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Each assessment done by a caseworker or frontline staff can change the course of someone’s life. Understanding bias helps to ensure that they don’t get in the way of assessing family’s strengths and needs. The newest tools from the Center for Tribes Family Assessment Series are designed to help one…
Hawaiian children and their teacher tell a powerful story of ancient traditions that they’re keeping alive and the valued place for those that embrace their masculine and feminine traits.
This film tells the story of Fred Martinez, a TwoSpirit person who was victim of a brutal hate crime and murdered at the age of 16. Weaving stories of tradition, history, and hope from Native American cultures, Two Spirits and companion films can be previewed on PBS or purchased in…
NICWA developed this 2013 newsletter as part of their Honoring Innovations Report series designed to offer best practice ideas for system of care communities.
What it means to be Two-Spirit, various definitions, tips on how to be a good ally, and potential challenges and barriers that may be experienced by those who identify as Two-Spirit or Native LGBTQ are included within this educational guide. (Please seek printing permission from The Minnesota Indian Women’s Sexual…
This tip sheet from the NRC4Tribes and Tribal Star offers support for Native children and youth who may be Two-Spirit and/or LGBTQ to help them feel connected to resources and communities.
Lenny Hayes and Sandy White Hawk developed this presentation for a workshop at the 2017 NICWA conference.
The Center for Tribes’ newest 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.
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning/queer (LGBTQ) youth and their families live in all regions of the state, yet are often invisible to communities and institutions, including the child welfare system. LGBTQ youth and their families have strengths and needs, and some may come into contact with the child welfare…
For those working with families, every assessment can have a powerful impact on a person’s life. It is important to be self-aware, intentional about engaging with families, and to use the information collected to make informed decisions. This two-page resource offers brief guidance for those in the field and helpful…
The Center for Tribes compiled targeted resources from the field related to resources and supports for native grandparents.
"The Preventing Sex Trafficking and Strengthening Families Act, enacted in 2014, limited the use of APPLA as a case goal to children aged 16 and older. The Act made this provision effective 3 years after enactment for children under tribal responsibility. Some experts raised concerns that tribes may use the…
“Unci” (unh-chee) and “Gaka” (gah-gah) are Lakota terms for grandmother and grandfather respectively. These terms are generally used as terms of affection in the traditional Lakota families, while those Lakota families who are more acculturated use the more common terms, “grandma and grandpa”. Hassrick (1964) states that historically the role…
We've compiled targeted resources for Tribal Child Welfare Agencies focused on engaging and supporting fathers in this handy one-page document. 
In 2007, The Tribal Law and Policy Institute asked members from three Western tribal communities to complete a survey designed to explore their perceptions of meth use in Indian Country. The resulting impacts this emerging epidemic has had on child maltreatment, permanency, and agency workloads were assessed.
Introduction: “Tribes are increasingly developing systems to provide advocates for tribal children. These children may be placed with non-birth parents in out of home placements, or they may be in home but require assistance to insure that their childhood needs are met. Generally this means that the parents or the…
Author Abstract: "This paper explores American Indian fathering in the Dakota nation with an emphasis on cultural accuracy. Focus groups and census data suggest father absence is a major problem and that efforts should provide positive male role models. Life course and generative fathering theories inform this discussion and fit…
Introduction: "Last year, President Barack Obama launched a nationwide initiative to lift up the lives of Native youth in America, who, for too long, have gone unrecognized for their incredible talents and strengths. The Generation Indigenous (Gen-I) initiative seeks to shine a spotlight on Native youth who often grapple with…
Three page brief containing census data, overview of Federal Services for Native Americans, identifies challenges in Indian Country and provides statistics on Native American Youth.
From the Editors: "The intersection of culture and child welfare practice has been considered and conceptualized in a number of ways, from cultural competence and institutional racism to disparity and disproportionality. Most often the discussion around culture is framed as a struggle or challenge for our field to address; we…
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