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Fall 2011 - National Indian Child Welfare Association

Fall 2011 - National Indian Child Welfare Association

From the Executive

From the Executive Director Dear Members and Supporters of NICWA: This season of preparation for the coming months gives us much to reflect on and be thankful for. NICWA recently held two tribal leadership academies. The first, held in Rockville, Maryland, was for Systems of Care grantees. Each site brought a few staff and stakeholders, including mental health services providers, elected tribal leaders, grassroots community leaders, and youth coordinators. This diverse group of about 30 participants joined NICWA staff and consultants and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration leadership in examining what leadership is and different leadership styles through an experiential learning curriculum. One week later, NICWA staff and consultants traveled to Seward, Alaska, to adapt our curriculum for a group of nearly 100 tribal, tribal organization, and state Office of Children’s Services leaders and staff involved in the Western and Pacific Implementation Center (WPIC) project. With more people involved and even longer days, the academy was an intense experience that allowed participants to explore leadership styles and identify ways that they could build their leadership skills and exercise leadership for the benefit of children and families. The success of our leadership academies also gives us an opportunity to reflect on the excellent staff, strong contributing members, and generous donors that make our work possible. This NICWA News issue highlights the accomplishments of two NICWA staff: Senior Program Director Melissa Clyde (Navajo) and Development Manager Eddie Sherman (Navajo). NICWA’s board and staff would like to thank our members. Many of you participated in our recent membership survey, and we appreciate the information you shared about what NICWA services and membership benefits you find useful now, as well as additional membership benefits you would like and how you can contribute your expertise to our collective cause. Membership Manager Margie Sarna-Wojcicki summarized the results of our membership survey in this issue. In closing, we thank our new and ongoing sponsors. We deeply appreciate your support and partnership. It is your generous donations that allow NICWA to increase our capacity to provide trainings and technical assistance, track legislation and advocate for tribal governments and Native children, and build the infrastructure that will sustain this work for generations to come. Terry L. Cross What’s Inside the Fall 2011 Issue: Letter from the Chief of Staff..........................................................................2 NICWA Profile and Board and Staff Lists...................................................3 Senior Program Director Awarded U.N. Fellowship...........................................4-5 Development Manager Awarded Native 40 Under 40 Award................................6 Operations Update.....................................................................................7-8 Membership Survey Results...........................................................................9 NICWA Donors.............................................................................................10 New and Renewing Members of NICWA........................................................11 NICWA News Published by the National Indian Child Welfare Association 5100 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 300, Portland, Oregon 97239 P: (503) 222-4044 www.nicwa.org F: (503) 222-4007 Editor: NICWA Executive Communications Manager Kristy Alberty COVER PHOTO: At the NICWA annual conference--photo by Amber Wishoff. 2

The National Indian Child Welfare Association The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) was established in 1983 as the Northwest Indian Child Welfare Institute in response to the need for trained Indian child welfare workers. In 1994, the organization became national in scope and was renamed the National Indian Child Welfare Association. Mission Statement: NICWA is dedicated to the well-being of American Indian and Alaska Native children and families. Board of Directors Officers President Vice President Secretary Treasurer Maurice Lyons Theodore Nelson, Sr. Rochelle Ettawageshik Gary Peterson (Morongo Band of Mission Indians) (Seminole) (Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa) (Skokomish) Members Marla Jean Big Boy (Oglala Sioux) Patricia Carter (Nez Perce) Anita Chisholm (Absentee Shawnee) Paul Day (Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe) Jennifer Elliott (Sac and Fox) Donne Fleagle (Athabaskan) Jocelyn Formsma (Swampy Cree) Debra Foxcroft (Tseshaht) Linda Logan (Choctaw) Robert R. McGhee (Poarch Band of Creek Indians) Don Milligan (Métis: Cree/Assiniboine, Yakama Nation, Kootenai) Mary Tenorio, PhD (Santo Domingo) Gil Vigil (Tesuque) Jalea Walker (Smith River Rancheria, Tolowa) Jeffrey C. Whelan (St. Regis Mohawk) Board of Regents Brad Earl (Nez Perce descendent) David Powless (Oneida) Sherry Salway-Black (Oglala Lakota) Don Sampson (Walla Walla) John Shagonaby (Potawatomi) Mike Tiger (Seminole Tribe of Florida) Council of Elders Lola Sohappy (Warm Springs) William Clark (Cherokee) Strategic Leadership Council Lt. Gov. Jefferson Keel (Chickasaw) Ernie Stevens, Jr. (Oneida) NICWA Staff Terry L. Cross (Seneca) Executive Director Fannie Black (Yup’ik) Director of Operations Melissa Clyde (Navajo) Senior Program Director Sarah Kastelic (Alutiiq) Chief of Staff Kristy Alberty (Cherokee), Executive Communications Manager Kimberly Barber (Navajo), Fiscal Support Specialist Tia Begay (Navajo), Fiscal Specialist Debra Clayton (St. Croix Chippewa), Community Development Specialist Laurie Evans (Chickasaw), Event Manager Carmen Farmer, Operations Specialist Valorie Gaede (Shoshone-Bannock), Project Support Ashley Horne, Senior Government Affairs Associate Nadja Jones (Comanche/Onondaga Nation), Senior Community Development Specialist Jen Rountree, Research Assistant Margie Sarna-Wojcicki, Member Relations Manager Matthew Scott (Siletz), Executive Assistant Eddie Sherman (Navajo), Development Manager David Simmons, Director of Government Affairs and Advocacy Rudy Soto (Shoshone-Bannock), Youth Coordinator April Ybarra, Project Support 3

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