Indian Child Welfare Program
The program's main function is to provide representation for the tribe in child in need of aid cases which involve tribal members and to ensure that the provisions set forth in the Indian Child Welfare Act are followed by State agencies.
The Indian Child Welfare Act was passed by congress in 1978. The reason the act was passed was that congress found: (25 USC §1901)…"that there is no resource that is more vital to the continued existence and integrity of Indian tribes than their children and that the United States has a direct interest, as trustee, in protecting Indian children who are members of or are eligible for membership in an Indian tribe; and that an alarmingly high percentage of Indian families are broken up by the removal, often unwarranted, of their children from them by non-tribal public and private agencies and that an alarmingly high percentage of such children are placed in non-Indian foster and adoptive homes and institutions; and that the States, exercising their recognized jurisdiction over Indian child custody proceedings through administrative and judicial bodies, have often failed to recognize the essential tribal relations of Indian people and the cultural and social standards prevailing in Indian communities and families."…The Indian Child Welfare Program provides services to members of the tribe.
Tribal Family Services Director
(907) 442-3467, ext. 212
(907) 442-5305, direct
(907) 442-4013, fax