"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)

Introducing: Our Newest Resource

We're pleased to introduce our newest resource: a "bright spot" video on the Arctic Winds Healing Winds non-profit organization based in Alaska. 

The project “Leadership for Results: Capacity Building” includes Alaska Native values/teachings and emphasizes that strong leadership—from all levels of society—is a key requirement in addressing issues that require substantial change.

The project was piloted in 2015 with a group of Alaska Native leaders to help them strengthen their response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in their villages. The program brought together fifteen key individuals from 3 villages as the first cohort with the overall goal to enhance and strengthen the leadership capacity around historical trauma (specifically domestic violence/sexual assault/child abuse) and to get measurable results while increasing the strength of community networks.

Badge: 2nd Annual Child Welfare Virtual Expo Please join the Center for Tribes at the Children’s Bureau Virtual Expo on July 13, 2017.  While you're there, please visit the Center for Tribes virtual exhibit table and chat with our representatives. We'll also be at the ICWA virtual exhibit table along with the Center for Courts.  Virtual exhibit tables will include current Collaborative resources available for download. See you on July 13th!

Featured Resources & Events

June 13 Webinar Recording: Exploring the Tribal Information Exchange
The Capacity Building Center for Tribes, with guidance from a group of national native child welfare experts, values providing culturally responsive materials and tools for growth to tribal social service professionals and communities. To better support this commitment and value, the Tribal Information Exchange was created as a complement to our Capacity Building Collaborative website. This website provides easy to access content that focuses on tribal topics, a space for tribes to share and learn from one another, and hundreds of tribal resources from the Center for Tribes and beyond. View this recorded webinar for an introduction and demonstration of this electronic space!

Tribal STAR, in collaboration with the California Department of Social Services, and CalSWEC (California Social Work Education Center) has released it's latest eLearning ICWA Introduction.  This eLearning is required to be viewed by all new hire social workers and is a pre-requisite to attending the full day classroom training. California is the first state to require a full day ICWA training for all new social workers.

Our Children, Our Sovereignty, Our Culture, Our Choice: ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders from the Center for Tribes. "As leaders, it is time to determine our destiny where our children are concerned." The purpose of this Guide is to recommend actions tribal leaders can take towards ensuring compliance with ICWA.

The Heart of ICWA: The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) has produced four informative digitial stories that highlight the importance of ICWA and feature Native familes sharing their stories: The Heart of ICWA. These videos will be rolled out on NICWA's Facebook page through February - "like" their page to follow this important conversation.

Peer-to-Peer Opportunity: The Center for Tribes is hosting a Tribal ICWA Peer-to-Peer group and hope that you will participate. Click here to learn more about this group and how to join.

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