Study Explores Role of Traditional Parenting Class in Strengthening Native American Families

A new study will assess how the Positive Indian Parenting program impacts Native American families.


It Takes a Movement to Raise an Indian Child

As the Indigenous peoples of this land, countless generations have built a base of wisdom about how to raise our children in community. Last month, a federal district court made an egregious ruling ignoring the government-to-government relationship between tribal nations and the federal government.


ICWA Ruling Worsens an Already Biased System

A recent decision regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) sets the stage for the next battle to defend this critical law that protects the rights of American Indian and Alaska Native people.


Partnership Aims to Strengthen Network of American Indian, African-American Kinship Caregivers

As more and more grandparents step up to parent grandchildren, especially in the wake of the current opioid crisis, several organizations are teaming up to create a unique voice and education opportunity for American Indian and African American caregivers.


In Minnesota, Recruitment of Native American Foster Homes Stymied by ‘Lifetime Prohibitions’

Shana King, a member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, spent more than three years in foster care as a teen. She lost her own children to the system during a struggle with heroin.


How New ICWA Guidelines, Regulations Support Native American Children

The Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) came about because the federal government and states had a long history of treating Native American* parents as unfit just by their being Indian. As recently as the 1970s, mothers knew to hide their children when strange white sedans appeared on the reservation because social workers would scoop up children and quickly arrange for them to be adopted by white families, often in the Midwest or further east.