Center For Tribes Webinar Library

Coming Together for the Children: The Maine Tribal State ICWA Workgroup

Summary: This webinar featured the Maine Tribal State ICWA Workgroup and how their group of tribal and state representatives work together toward best child welfare practice for Native children and families. 

In 1999, for the first time, representatives from each of these Tribal Nations sat down with representatives from the Maine Office of Child and Family Services to develop a day-long training for State caseworkers on the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) in an effort to increase compliance with the 1978 federal law. That collaborative effort led to improved training, education, policy, case review systems, and deepened relationships based on mutual respect.

Presenters: Esther Anne, Michael Augustine, Xi Chen, Luke Joseph, and Martha Proulx. 



Understanding & Supporting the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ Community Series

Part 1: Walking in Two Worlds: Understanding the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ Community

Summary: This webinar discussed the historical roles and identities of Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ people, how historical/intergenerational trauma has impacted this community, and the efforts to bring back balance, beauty, and acceptance. 



Part 2: Supporting Native LGBTQ/Two-Spirit Youth

Summary: This webinar offered education on Native LGBTQ and Two-Spirit identities and explored answers to the questions: How can tribal communities welcome their Two-Spirit relatives back into their circles? What can child welfare agencies do to create a safe and welcoming environment? How can those who work with youth protect and support the Two-Spirit/Native LGBTQ individuals in their care?


 Presenters: Lenny Hayes and Sandy White Hawk     


Indigenous Healing Series

Part 1: We Are All Connected

Summary: Healing for Indigenous people is a powerful journey that can be collectively shared and/or can be a very personal path. This webinar explored and shared healing strategies from various Indigenous cultures as examples of how we are all connected.



Part 2: Individual and Family Healing

Summary: Healing for individuals and families can be a lifelong process that is unique for each person and/or family, it can be a stop and go process and can include searching and exploring different paths. 

We apologize for the audio quality of this recording. We had technical difficulties but still wanted to make this important conversation available to everyone.


Part 3: Community and Organizational Healing

Summary: As communities and organizations endeavor to reach their goals, they are often impacted by what individuals in that community and/or organization bring to the workplace. Individuals bring gifts, strengths and talents to community and organizational work and conversely can bring past hurts and experiences of trauma that impact the overall dynamics of a community or organization. This discussion focused on how communities and organizations can engage in the healing process to increase their productivity, reach their goals and create a healing environment.

Presenters: Esther Anne, Elsie Boudreau, Penthea Burns, Jackie Crow Shoe, Ethleen Iron Cloud-Two Dogs and Richard Two Dogs


Justice In Indian Country Series

Part 1: Justice in Indian Country

Summary: This webinar examined Tribal justice throughout history and how its credibility and implementation has changed over the years, how it applies to child protection and child welfare, and suggested practices to assist Tribes with maintaining customs and traditional values within their justice systems.


Part 2: Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking in Indian Country

Summary: Indian Country is regularly portrayed by Hollywood as having romantic, ecological, and stoic characterizations of life. In reality, Tribal people have suffered generations of abuse and exploitation and continue to endure many of the highest rates of victimization and substance abuse in the country. This presentation illustrates how community awareness and Tribal support are vital to combat human trafficking in Indian Country. Case study examples are used to assist multidisciplinary team members in assessing resource strengths and needs as well as investigation challenges that present themselves in trafficking cases. 1. Viewers will learn who is an “Indian” and what is “Indian Country.” 2. Viewers will learn how a child abuse case in Indian Country can differ from a non Indian case. 3. Viewers will be given recommendations regarding outreach and sustainability of a Tribal community partnership. 4. Viewers will gain a better perspective of Tribal resources and traditional healing methods.

Presenter: Geri Wisner



Mapping to Protect Children and Preserve Communities

Summary: Tribal child welfare program staff often note that children in their caseload are located across the country. When children are removed from their home, their cultural identity and well-being are at risk because they may also be separated from their connections to family, language, culture, and community. Understanding where children are placed helps Tribes to stay connected to their children. Geographic Information Systems (GIS) is a mapping program for capturing, managing, analyzing, and displaying all forms of geographical reference information (e.g., addresses, tribal boundaries, social demographics). Many Tribes already use this technology, but few have explored its use in child welfare. Tribal child welfare agencies can use GIS to identify community services, locate potential foster homes, and assist in many other aspects of child welfare planning, service delivery, and communication.

Presenters: Jhon Goes in Center and Kathryn Kulbicki

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