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INSTITUTO FAMILIAR DE LA RAZA Friendship House Association of American Indians Inc. of San Francisco

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11/2/12 @ 5-10 PM– 34th Annual Dia de los Muertos event @ IFR 11/2/12-11/10/12– 37th Annual American Indian Film Festival, for listings 11/7/12 @ 5-7:30 PM- American

American Indian Heritage Month

Indian Heritage Local Heroes event @ SF City Hall 11/7/12 @ 3-5 PM- 3rd Annual Bay Area Collaboration of American Indian Resources Human Services Agency Resource Fair @ 170 Otis St, SF 11/7/12 @ 4 PM- SFUSD Health Advocates Meeting 11/10/12 @ 7 AM- Mayahuel: Las Ceremonias Mayas @ Ocean Beach @ Fulton 11/10/12 @ 12 PM– Honoring the Bay Area Two Spirit Community event at Oakland Main Library 11/27/12- UTSF Illuminatives Evaluation Advisory Board Meeting @ NAHC, CWD, 333 Valencia, 2nd Fl



As November is American Indian Heritage Month, KQED, the San Francisco Mayor’s Office of Neighborhood Services, Native American AIDS Project, Native American Health Center, and the Indian Health Center of Santa Clara Valley are proud to celebrate the rich culture of the American Indian community in their annual Local Heroes event held at San Francisco City Hall. Everyone is invited for

SFUSD Truancy Presentation


BACAIR Resource Fair for HSA


UTSF Resource Library


Native 3 TF-CBT Enhancement UTSF Services Report


an evening of dancing, drumming, and a special awards ceremony where the following four outstanding local heroes will be honored for their work in the local American Indian community: Karen Harrison, (Pomo and Paiute) RN, Native American Health Center

Gwen Steirer (Seneca) Retired, American Indian Alliance Shirley Guevara (Dunlap Band of Mono) Head Teacher, HINTIL KUU CA Child Care Center

Anecita Yahzii Hernandez (Dine), Drug and Alcohol Prevention Specialist, Indian Health Center of Santa Clara

IFR Día de los Muertos Event Dia de los Muertos is a special time to commemorate the spirits of our ancestors.

at Horace Mann Middle School at 5:30 PM and ending at IFR.

chos (2) sugar skulls, (3) mantelitos and (4) pan de muerto workshops.

As such, IFR is hosting their 34th Annual Dia de los Muertos procession and ceremony to honor the dead on Friday, November 2nd, with the procession starting

In addition to this event, there have been community workshops taking place all month at both the IFR and IHWC offices, all with a teaching component: (1) Ni-

UTSF is also holding an Indigenous Cultural Exchange this week for self-identified Indigneous youth to learn about traditional perspectives on life and death.


Urban Trails SF Outreach


With the start of the new school year, UTSF’s Social Marketing committee has been busy outreaching to system partners and the local community through the Teachers’ for Social Justice conference, Indigenous People’s Pow Wow, and Friendship House Youth Pow Wow. In addition to tabling at events, the Urban Trails youth, in collaboration with the UTSF Social Marketing Committee, has begun the work to develop

an UTSF Muni and Bart Ad, with the plan to launch at the beginning of 2013. Tommy Orange, Paloma Flores, and Crystal Marich have met with youth in focus groups to help come up with an idea that addresses issues of stigmatization and invisibility in their community. The youth have been trained in Photoshop to help design and edit the Ad themselves so they can generate their own messages.

For more information on UTSF Social Marketing efforts, please contact our UTSF Social Marketing Coordinator, Tommy Orange, at TommyO@

Armed with skills, equipment, and natural talents, we’ll be able to see their creations around the city!

SFUSD Truancy Presentation for FIT During last month’s UTSF Blanket Weavers’ Family Involvement Team Meeting, we invited staff from San Francisco Unified School District’s (SFUSD)Pupil Support Services department to come and discuss recent changes in truancy laws and policy as well as resources available to UTSF youth and families, per the community’s request.

schools, presented on SFUSD truancy policies, protocols, and resources, answering all questions and providing contacts for future. Feedback was overwhelmingly positive from the presentation and overall it was a great step in continuing to build collaborative relationships with SFUSD.

For more information about UTSF’s Blanket Weavers’ Family Involvement Team, please contact Cindy Blacksmith, UTSF Key Family Contact, at 415-503-1046 or CynthiaB@

Rudy Pena, Child Welfare and Attendance Specialist for SFUSD high

HSA’s BACAIR Resource Fair The 3rd annual Bay Area Collaboration of American Indian Resources’ American Indian/Alaskan Native Awareness & Resource Fair will be held at 170 Otis Street, SF Human Services Agency on Wednesday, URBAN


Nov. 7th, from 15pm for all HSA staff and interested SF community partners. This year Michael Yellow Bird, Professor and Director of Graduate Education @ Humboldt State

University, is the guest speaker. Mr. Yellow Bird will be making a presentation on Neurodecolonization", which shows how neuroscientific research can be applied to decolonizing social work interventions to enhance indigenous peoples’ wellbeing.

UTSF Resource Library Coming Soon! We are excited to announce the opening of our very own UTSF Library available to all community and system partners starting November, 30, 2012.

how to borrow/use these wonderful Native and Indigenous-specific materials with the youth and families with whom you work.

Also, if you’d like to donate This growing resource list any resources you feel will all be housed at 1380 would be relevant to providHoward Street so be on the sers serving this community, look out for a follow-up feel free to contact UTSF email detailing the specifics, Liaison, Michelle Meier, at including our approved inter- nal lender's policy to find out




Healing the Soul Wound

Expanding the Circle

Healing & Mental Health for Native Americans

Young American Indian Entrepreneur

Native American PostColonial Psychology

Supportive Education for Native Children of Addictive Parents

What Teens Need to Succeed (in Spanish also) DVDs Two Spirit Finding Our Voice

Removing Revolving Door Peer Empowerment Supporting the Immigrant Workforce

In the photo: Sadie M. Willmon-Haque (University of Oklahoma); Michele Maas, MSW (NAHC); Dr. Dolores Subia BigFoot, PhD, (Indian Country Child Trauma Center); Marca Cassity, MFTI (NAHC); Dr. Susan Schmidt, PhD, (University of Oklahoma).

Honoring Children, Mending the Circle Urban Trails SF staff in NAHC’s SF Community Wellness Department, Michele Maas, MSW, and Marca Cassity, MFTI, traveled to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, last month to take part in the Project Making Medicine: Honoring the ChildrenMending the Circle

who have survived multiple challenges and traumas in life through Trauma Focused The training was led by Cognitive Behavioral Dr. Dolores Subia BigFoot Therapy with a Native and Dr. Susan Schmidt, American enhancement. with assistance by postBoth staff will be incorpodoctoral student Sadie Wilmon-Haque. The focus rating what they learned of the training was how to into their current clinical better serve native families practice with UTSF youth training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center.

and families and more UTSF-NAHC staff, including UTSF Clinical Coordinator, plan to attend a similar training in this model next month.


Urban Trails San Francisco is a behavioral health system partnership between the Child, Youth and Family System of Care within Community Behavioral Health Services under the San Francisco Department of Public Health and the Native American

Urban Trails San Francisco

Health Center. Urban Trails San Francisco expands

1380 Howard Street

access to culturally and spiritually based behavioral

333 Valencia Street

health services for the most needy and vulnerable

1601 Mission Street

Native American and Indigenous children, youth and

San Francisco, CA 94103

families in San Francisco.

Phone: 415-503-1046 Fax: 415-503-1081

For more information contact UTSF Project


Liaison, Michelle Meier, at 255-3914 or


San Francisco’s indigenous youth and families united

Urban Trails SF Services Report Since January ‘11:


76 clients intaked 57 clients served

32 baseline 18 six-month follow-ups

36 clients engaged

10 twelvemonth follow-ups

0 clients waitlisted

15 ineligible

28 clients discharged

For more information about updated service information, please contact UTSF Intake Coordinator, Kelly Castel, at 415-5031046, ext. 2705.

UTSF Newsletter October 2012  

UTSF Newsletter October 2012