Date: April 18 – 19, 2019
Location:   Las Vegas, NV
Hotel: Tropicana Las Vegas (3801 Las Vegas Blvd. South)
For a room rate of $100, please call 702-739-2222 by March 15, 2019 and mention you’re with the Falmouth Institute.
Tuition:   $874


The preservation of your tribe’s culture lies with its children. Are you doing all you can to protect individual child welfare while ensuring the tribe’s traditions are passed onto future generations? In this important class, we’ll explore how tribes can develop and strengthen their child protection code, how ICWA applies when working with state agencies while safeguarding the tribe’s sovereignty, new funding options that have recently become available, and how/if the federal requirements on foster family background checks under the Native American Children’s Safety Act of 2016 and BIA’s 2015 revised ICWA guidelines impact your tribe.

Through interactive exercises and group discussions, you’ll have the opportunity to evaluate a case for application of ICWA; explore what elements a tribe may want to take or leave from ICWA and how to do so; examine different child welfare codes and analyze which features may be best for your tribe; look at best practices for tribal Child Indian Welfare Departments; evaluate different methods for determining safety in a foster home; and discuss the pros and cons of different funding options available, including what hidden strings may be attached.

You’ll also get an update on important court cases that may impact your tribe, like the 2015 class action victory of the Oglala Sioux Tribe and Rosebud Sioux Tribe over South Dakota state officials for ICWA violations. For the first time in years there is positive movement in favor of keeping children with their families and tribes. Learn how your tribe can take advantage of this momentum!