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Tribal Training & Certification Partnership

Annual ICWA (Indian Child Welfare Act) Conference

January 22-23, 2024

Treasure Island Casino, in Prairie Island Indian Community 

Theme - Creating Meaningful Change ~ Changing the Narrative in Child Welfare

Continuing education units are available for licensed professionals.

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More information coming soon

Summer Institute in American Indian Child Welfare

Tentative date:  June 12-13, 2024 

Grand Portage Casino, Grand Portage Band of Lake Superior Chippewa

The Summer Institute in American Indian Child Welfare is an annual gathering specifically for tribal child welfare workers and administrators to discuss critical issues related to American Indian child welfare in the State of Minnesota. The Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies coordinates this conference that represents a truly unique opportunity for tribal child welfare staff to gather and learn with colleagues from across Minnesota.  

Continuing education units are available for licensed professionals.

"Summer Institute provides an undeniable level of genuine experience, practice and learning from Indigenous elders, professionals and programs. The focus of Summer Institute is to train Tribal and ICWA Workers to improve their level of practice skills and each year it surpasses my expectations as a professional and graduate student. To me, it is the most important experiential training to help me work with Indigenous communities and families." - Shad Cook, MSW Student, ICWA worker Ramsey County

Bridging Our Understanding

Known also as course 307-C in the Minnesota Department of Human Services training system, Bridging Our Understanding: American Indian Family Preservation represents a collaborative effort to develop a deeper understanding of the perspectives that may impact a child welfare workers involvement with American Indian children and families. Bridging, developed with the 11 Tribes in Minnesota, is hosted on Tribal land and provides the host Tribe the opportunity to present a section on a topic of their choosing. Bridging Our Understanding serves as a sequential complement to Minnesota's Foundations training, and is also ideal for experienced social service workers and supervisors as it helps in reconciling practice methods with the relational worldview and cultural practices of American Indian Tribes in Minnesota.

Mina, F. (2020, Sept. 13). A Plan to Train Child Welfare Workers on American Indian Rights. The Imprint News: Youth & Family News.