"Tawacin pawanjila ye unyan pi ki Wajanyeja ki oun waste yuha pi kte lo" 
"Let us put our minds together and see what life we can make for our children." - Sitting Bull, Hunkpapa Lakota

Honoring One Another

Congratulations to the 2018 recipients of the Bonnie Heavy Runner Victim Advocacy Awards. Among the honorees are three valued advisors and consultants to the Center for Tribes:

Elsie Boudreau, Children's Quilt
Lenny Hayes, LGBTQ2/S Quillt
William Thorne, Elder's Quilt

Systems Change

Tools to support tribal child welfare professionals as they figure out how to manage change and grow their programs to better serve children and families.

Building a Change Team
The team responsible for exploring an identified need, and the relationships they form, create the foundation of an organized effort for change. This interactive online learning module offers suggestions on how to form an effective change team and communicate with key partners.  Along with a customizable relationship mapping tool and facilitation tips, this module will help ensure the change journey begins on a positive path.

Conducting a Community Assessment
Once the change team is built, the next step to undertaking systems change is to conduct a community assessment. The team can make informed decisions based on existing data, literature, and feedback gathered from focus groups, interviews, and surveys. This module simplifies this often daunting task and offers guidance to agencies on how to approach collecting this information.

Pathways to Title IV-E Meeting Presentation

View the presentation given at the "Pathways to Title IV-E Meeting" on Octover 23-24, 2018 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.


Title IV-B Overview

Learn more about Title IV-B of the Social Security Act - a federal funding stream that ties well with tribal family engagement practices and can enhance tribal child welfare service capacity.



Lakota Worldview: Cultural Teachings to Support Native Children as they Grow

Ethleen Iron Cloud-Two Dogs and Richard Two Dogs share information about the Lakota Worldview, describing the four stages of life recognized in the Lakota community and the ceremonies that accompany each stage. These ceremonies are believed to contribute to a balanced life from childhood through returning to the spirit world. This is the first video in a two-part series that demonstrates what the journey is like when smooth and free from interruption.
Interested in creating something similar for your own tribal community? Rick and Ethleen share more information about their process and their thoughts for other tribal communities in this companion handout.

Tribal Child Welfare Practice Mapping

Learn how to apply a business process mapping technique to tribal child welfare practice with this online learning module. Why use process mapping? Mapping your child welfare practice can help your program determine how to best serve the children, youth and families in your community.  

Resource List Series

The Center for Tribes’ Resource List Series shares information and resources specific to a variety of topics relevant to tribal child welfare. The Center for Tribes most recent Resource Lists include:

Genetic Memory: How Trauma Can Change DNA
The Genetic Memory Resource List from the Center for Tribes shares information on genetic memory (a.k.a., ancestral memory, genetic transmission, or even intution), the soul wound (Duran, E.), and the interconnectedness between genetics and intergenerational/historical trauma, PTSD, and Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs).

Working with Two-Spirit and Native LGBTQ Youth
The Working with Two-Spirit and Native LGBTQ Youth Resource List shares information designed to raise awareness and encourage tribal child welfare professionals to think through how they can better support Two-Spirit and/or Native LGBTQ children and youth.

Resources for Healthy Generations
Acknowledging that each community is unique, the Resources for Healthy Generations Resource List intends to build on each community's strengths of today and the past by identifying resources to help families develop a sense of what is healthy for now and for future generations.

Family Assessment Series

These tools from the Center for Tribes Family Assessment Series examine different aspects of assessing family’s strengths and needs.


Family Assessment: Understanding Bias
This online learning provides information and strategies to promote understanding bias to ensure that they don’t get in the way of assessing family’s strengths and needs.

How to Overcome Bias
This handout is a companion to the on-line learning, Family Assessment: Understanding Bias. These two tools from the Center for Tribes Family Assessment Series are designed to help one understand and overcome their own bias.

How to Prepare for a Family Assessment
When working with families it is important to be self-aware, intentional about engagement, and to use the information to make informed decisions. This two-page resource offers brief guidance for those in the field and helpful reminders for each of these areas.

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    Mindfulness App

    Designed for child welfare professionals, this app provides tips and activities to help incorporate more mindfulness and self-care into daily practice.
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Indian Children and the Federal-Tribal Trust Relationship

"The federal duty of protection of internal tribal sovereignty, which has been strongly linked to the welfare of Indian children since the Founding, is now as closely realized as it ever has been throughout American history. In the Self-Determination Era, modern federal laws, including ICWA, constitute a return of federal Indian law and policy to constitutional fidelity."
Fletcher, Matthew L. M. and Singel, Wenona T., Indian Children and the Federal-Tribal Trust Relationship (April 28, 2016)

Journey Through the River of Data Series

Data is a river that flows through all aspects of child welfare work, as well as through the community – a key resource but one that can sometimes be challenging to navigate. Developing data capacity can be like traveling from downstream to upstream. You may need someone who is further upstream to give you guidance on how to avoid rough waters or undercurrents that may throw you off course.

1. Data Overview: Using Data to Help Communities Thrive
This interactive online learning tool is designed to help tribal child welfare professionals consider how to use data to inform service delivery to children and families and help their communities thrive.

2. Improving the Welfare of Native Children by Using & Managing Data
Covering the basics of data, this brief resource includes information on how data can be used to address issues and help tribal child welfare programs thrive. Guiding questions are provided to help programs think through how they want to use and manage data.

3. Planning for Your Program’s Child Welfare Data System
This two-page resource offers concise guiding questions for programs to consider as they develop or enhance a data system. Data needs, program capacity, and readiness for change are highlighted.

4. Navigating Rough Waters: Lessons Learned & Challenges to Avoid When Planning a Tribal Child Welfare Data System
When programs journey through the river of data, knowing how to navigate rough waters and overcome challenges can make a tremendous difference. This one-page resource offers suggestions on how to stay on course when planning and implementing a data system. 

What is Title IV-E?

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

Geographic Information Systems

Are you interested in enhancing the way you look at and use your child welfare data? Mapping child welfare and geographic data together can help agencies locate potential foster homes, identify community services, and inform planning, service delivery and decision-making efforts. These resources have information and steps to get you started:

Mapping to Protect Children and Preserve Communities (2-page PDF)
Mapping to Protect Children and Preserve Communities (webinar recording)
Using Geographic Data & GIS for Decision-Making in Tribal Child Welfare (4-page PDF)

How can communities bring healing and build leadership from within?

Our newest resources feature innovative projects that demonstrate the capacity of communities to respond to issues that impact their children and families. Arctic Winds Healing Winds, a non-profit organization based in Alaska, uses a proven model for community healing that nurtures and develops leadership and data management skills.

Child welfare agencies can learn from these projects and gain ideas on how to engage and collaborate with community members to create lasting solutions to whatever challenge you face.

This area is currently for staff and consultants. Thank you.