NICWA NEWS Quarterly Newsletter • Winter 2018
ICWA litigation updates, our 36th Annual Conference travels to Alaska & more inside!
See how you can be a NICWA advocate with the “Get Involved” tear-out page!
National Indian Child Welfare Association 5100 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 300 Portland, Oregon 97239 P (503) 222-4044 F (503) 222-4007 www.nicwa.org
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is a private nonprofit, membership-based organization dedicated to the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families. Headquartered in Portland, Oregon, NICWA serves tribes, individuals, and private organizations throughout the United States and Canada by serving as the most comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare and acting as the only national Native organization focused on building tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect.
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is dedicated to the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families.
Board of Directors
President Gil Vigil (Tesuque Pueblo) Vice President Rochelle Ettawageshik (Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians) Secretary W. Alex Wesaw (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi) Treasurer Gary Peterson, MSW (Skokomish) Members Teressa Baldwin (Inupiaq) Luke Madrigal (Cahuilla Band of Indians) Patricia Carter-Goodheart (Nez Perce) Angela Connor (Choctaw) Aurene Martin (Bad River Band of Lake Superior Chippewa) Cassondra Church (Pokagon Band of Potawatomi) Robert McGhee (Poarch Band of Creek Indians) Theodore Nelson, Sr. (Seminole Tribe of Florida) Paul Day (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) Mary Tenorio, PhD, RN (Santo Domingo) Jocelyn Formsma (Swampy Cree) Derek Valdo (Acoma Pueblo) Debra Foxcroft (Tseshaht)
Board of Trustees
John Shagonaby (Match-e-be-nash-she-wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians) Brad Earl (Nez Perce descent) Sherry Salway Black (Oglala Lakota) Allard Teeple (Bay Mills Indian Community) Victor Rocha (Pechanga Band of LuiseĂąo Indians)
Founder and Senior Advisor Terry Cross (Seneca)
Sarah Kastelic (Alutiiq)
NICWA News is the quarterly newsletter for members and donors of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. Membership is available in multiple levels starting at $35. For reprint requests, additional copies, or other information, contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
NICWA Staff visit a tribal Head Start program each December to give back to the local community
Message from the Executive Director Dear NICWA Members, Sponsors, Donors, and Friends, With this issue of NICWA News, we kick off the celebration of NICWA’s 35th year of service to Indian Country. Thinking about our 35th birthday, I am reminded of the many significant milestones and accomplishments of our organization as well as my own personal history with NICWA and the role that NICWA and its leadership played in shaping my career, long before I ever became a NICWA staff member. As a key institution in Indian Country, NICWA is known for our relentless advocacy for policies and practice that promote the best interests of Native children. We are known for our work in partnership with tribal communities, providing technical assistance and consultation to help change and integrate systems to better serve families and children. We are known as a reliable source of information, the organization that answers the phone calls of more than 1,000 people every year who are trying to understand ICWA and families that are trying to navigate the child welfare system. In our 35th year, we remain steadfastly dedicated to the work that makes the biggest impact on Native communities: working with tribes to build the protective capacity of our families and communities to keep children safe, give them a strong sense of identity, and keep them connected to their family and culture. Our accomplishments over the years have been significant: • We conducted the initial research about the lack of children’s mental health services in Indian Country that supported the development and funding of tribal Circles of Care and Systems of Care; • We’ve created more than 20 curriculum, including Heritage and Helping and Positive Indian Parenting; • We have trained 10,165 people over the last 10 years; • More than 44,338 visitors come to our website for information each month; • Along with many partners and allies, we advocated for the 2016 legally binding regulations and best practice guidelines that clarify the correct implementation of ICWA; and • In the last 20 years, we’ve helped to bring more than $3 billion in new federal human services funding to Indian Country by opening up funding streams previously reserved for states or counties to tribal governments. It’s been three years since I assumed leadership of NICWA, and on the cusp of our 35th birthday, I’m working with our incredibly devoted and passionate board of directors to chart our future course through our next fiveyear strategic plan. As we reflect on our 35 years of service, we’re inspired by those that came before us, who laid the foundation on which we now stand. We’re struck by the awesome responsibility of continuing to elevate our voice, to defend ICWA, and to be the warriors that our ancestors prayed into being- in this place and uncertain time. At our annual conference in April 2018 in Anchorage, Alaska, we’ll have activities to celebrate our birthday together, and we’ll roll out our 2018–2023 strategic plan. Please make plans to join us! Sincerely, Sarah Kastelic, PhD
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Message from the Executive Director 3. Policy Updates 4. Protecting Indigenous Children 4. New Tribal Youth M.O.V.E. Chapter 5. Where We’ve Been 5. 36th Annual Conference Travels to Anchorage 6. “Get Involved” Tear-Out 8. Decolonizing Child Welfare 9. Elevating the Voices of Native Grandfamilies 10. 2017 | 3Members 11. New &Fall Renewing
Protecting Indigenous Children: Three Lessons Australia could Learn from the United States
1. Strengthen legislative protections to empower Aboriginal communities in the care and protection of Aboriginal children. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) is a key piece of legislation in the USA that empowers Indigenous communities to fulfil their sacred responsibilities regarding their children. While no piece of legislation is perfect, ICWA provides a clear framework for the relationship between tribes and statutory authorities with respect to the safety, welfare, and well-being of Native children. These provisions mandate the involvement of the child’s community in all child protection decision-making, including making decisions through their own processes that are respected alongside state authorities, and holding state authorities accountable to their responsibility to proactively strengthen Indigenous families. To read the rest of this article, please visit NICWA’s website at www.nicwa.org.
By Guest Author: Dr. Paul Gray, Executive Leader of Strategy, Policy and Engagement at AbSec (reprinted with permission) The Aboriginal Child, Family and Community Care State Secretariat (AbSec) was privileged to host Dr. Sarah Kastelic, Executive Director of the United States’ National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA), who recently joined us for a workshop to share knowledge between our countries. NICWA is similar in mission to AbSec, the peak body for Aboriginal children and families in the Australian state of New South Wales (as well as the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care, the Australian national peak body). We want to see our young people secure in their Indigenous identity, spiritually strong, and safe at home with their families, communities, and culture. In both the US and Australia, our Indigenous children are more likely to be removed from their families and communities by child protection authorities. In the US, in some states, American Indian/Alaska Native children make up nearly half of all people under 18 in care; while in Australia, Aboriginal, and Torres Strait Islander children are more than 10 times more likely to be placed in care than non-Indigenous young people. A key goal for both NICWA and AbSec is to support our children and strengthen our families, ensuring that our next generations reach their full potential. For this to happen, we believe it’s crucial for our children to grow up in their own supportive communities and connected to their culture. This shared mission reflects the similar challenges that our communities face. We both continue to struggle against colonization, including the forced removal of Indigenous children from their families, communities, and culture, and the ongoing impacts of these processes on our families and communities today. Indigenous communities in both the United States and Australia recognize that a child and family system oriented towards the removal of children from their family and community is destined to fail the very children it is obligated to protect. In both countries, state authorities privilege non-Indigenous knowledge and expertise, and impose these ways of being on Indigenous children and families, marginalizing the knowledge and expertise of peoples who have been caring for our children for thousands of generations. Too often, we must justify the enjoyment of our rights to the satisfaction of these external authorities. Critically, our communities are chronically underfunded to meet the needs of our families, with investment in Indigenous services only a fraction of our representation within state authorities. Comparisons between our countries are particularly important at this time, given recent and ongoing reforms for out-of-home care permanency in NSW inspired by approaches in Illinois and New York. While the NSW Government takes inspiration from these approaches, it has not meaningfully engaged with the broader contextual differences between the American setting and the local one, or acknowledged specific protections that exist for Native American children which do not exist in Australia. Some of these protections are outlined below, along with recommendations for how they could be applied here in NSW. National Indian Child Welfare Association | NICWA News
State of Texas Joins Foster Parents to Challenge ICWA and 2016 Regulations On October 25, 2017, the State of Texas and two non-Indian foster parents filed a lawsuit in a Northern Texas Federal District Court challenging the constitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and the 2016 federal regulations (Texas v. Zinke). The foster parents contend that ICWA interferes with their right to adopt an Indian child, and the State of Texas alleges that ICWA is unconstitutional, and they should not have to enforce it. The lawsuit has broad implications for tribes beyond ICWA, including challenges to foundational principles and law regarding the federal-tribal relationship. You can see a copy of an article on the lawsuit in the Texas Tribune (goo.gl/ Jqr6qH). The state court and state child welfare agency complied with ICWA and were working with the child’s tribes to locate a permanent placement when the foster parents petitioned to adopt the child following the termination of parental rights of the birth parents. The state court concluded the foster family did not meet the placement preferences of ICWA and did not prove good cause existed to deviate from the placement preferences. The foster parents then filed an appeal in a state appellate court immediately followed by the filing of a federal lawsuit with the State of Texas before the appeal in the state appellate court was heard. The federal lawsuit challenges ICWA on constitutional grounds and is the first lawsuit filed by a state challenging ICWA. The defendant in the lawsuit is the federal government. No tribes have been named in the lawsuit, although the Indian child is eligible for membership in both Navajo Nation and Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma, and the tribes have an interest in the welfare of this child. The State of Texas and the foster parents have both shared claims and separate claims. You can find a description of the claims on Turtle Talk at turtletalk.wordpress.com/icwa/texasregulations-challenge/. These claims attack the constitutionality of ICWA, the regulations, and even the basis for the federal trust responsibility and overall federal-tribal relationship. The ICWA Defense Project (National Indian Child Welfare Association, Native American Rights Fund, National Congress of American Indians, and the Michigan State University Indian Law Clinic’s ICWA Appellate Project) is working with tribes and other allies to defend the Indian child’s rights and ICWA in this case. If you are interested in learning more about how you can support the ICWA Defense Project’s work on this case or receive additional information, please contact David Simmons at NICWA (email@example.com). Note: after the writing of this article, an amended complaint was filed: See complaint at goo.gl/tGSFhU. Additional state parties Indiana and Louisiana joined the suit; additional Indian children from White Earth Nation and Ysleta del Sur Pueblo are involved.
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&Notes News from N I C WA
Wisdom Circle Scholarship NICWA awards one merit-based scholarship each year, up to $500, to one of our NICWA members who works in or with the Indian child welfare (ICW) field, and who demonstrates significant motivation in advancing their education or professional skills. To be eligible, you: • Must be a current NICWA member • Must be doing Indian child welfare-related work in one the following fields: - Social Work - Law - Policy - Research - Education - Tribal Sovereignty/Human Rights - Behavioral/Mental Health and Wellness Our 2017 winner, Denise Jefferson from the Nooksack Tribe in Washington State, used it to help pay for her tuition for social work courses at the University of Washington. The application deadline is 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on March 1, 2018. Application forms can be obtained on the “Membership” page of our website at nicwa.org/membership or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Nebraska Society of Care Becomes Tribal Youth M.O.V.E. Chapter Congratulations to the newest tribal Youth “Motivating Others through Voices of Experience” (M.O.V.E.) chapter, Society of Care Youth M.O.V.E., based in Lincoln, Nebraska. The Society of Care Youth M.O.V.E. chapter is a truly unique development. Not only is it just the fourth tribally focused Youth M.O.V.E. chapter in the country, but it is also distinguished by the fact that it is a multi-site, statewide, tribal Youth M.O.V.E., covering all of Nebraska as well as the boarder community of White Cloud, Kansas (the government seat for the Iowa Tribe of Kansas and Nebraska). The new chapter is named after the tribal system of care that provides mental health and other support services to Native youth and families across Nebraska, called Society of Care. The successful application for Youth M.O.V.E. chapter status was spearheaded by Society of Care navigators in collaboration with Native youth in Lincoln, Omaha, Macy, and Alliance, Nebraska, and White Cloud, Kansas. Native youth from Winnebago, Santee, and Walthill, Nebraska are also included in the Society of Care Youth M.O.V.E.. A youth participant from White Cloud said, “It is nice to have supportive adults to help us get started, but it is also fun that this is something that we can lead and our ideas will be heard.”
Upcoming Training and Events April 15–18, 2018 Anchorage, Alaska 36th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference April 18–20, 2018 Anchorage, Alaska Training Institute
Where We’ve Been Every year, NICWA provides on-site training and technical assistance to dozens of communities in the US, Canda, and now Australia. Here is where we have been in 2017.
June 12–14, 2018 Portland, Oregon Training Institute September 18–20, 2018 Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Training Institute December 4–6, 2018 New Orleans, Louisiana Training Institute February 5–7, 2019 Palm Springs, California Training Institute
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36th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference travels to Anchorage We look forward to our 36th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference with great anticipation as we will be returning to Anchorage, Alaska. The NICWA community is honored to hold our premier conference in Alaska, home to the Iñupiat, Yup’ik, Aleut, Alutiiq, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian, and Athabaskan peoples who share a rich cultural heritage and beautiful expressions of culture. The Protecting Our Children Conference typically welcomes over 1,100 people working in multiple capacities within the field of Indian child welfare. Tribal leaders, social workers, judges, mental health professionals, and child welfare workers are among the multitude of professions who participate in our conference. This year, we are grateful to include artwork from a Yup’ik artist, Apayo Moore, whose self-portrait, featured as our conference art, reflects cultural identity through beauty, strength, and subsistence. Our conference theme pairs well with the artwork, featuring a moose and young family. This year, our theme is:
Embracing Resilience and Gratitude through Indigenous Subsistence and Medicine The theme acknowledges that while we continue to address social problems and the disproportionally high rates at which Alaska Native and American Indian children are removed from their families using tools such as the Indian Child Welfare Act, we simultaneously implement traditional and emerging best practices in urban and rural Native communities to ensure that our children are safe, healthy, and thriving. Colonization of Native land and thought has had devastating impacts on our communities, but we are still here. Our resilience to historical trauma arises from our strong cultural identities, which resist stereotypes; the relationships to our ancestors and our children; and our connection to our lands. We are grateful for our strength, knowing that the path to healing and balance lies within what we already knew all along. We welcome you to join with us on April 15–18, 2018, in Anchorage, Alaska, to celebrate resilience and strength in moving towards health and balance using the ceremonies, medicines, and practices that have guided us for generations. Choose between 65 workshops in the tracks of children’s mental health; child welfare, foster care, and adoption National Indian Child Welfare Association | NICWA News
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services; judicial and legal affairs; and youth and family involvement. Our general sessions each morning will highlight individuals, groups, tribes, and states who are leaders in best practice in Indian child welfare. We welcome students, elders, volunteers, our community and national partners, and many others to our conference. In addition to educational opportunities, we have many exciting activities, like cultural performances by local groups and a raffle with a trip to Hawaii. Exhibitors will also share about their services and sell beautiful Native arts and crafts. Finally, we will honor our Champion for Native Children, an individual who has made outstanding contributions to the well-being of Indigenous children and families, at our banquet celebration and celebrate our members at our membership reception. Registration is open now, and prices go up on March 8th, so register soon! Consider volunteering as a way to make conference registration more affordable. NICWA is eager to join forces with local and national partners to host one of the best conferences yet.
We hope you’ll join us at our 36th Annual Conference.
NICWA’s 2018 Member of the Year Award Nominate someone for NICWA’s 2018 Member or Program of the Year Award We are seeking nominations of a NICWA member or program that is doing good work, and we want to hear from you. NICWA’s annual Member of The Year award honors and recognizes an individual or organizational member of NICWA who has demonstrated outstanding service, contributions, and leadership in their profession, as well as involvement as a member of NICWA. Since our inception, NICWA’s purpose has been to protect and promote the best interest of Native children. Our work has been guided by our vision that every American Indian and Alaska Native child, should have access to community-based, culturally appropriate services which help them grow up safe, healthy, and spiritually strong – free from abuse, neglect, sexual exploitation, and the damaging effects of substance abuse. Our members are the embodiment of this work. You are all working hard toward a similar vision, and we want to recognize one of you for your work! Nominate yourself, your program, or a colleague or friend today! Our 2017 awardee, Jill Kehaulani Esch, in her role as the Minnesota Ombudsperson for American Indian Families, works to improve state compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). She investigates complaints for non-compliance with ICWA, the Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act, and other statutes and rules. She works to ensure policies are implemented that improve outcomes for Native children and families. This year, Jill has used her platform as NICWA 2017 Member of The Year to reach out to the tribes in her home state of Minnesota, as well as in neighboring states throughout the Midwest, about increasing their involvement with NICWA, about membership and other areas of our work, to increase ICWA compliance and keep Native children and their families together. Jill has also helped us to begin development of a NICWA Regional Ambassador Program which we hope to implement in the near future. We thank her so much for her continued enthusiasm and hard work on behalf of NICWA as our 2017 NICWA Member of The Year! Do you know a committed NICWA member who would make a great Member of The Year? The nomination deadline is 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on March 1, 2018. Nomination forms can be obtained on the “Membership” page of our website at nicwa.org/membership or by emailing email@example.com. National Indian Child Welfare Association | NICWA News
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Be an Advocate for Native Children! Our vision is that every Indian child must have access to community-based, culturally appropriate services that help them grow up safe, healthy, and spiritually strong. NICWA accomplishes this by helping tribes and other service providers implement programs that are culturally competent. When you join our membership, your involvement helps families stay together— and children to remain connected to their families and communities, to their identity and culture.
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As a member you will: • Grow your network! Be part of a nationwide network of professionals working in Indian child welfare. • Be informed! Get regular updates on important ICW best practice, policy, research, job and funding opportunities. • Get FREE training! Members can participate in our monthly webinars, conference calls, and podcasts. • Receive CEU’s and CLE’s to keep you accredited! Access ongoing professional development opportunities that are culturally competent, community based, and best practice. • Get discounts! Member discounts on professional development training, curriculum and merchandise. • Help our work to keep Native children and families together!
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NICWA is a strong voice for Native children and families. NICWA is a private, nonprofit, membership-based organization dedicated to the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families. NICWA serves tribes, individuals, and private organizations throughout the United States and Canada by serving as the most comprehensive source of information on American Indian child welfare and acting as the only national Native organization focused on building tribal capacity to prevent child abuse and neglect. Together, with our members and partners, we have made a positive impact on the lives of hundreds of thousands of Native children across 567 federally recognized tribes. Join NICWA’s movement for change today! National Indian Child Welfare Association 5100 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, Oregon 97239
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Programs Integrating Culture into Clinical Mental Health Practice Tribal System of Care (SOC) grantees are now blending clinical and cultural approaches to mental health treatment in unprecedented ways. While mainstream mental health models are based on the treatment of clinical diagnoses, American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) cultures approach mental health treatment through the application of cultural teachings and practices. Cultural approaches to healing have been shown to foster resilience and help prevent clinical problems in youth such as depression, suicide, and substance abuse. Despite the variation of cultural practices amongst tribal SOC grantees, all rely on their tribal culture as the foundation of mental health treatment for their communities and use cultural processes to engage in clinical treatment activities. Each tribal SOC uses a unique, historical, and place-based worldview to lend meaning to the clinical interventions that are rooted in each community’s indigenous language. Many tribal SOC grantees are integrating culture into clinical practice in community-based, schoolbased, family-based, and elder-involved programs. For example, the Tiwahe Glu Kini Pi System of Care at Sinte Gleska University on the Rosebud Sioux reservation in South Dakota integrates culture and clinical practice through equine assisted therapy. SOC Director, Marlies White Hat, reports that “The Horse Nation is providing healing because of the good spirit and gifts they bring and because the young people are able to learn the right way to live by participating in their tribal teachings and values. We have children and families who now want mental health services rather than avoiding treatment.” Equine assisted therapy is a component of broader individualized treatment plans for each child that include care coordination, wraparound services, family or individual therapy, and, for some, traditional healing with a medicine man. This integrated approach relies on cultural practice to deliver therapeutic interventions in a way that is sustainable and encourages family and youth participation. In order to educate Western-trained behavioral health staff members about the importance of cultural integration in clinical activities, tribal SOC grantees co-locate with clinical providers and cross-train staff. Community members, including elders, family members, and parents, are hired as members of behavioral health teams that provide family-centered care. These cultural healing methods are holistic, strength-based, and prevention focused.
Decolonizing Child Welfare: Technical Support for First Nations Over the last year, NICWA founder and senior advisor Terry Cross has made eight British Columbia (BC), Canada presentations on developing strategies to decolonize child welfare as part of efforts to explore a larger technical assistance role there. Five presentations were to First Nations health leaders and elected officials; the other three were to First Nations child welfare organizations and community stakeholders. All of the presentations focused on increasing self-determination and community-based services aimed at interrupting the cycle of trauma and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs). Recent policy changes in BC, Canada, have created opportunities for First Nations to develop their own indigenous models of child welfare, based on structuring safety and building family and community strengths. Currently, most First Nations families involved in child welfare services are served by the Province’s Ministry of Child and Family Development or delegated Aboriginal agencies. Delegated agencies are independent nonprofit charitable organizations that are governed by First Nations people but are not usually under the authority of a First Nations government. This structure is very different than in the United States. In addition, while operated by and for First Nations people, delegated agencies are required to operate under the same policies, procedures, and practice model as the Ministry. They also work with the Provincial courts in most areas. In the last several years, First Nations leaders have advocated for increasing community-based, self-governed and self-determined services, and delivery models. Some First Nations have developed their own programs and courts. NICWA’s guidance on providing greater self-determination National Indian Child Welfare Association | NICWA News
is based on the Touchstones of Hope, co-developed by NICWA and the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada in partnership with the Child Welfare League of America and the Centre for Excellence at the University of Toronto in 2005. The Touchstones, available at fncaringsociety.com/ touchstones-hope, outline five essential principles that together form a path for Indigenous defined and directed child welfare. The five Touchstones include: self-determination, culture and language, structural interventions, holistic approaches, and non-discrimination. NICWA has also developed a briefing paper on ACEs and health outcomes for First Nations leaders to illustrate the links between child maltreatment, trauma, and health. NICWA is helping leaders envision a child welfare system based on safety rather than one based on rescue and protection; one that doesn’t wait for bruises or abandonment but uses a community-based, in-home service approach to strengthen families and avoid unnecessary placement and the trauma of family disruption. NICWA hopes to continue this important work in partnership with First Nations communities in the future.
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Elevating Voices of Native American and African American Grandfamilies Generations United, in partnership with the National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) and A Second Chance, Inc., is launching a threeyear initiative, Grand Voices: Elevating and Strengthening African American and Native American Grandfamilies. The initiative will recruit and prepare family caregivers to join Generations United’s Grandfamilies Advocacy Network Demonstration (GrAND) Voices Network, a proven group of family caregiver advocates who educate, represent, and testify on behalf of grandparents and other relatives raising children. “About 2.6 million children live in grandfamilies. They are disproportionately children of color. Yet there are few proven supports available that honor their unique cultural strengths,” said Donna Butts, executive director of Generations United. “We’ve found our GrAND Voices Network to be very effective in telling grandfamilies’ important stories to better educate elected officials and other leaders. This investment in Native American and African American voices is important and powerful.” Cori Matthew, NICWA director of programs and policy, said, “It is with great honor and privilege that NICWA joins this project with Generations United and A Second Chance. It is so very important that our grandfamilies have a voice for our communities in raising awareness among federal and state policymakers and tribal leaders to advocate for change and influence policy, practice, and research.” “Native communities have always valued and worked hard to support our extended family networks. The natural helping systems in our communities need our grandfamilies to help safeguard and nurture the children in our communities. The opportunity to increase Native grandfamily participation in the Generations United Grandfamilies Network is an opportunity to raise our voices and increase support for our children and families,” added David Simmons, NICWA director of government affairs and advocacy. The Grand Voices project will engage grandfamily caregivers in raising awareness about family caregivers with federal and state policymakers and tribal leaders. It will also elevate visibility of grandfamilies in the press and elevate the valuable role and need for supportive services for grandfamilies. The Grand Voices project will include community-based projects to improve local supports and services for grandfamilies. It will culminate with the creation of toolkits and other resources for organizations serving Native American and African American grandfamilies and the release of an action agenda to promote evidence-based practices for serving the families. NICWA will recruit family caregivers to join the GrAND Voices Network. Twenty-five new members representing Native American and African American grandfamilies will be recruited and receive advocacy and storytelling training and education on policies that would help grandfamilies such as theirs. This training helps relative caregivers strengthen skills and increase their impact when meeting policymakers. They will be better equipped to address local advocacy needs. NICWA will recruit 12–13 families from the following states: Alaska, Michigan, Montana, New Mexico, and South Dakota. Do you have family caregivers to recommend for our network? Please email or call Cori Matthew with any questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (503) 222-4044. The deadline to apply is January 19th, 2018.
Thank you for standing together #4NativeChildren! Thanks to all who gave in our year-end fundraising efforts. We are proud to report that as of January 2nd, together, we raised $36,026 and exceeded our $35,000 goal in honor of our 35th anniversary year! With four more months to go in our fiscal year, and based on the continued outpouring of support, we have no doubt that we will be able to reach this goal. These dollars are crucial to our ability to carry National Indian Child Welfare Association | NICWA News
out policy and advocacy work, as often these are the hardest funds to raise. Because of your involvement, we will be able to continue to defend the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) and fight for families who deserve the protections this important law provides. Together, we have helped Native children stay connected to their families and communities, to their identities—and their culture. On the behalf of
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New & Renewing Members Individuals Abalone: Kiana Active Jennifer Andrashko Betty Barlese Martha Beard Jan-Ellen Bowman Chris Brewer Cheryl A. Byers Tiauna Carnes Vila Carr Vernon Carter Andrea Cazares-Diego Nola Coleman Tkay Estes Kim M. Ford Virginia L. Frank Euphemia P. Franklin Alexandria French Luann Fuentes Chaniel Grant Rebecca Green Lisa Greif Lillie Hall Heather L. Hansen Amanda Highfield Kristi Hill Constance Holdip Jennifer Houde Doris Houston Shawnee Inez Sophia Jackson Reanna E. Jacobs
Amy Johns Willie Johns Moses Jumper Linda Keway Corrie Kielty Jaynie Lewis-Garcia Tomasita Littlecrow Mildred Manuel Lisa Martinez Sarah McConnell David Montoya Sara Moore Linda Morceau Laura No Runner Darla Noll Dennis Noonan Silvia Obregon Moses Osceola Tina Osceola Stacie Oso Amy Perron Christy Pino Katie Pullen Barbara Ramsey Lynn J. Reer Crystal Rios Sylvia Rodriguez Andrew Dottie Rundles Donalyn Sarracino Lori Schaeffer Tara Sexton Jo-Ann Shyloski Christina Snider
Clarissa Stenstrom Lisa Tange Mary Tigertail Molly Tovar Jennifer Valdo George Wolfe Melissa Yazzie Teresa B. Zaffiro-Day Turquoise: Dolores S. Bigfoot Julie Braden Errlinda Castillo Carmelita Escamea Mary McCarthy Jeri Museth Shaneen Raining Bird-Hammond Leonard Smith Coral: Tricia Boodhoo Heather Capistrant LaVerne Demientieff Sharon Fleming Leah Lopez Leola McKenzie Tamera C. Shanker
Tribes & Organizations Cedar (*was Turquoise):
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American Indian Health & Family Services AMERIND Risk Management Corporation Barona Band of Mission Indians Denver Indian Family Resource Center, Inc. Enterprise Rancheria Four Feathers Counseling Nevada Division of Child and Family Services New York Council on Adoptable Children North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association Pala Band of Mission Indians Pechanga Band of LuiseĂąo Mission Indians Ponca Tribe of Nebraska Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation Redwood Valley Rancheria of Pomo Indians of California Santa Ynez Band of Chumash Indians Susanville Indian Rancheria
Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians
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