 Accrued expenses - 10,351 Accrued payroll 9,108 7,385 Accrued compensated absences 61,421 47,160 Deferred revenue - 35,981 Total current liabilities



11,712 (64,918)

18,227 35,538



665,020 611,814

1,007,593 1,131,403



NET ASSETS Unrestricted: Investment in equipment Available for current operations Total unrestricted net assets Temporarily restricted Total net assets Total liabilities and net assets


STATEMENT OF ACTIVITIES AND CHANGES IN NET ASSETS For the Year Ended April 30, 2013 With Comparative Totals for April 30, 2012


Support and revenues: Grants and contracts Contributions Memberships Program service fees and reimbursements Conference and training revenue Product sales Interest income

$1,879,939 300,209 81,148 167,195 307,061 9,309 48 2,744,909

Assets released from restrictions: Satisfaction of program restrictions



Total support and revenues


(412,573) 2,886,894

Expenses: Program services Management and general Fund development

2,271,058 869,661 265,764

- - -

2,271,058 869,661 265,764

2,167,388 870,817 237,119

Total expenses





Change in net assets





Net assets, beginning of year





Net assets, end of year






Temporarily Restricted

$141,985 - - - - - - 141,985



$2,021,924 300,209 81,148 167,195 307,061 9,309 48 2,886,894 -


$3,284,309 232,057 53,681 192,111 317,403 19,070 74 4,098,705 4,098,705


NICWA Annual Report 2013  
NICWA Annual Report 2013