Sovereignty & Collaboration

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 - now an app!

Access our ICWA Guide for Tribal Governments and Leaders online or download it as a PDF! On a tablet or smartphone? The online version can be saved to your home screen as an app for easy offline access! Developed by Tribal Leaders, Tribal child welfare staff, and knowledgeable ICWA experts, the purpose of this Guide is to recommend actions that tribal leadership can take towards ensuring compliance with ICWA. You can also download our printable poster to hang in your office.

"As leaders, it is time to determine our destiny where our children are concerned..."


Building an Effective Tribal-State Child Welfare Partnership

We’re excited to announce a new user-friendly online resource focused on Building an Effective Tribal-State Child Welfare Partnership. This comprehensive resource includes an extensive toolkit intended to assist Tribes and non-Native partners with that collaboration. The featured tools and information can help guide and strengthen your relationships as you work to support your children, families and communities. We encourage you to spend some time exploring and reflecting on the wealth of information shared in this resource.

Featured Film: 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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