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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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Tasha Yatchmeneff, Anchorage Regional Office 907.269.4023 email@example.com
Leah Wharburton, Northern Region (Fairbanks, Nome, Barrow) 907.451.2072
Jenny Dale, Southcentral Region (Mat Su, Dillingham, Kenai) 907.352.8905 firstname.lastname@example.org
Jeri Museth, Southeast Region 907.465.8158 email@example.com
Trim Nick, Western Region (Bethel, St.Mary’s, Aniak) 907.543.7244 firstname.lastname@example.org
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
A Practical Guide to the Indian Child Welfare Act Native American Rights Fund
ICWA Placement Brochure State of Alaska Publication
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.
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
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 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)