The Center for Tribes supports your program’s working relationship with federal and state governments with resources that include:

  • Compliance with the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
  • Fostering Connections Act 2008/Other Federal Laws and Partnerships
  • Building effective tribal-state agreements/partnerships
  • Tribal sovereignty and self-determination
  • Disproportionality
  • Truth and reconciliation approaches.

We know that relationships between tribes, states and the federal government have been complicated and sometimes very challenging – both historically and in the present day. We envision improved relationships that honor tribal self-determination, improved child and family well-being and strong tribal programs.

What support and capacity does your agency need to strengthen its work with state and federal agencies?

ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders

Our Children, Our Sovereignty, Our Culture, Our Choice

The Center for Tribes ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders includes recommended actions that tribal leadership can take towards ensuring state compliance with ICWA. “Our tribes are threatened by the removal of our youngest and most vulnerable members, our children. As leaders we want to make informed decisions to protect the future of our tribe, our culture, our children and families. Historically, we have seen state and federal programs compromise our dignity and culture by breaking up our families and tribes. Even today we hear of unwarranted removal of our Indian children and the attempts to keep them separated from their culture and tribal identity. The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), when complied with, can help prevent these unwarranted removals and ensure Indian children are kept safe while remaining with their families.”

Resource Highlight

Missing Threads: The Story of the Wisconsin Indian Child Welfare Act
Chosen as a 2016 Best Short Documentary by the Albuquerque Film and Music Experience, this film looks at the impact of the Indian Child Welfare Act in Wisconsin. The film was also awarded a Golden Reel by the Media Communications Association - International, and is a finalist for the 2016 Media for
a Just Society Awards through the National Council on Crime and Deliquency.

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