Director, Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies
In addition to directing the Center for Regional and Tribal Child Welfare Studies, Bree is also the Program Director of the ICWA Implementation Partnership project. Prior to taking on these positions, Bree worked as the American Indian Projects Director and Community Programs Coordinator in the Center, where she was responsible for the development and implementation of community-based projects that focus on American Indian Child Welfare. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in American Indian Studies and English and her Master of Social Work from the University of Minnesota-Duluth. Her professional experience includes local and national work in providing training and technical assistance for tribally based domestic violence and sexual assault programs, and working in shelter, transitional, and permanent supportive housing for American Indian families who have experienced chronic homelessness. Ms. Bussey also provides regional training and consultation to social workers, foster parents, and other service professionals about American Indian Child Welfare-related topics. Bree is Anishinaabe and Mohawk.