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Archive for April 2016

We talk, You listen: Strengthening Tribal/State Relations

As we know states and Tribes have had a long history of conflict, distrust, turf issues and an inability to work together. A number of Tribes and states are beginning to realize they have a lot of shared interests and it is their best interest to created strong partnerships. Here are some tips on how…

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Protecting our Children: Our Most Sacred Commitment

It is another beautiful day here at the NICWA conference. Yesterday was very powerful as there were a number of inspiring speakers throughout the day. One was a Dine’ woman who is now working as an attorney for DOI. She shared her story as an adoptee who had a loving home with a non-Indian family.…

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Nine signs of a dysfunctional organization

Do you work for a dysfunctional Tribal organization, government agency or nonprofit? Some of the more visible signs are malicious rumors are rampant, high staff turnover, low staff morale, no mission statement or not following the one you have and constantly being in crisis. Here are 9 common ways you can tell if you are…

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Wisdom of Prince

We lost a national treasure in Prince last week. He was a groundbreaker in so many ways. One of the areas he had a very strong commitment to was social justice. This continued up to last year when he wrote a song about Baltimore which addressed the recent police shootings there of African Americans. He…

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ICWA Implementation by the states

I am here in Denver for a few days in Denver with the Center for Capacity Building with States. I am part of a team that is working on a national model for states and US. territories to help them to improve their implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The act was passed in…

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