Traditionally, tribal elders have been held in high esteem; respected for the wisdom they have gained from lived experience. They are sources of comfort, strength, and guidance for members of younger generations. Grandparents serve a critical role in the family structure. They are often the glue that holds the family together, providing the place to gather. They are keepers of family stories, cultural knowledge, and calm voices of reason. Engaging and supporting grandparents and other extended family members
can help Native children and families achieve their best outcomes.

Author: Center for Tribes
Date: April 2022