ICWA/Alaska Native Cultural Resources

OCS 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 Warburton, Northern Region (Fairbanks, Nome, Barrow) 907.451.2072 leah.warburton@alaska.gov

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


Understanding the Indian Child Welfare Act

The Indian Child Welfare Act Text

Introduction to the Indian Child Welfare Act Webinar Alaska Child Welfare Academy

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

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

ICWA Placement Brochure State of Alaska Publication

National Indian Child Welfare Association

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.


Teleconference Trainings

Recorded Teleconference Trainings: See our teleconference trainings at Cultural and Alaska Native Topics,ICWA for more training resources.

Let’s Talk ICWA— Alaska Call in For Resource Parents Held every first Thursday of the Month from 4 to 5 p.m. (except for summers), this teleconference training is designed specifically for Alaskan resource families to learn about ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) and to get your questions answered. Check our Teleconference Calendar for this month’s topic and call in information.


Tribal Resources, Tribal Courts and Cultural Adoptions

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

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 .

Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska Tirbally LIcensed Foster Care Program

Cultural Adoptions with State's ConsentThis 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

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

Traditional Health and Wellness Guide /Cultural Resources for Alaska Families A guide for culturally responsive case planning when working with Alaska Native families

Alaska Native Food

Yuuyaraq: The Way of Human Being by Harold Napoleon This powerful piece of writing imparts a true personal understanding how historical trauma and healing impacts Alaska Native people to this day.

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 Published by the University of Alaska Anchorage and Alaska Pacific University

Anchorage Native Resources Handbook

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 Resources and Tools

Molly of Denali is a PBS series featuring Molly, an Athabaskan child growing up in Interior Alaska. This web site includes videos, games and the episodes geared toward younger children.

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.

Essay:”I learned what it means to be Inupiaq one hospital visit at a time.” by Cordelia Qignaaq Kellie


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)