ICWA/Alaska Native Cultural Resources

The Office of Children’s Services Regional ICWA Coordinators

Need to find out who the ICWA Worker is for your child’s tribe?  Need to find out who your child’s tribe is?  Each OCS Region has an ICWA Coordinator who works with ICWA cases and ICWA compliance by the state.

Casey Groat, Statewide ICWA Coordinator    907.269.4035   casey.groat@alaska.gov

Tasha Yatchmeneff, Anchorage Regional Office   907.269.4023   tasha.yatchmeneff@alaska.gov

Leah Wharburton, Northern Region (Fairbanks, Nome, Barrow)  907.451.2072

Jenny Dale, Southcentral Region (Mat Su, Dillingham, Kenai)  907.352.8905   jennifer.dale@alaska.gov

Jeri Museth,  Southeast Region   907.465.8158   jeri.museth@alaska.gov

Trim Nick,  Western Region (Bethel, St.Mary’s, Aniak)   907.543.7244    joseph.nick@alaska.gov


Federal Register of Designated Tribal Agents

For a list of tribal contacts,   refer to the Federal Register— Designated Tribal Agents for  Service of Notice


Let’s Talk ICWA— Alaska Call in For Resource Parents

Held every first Thursday of the Month from 4 to 5 p.m., this teleconference training is designed specifically for foster and pre-adoptive parents across Alaska to learn about ICWA (the Indian Child Welfare Act)  and to have a chance to get your questions answered.  Each session will start with a brief discussion of a specific topic related to ICWA and then be opened up for questions or concerns.   Check our Teleconference Calendar for this month’s topic and call in information.


Understanding the Indian Child Welfare Act

The Indian Child Welfare Act Text

Freqently Asked Questions about ICWA

A Practical Guide to the Indian Child Welfare Act    Native American Rights Fund

State of Alaska Office of Children’s Services ICWA Home Page

List of Office of Children's Services ICWA Coordinators in the State of Alaska  

ICWA Placement Brochure  State of Alaska Publication  

National Indian Child Welfare Association

Updated Guildelines  for State Courts and Agencies in Indian Child Custody Proceedings (February 25, 2015)

Summary of June 2016 Issued Regulations from the Bureau of Indian Affairs

Let’s Talk ICWA – Tribal Jurisdiction     Recorded “Let’s Talk ICWA” Teleconference with Speaker Kevin Illingworth, J.D., Tribal Management Program with the College of Rural and Community Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks (January 5,  2017) – QUESTIONNAIRE FOR FOSTER PARENT TRAINING CREDIT

Bringing Our Children Home: An Introduction to the Indian Child Welfare Act  An educational resource video designed for state court judges, courts, and judicial educators. 


Tribally Licensed Homes, Tribal and Cultural Adoptions

Tanana Chiefs Conference Tribally Licensed Home Program     Families now have the option of being tribally licensed (both Native and non-Native homes can be tribally licensed homes) and be dually licensed between the tribe and the state.  For more information or to get a tribally licensed foster care application, contact  Niisha Walsh  Tanana Chiefs Conference -Child Protection Program, 122 First Avenue, Fairbanks, AK 99701, 907/452-8251, ext. 3367 or email her at Valeen.Walsh@tananachiefs.org

Cultural Adoptions with State's Consent  This handout gives a summary of Cultural Adoptions in Alaska when the Office of Children's Services is involved.

Adoptions and Planning for Children’s Futures  Tanana Chiefs Conference from the Training “Strengthening Tribal Courts for Future Generations” 2006

Tribal Court Development: Nuts and Bolts  BIA Providers Conference 2012


Alaska Native Cultural Resources

Title VII Indian Education Program—  Title VII Indian Education supports American Indian and Alaska Native students to meet and exceed state academic and cultural standards.  Programs vary from district to district but may include academic tutoring, summer programs, enrichment programs or assistance with post secondary training and exploration.  To enroll, a “506 Form” needs to be completed and documentation of tribal membership is needed.

Anchorage School District   Project Ki’L   Puqigtut_Brochure

Fairbanks North Star Borough

Juneau School District

Mat Su School District

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District

Project Jukebox Digital Branch of the University of Alaska Fairbanks Oral History Program 

Alaska Native Language Center Housed at the University of Alaska Fairbanks 

Alaska Native Food

World Eskimo-Indian Olympics

Alaska Native Heritage Center Located in Anchorage

Alaska State Museums

Do Alaska Native People Get “Free” Medical Care? and other Frequently Asked Questions About Alaska Native Issues and Cultures  http://www.scahecak.org/docs/Book108-09.pdf   Published by the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University

Anchorage Alaska Native Resource Book

In My Family   A delightful program through KSKA that teaches children about Alaska’s many different Native cultures through the puppet Raven and his friends.

The Resource Basket   A web site managed by Rural CAP that brings together resources, training and conference information, and problem solving tools to help ALaska Native Youth and the people who work with them.

Alaska Native Language Map

Alaska Native Knowledge Network

List of Links to the Alaska Native Corporations

Alaska Native Languages   www.alaskool.org


Native News Sources

Native America Calling—The National Electronic Talking Circle http://www.nativeamericacalling.com/

KNBA 90.3 FM Radio  http://knba.org/   Anchorage based Alaska Native Radio station featuring news and music and run by the Kohanic Broadcasting Corporation

KYUK 640 AM/ 90.3 FM/TV  Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon Kuskokwim Delta http://kyuk.org/

Alaska Native News online new source http://alaska-native-news.com/ 


Tribal Contacts and Alaska Native Tribal Consortiums

A Tribal Consortium refers to a formal alliance of regionally connected tribes who work together for self-governance, tribal development, membership sustainability, economic growth and, in some situations,  federal interface.

For a comprehensive list of tribal contacts in Alaska and across the United States go to Federal Register of Tribal Contacts

Association of Village Council Presidents (Bethel/Yukon Kuskokwim) 

Tanana Chiefs Conference (Interior Alaska) 

Bristol Bay Native Association (Southwest Alaska)  

Kawerak, Inc. (Nome Region) 

Maniilaq Association (Northwest Alaska) 

Central Council Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska  (Southeast) 

Cook Inlet Tribal Council (Southcentral Alaska)  

Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (Aleutian Chain) 

Kodiak Area Native Association (Kodiak Island)  

Chugachmiut (Chugach Region) 

Inupiat Community of the Arctic Slope (Northern Arctic Region)

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