Great Plains ICWA Summit-Rapid City SD

17 05 2013

I am attending this summit to learn more about this critically important issue. A recent study indicated that 90% of the 700 placed Native children and youth in South Dakota were placed in non-Native homes.

One of the panels held today shared Funding Sources to Assist Tribes with Child Protection, Foster Care, or ICWA

Sue Settles from the BIA mention both Social Services and ICWA funding dispersed via 638 contracting. She also pointed out a FY14 increase of $3 million for Family Violence programming also under 638.

Marilyn Kennerson from DHSS indicated Tribes can apply for Title IV B and E. Or Tribes can apply for a “subcontract” with a state Title IV E program for funding a tribal program.

A tribal consortium could also apply for Title IV E funding.

Kathy Deserly, from the National Resource Center for Tribes, provides training and technical assistance to Tribes including policies and procedures, but NOT help with preparing grant applications. SparrowHawk Consulting is available to help with this part of the work.

Two representatives from Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe, Andrea Smith and Jolene George, shared ways Tribes can develop Title IV E programs without applying for a grant.

Emily Iron Cloud and Roxanne Two Bulls from the Pine Ridge Lakota Oyate Wakanyeja Owicakiyapi (LOWO) shared the history and progress their program has made in serving their children, youth and families. Emily highlighted the Oglala Sioux Tribe family code provisions that take into account traditional laws and values.

For further information or scanned copies of some of the materials from the Summit please contact us: don@sparrowhawkco.com or 800-398-9048, Don Chalmers

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