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.

Presenter: Geri Wisner, Executive Director for the Native American Children’s Alliance. Webinar hosted Wednesday, December 6th, 2017 by the Capacity Building Center for Tribes.

 

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.

 

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, Executive Director for the Native American Children’s Alliance. Webinar hosted Wednesday, January 9, 2017 by the Capacity Building Center for Tribes.

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