A Message From The Office of Tribal Relations: DCYF Updates

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A Message From the Office of Tribal Relations

November 17, 2020


November is Native American Heritage Month

Gov. Inslee Proclaims November as Native American Heritage Month and November 27 as Native American Heritage Day.

Read the Proclamation

COVID-19 Update from DCYF

DCYF sent the following messages in response to Gov. Inslee's Nov. 15 extension of the Stay Safe, Stay Healthy Proclamation:

Message to Child Care Providers

Message to Partners and Stakeholders

Grant Opportunity

DCYF is providing direct support to licensed child care providers for stabilization, to assist with reopening and staying open, to offset increased costs associated with the COVID-19 pandemic and to incentivize providers to serve school-age children. 

Learn more about the DCYF Fall Child Care COVID-19 Grant

Join DCYF for Native American Heritage Month Webinars

Join us as we host a series of webinars to highlight, educate and celebrate Native American Heritage Month. Learn more about the history of local tribes and learn from experts about topics such as the fish wars and the myth of the doctrine of discovery.

Join us for the following webinars:

  • Friday, Nov. 20, 10-11 a.m. Guest Speaker: Willie Frank III, Nisqually Indian Tribe. Topic: Fish Wars and Today’s Status. Join via Zoom.
  • Monday, Nov. 23, 10-11 a.m. Guest Speaker: JoDe Goudy, Yakama Indian Nation. Topic: The Myth of the Doctrine of Discovery. Join via Zoom.

If you have questions or would like more information, please contact Tleena Ives.

Holiday Magic

Holiday Magic is on the horizon! This program sends gifts to more than 5,000 youth in foster care across Washington State. If you have a youth that is currently in out of home care, be on the lookout for an eligibility email with registration instructions. If you don’t receive an email but believe a child in your care should be eligible, please reach out to Kateri Joe with questions by email at kateri.joe@treehouseforkids.org.

A Message From the Center for Native American Youth

Dear Relatives,

We’ll be brief. Thank you for your commitment to democracy. We are so proud of the work, especially Native youth led efforts, in civic engagement. Unfortunately, with this historic election, we continue to see erasure of Native people in polling and data. In response, we have created the Something Else Survey. It takes about 2 minutes to complete, and we are asking all Native and Indigenous peoples 18 and older to please complete this survey and to share it in your networks! The deadline to complete this survey is Tuesday, November 17, 2020. This survey is another opportunity for Native peoples to be heard, and a reminder that we are so much more than “something else.” 

For any questions, please email cnayinfo@aspeninstitute.org. Thank you for using your voice, for mobilizing, and your work to increase visibility among Native people everywhere.

Take the Survey

Medical Consultants (MedCon)

Child abuse cases are on the rise and MedCon requests are picking up. To ensure that no one partner or community feels overwhelmed, we are spreading the work more evenly across sites. We anticipate this will be temporary and our response times/workloads will settle out soon.

A few things to note:

  • Your staff may receive a MedCon response from a provider outside of their community/usual contact. 
  • There might be a bit of a response delay. We will take care to ensure that truly urgent cases are addressed immediately, while less urgent cases may take longer. 
  • We have had some provider updates. See MedCon Providers for the most up-to-date list.
  • We have asked our providers to reach out by phone directly to CPS staff if a child needs to be seen urgently. 
  • If CPS staff need to bring a child in to be seen, we ask that this be done as soon as possible (within 48 hrs). 
    • If the child will be coming to Seattle Children’s, please call for a pre-arrival. You can call the program directly M-F, 8-4 (206-987-2194), or ED Communications after hours (206-987-2222).

More information:

Sapsik'ʷałá (Teacher) Education Program

The Sapsik'ʷałá (Teacher) Education Program is seeking highly qualified, passionate American Indian/Alaska Native applicants for their cohort to begin classes in June 2021 at their beautiful campus on Kalapuya Ilihi (Eugene, Oregon). The deadline for applying is Jan, 15, 2021.

They are also offering recruitment online Zoom sessions for those interested in more information, seeking application assistance, or with specific questions:

Learn more

Contact: sapsikwala@uoregon.edu or 541-346-2454

Upcoming Events

  • Nov. 17, 11 a.m.: Supporting Fathers' Involvement in Children's Lives: From "Second Shift" to "First Shift": Supporting Fathers as Central to Family Life. Join BTC for a free webinar series that will explore how early childhood programs, home visitors, health and mental health providers and community agencies can support father engagement and co-parenting. They will share strategies, tools and outcomes from the Supporting Father Involvement (SFI) Program, an evidence-based research and intervention program that has increased father involvement in families that are culturally and economically diverse. Register Here.
  • Nov. 20, 3 p.m.: Vision for the Future: A Conversation Among Indigenous Youth: If you would like to attend, please RSVP by using this simple form.
  • Nov. 23, 9-10:30 a.m.: John Hopkins Center for American Indian Health Webinar: Indigenous Lessons for the World. Guest speakers Oren Lyons, Faithkeeper (Turtle Clan) and Member Chief of Onondaga Council of Chiefs and the Grand Council of the Iroquois Confederacy, and Rex Lyons, Iroquois Nationals and Onondaga Runner. Register Here

Missing Child Law Enforcement Assistance

The United States Marshals Service (USMS) can assist with family and non-family abductions, endangered runaways, lost children, injured children and otherwise missing children. 

To learn more and for information on how to request USMS assistance, download their flyer.

Funding Opportunities

  • Perigee Fund Request for Proposals: Design Phase for Guaranteed Basic Income (GBI) in Washington State. Perigee Fund seeks a design partner to develop a groundbreaking GBI pilot program in one to three communities across Washington State. The design would be anchored around an intent to enroll pregnant families in a no-strings-attached GBI program, supporting them from the time of pregnancy to the period up to age three. Deadline: Jan. 7, 2021. Learn more
  • Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice Grants: Request for Proposals (RFP) seeks qualified contractor(s) to advance three priority areas in juvenile justice system improvements. The priority areas have been determined by the Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice (WA-PCJJ) as part of the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention Title II Action Grants allocation. Proposals are due Dec. 4, 2020. Learn more here. Priorities for funding are given to the following (a), (b), (c) categories:
    • (a) Programs to divert youth from entering or re-entering the juvenile justice system with demonstrated outcomes on reducing racial and ethnic disparities.
    • (b) Culturally relevant and trauma-informed behavioral health expansions that provides supportive services to justice-involved youth and their families.
    • (c) Culturally relevant and trauma-informed programs that support justice-involved youth and their families re-entering and transitioning back to their home communities from detention or state custody.
  • Washington State Partnership Council on Juvenile Justice Grants: Request for Proposals (RFP) from tribal governments for the Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (JJDP) Act Title II Formula Grants Program’s Native American Pass-Through Funding. Funding is available for Native American Tribes to address juvenile justice needs of their youth in Washington State. Proposals due Dec. 7, 2020. Learn more here.
  • Washington Department of Health Essentials for Childhood: Qualified organizations are invited to submit proposals to embed Vroom brain-building content and activities into their programs and initiatives. Vroom translates brain science into tips and activities for parents and caregivers of children age 0 to 5. It helps them make the most of the moments they already have with their children. See the Request for Proposals (RFP) for information about qualifications, approach and how to submit a proposal. If you intend to submit a proposal, you must register to receive updates on RFP 25654 at WEBS (Washington’s Electronic Business Solution)WEBS. We especially welcome proposals that introduce Vroom to families and communities who are underserved and have been historically marginalized. This includes communities impacted by persistent inequities caused by racism, historical trauma, economic injustice and cultural and linguistic barriers to participating in mainstream culture and services.
  • Partnership Opportunities at the Center for the Ethics of Indigenous Genomic Research: The Center for the Ethics of Indigenous Genomic Research, a federally funded Center of Excellence in Ethical, Legal, and Social implications Research (RM1 HG 009042) at the University of Oklahoma, seeks notices of intent from interested potential community and academic partners to join our research consortium. CEIGR is a multidisciplinary research consortium focused broadly on systematic inquiry into Indigenous concerns about genomic research. The Center is inclusive of community-based investigators and prioritizes community-driven initiatives.

    These opportunities are for two-year projects, at $50,000 direct costs/year beginning January 1, 2021. Funding can be provided either to an academic or community organization, but the work needs to be pursued in a formal partnership with an identified tribal community. Interested community partners who may lack an academic partner are welcome to propose joining with our current investigators to pursue their project.

    The notice of intent should be sent to the email below, with an attachment outlining the question of interest and proposed partners in no more than one single-spaced page. Specific methods will be worked out in collaboration with faculty and staff of the Center after initial review so there is no need to specify these. We are primarily interested in the community’s interests and needs in ethical, legal, and social implications research.

    In addition to this statement, we also need the one-page summary to identify a lead who will be expected to join our consortium in a funded role, either as an academic or community partner (or both). The budget will be expected to support a portion of that person’s effort (minimally 10% FTE) to engage in the project activities. That will also be worked out following initial review, so there is again no need to include those details in your initial communication with our team. Our selection committee and advisory board will review the letters, and applicants may be contacted for a quick discussion about the proposed work before final selection.

    Please send your letter by Dec. 1, 2020, to Jessica Blanchard at jessicawalker@ou.edu