A Message From The Office of Tribal Relations: January Newsletter

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A Message From the Office of Tribal Relations

January 2022

2022 Legislative Session is Underway

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The Washington State Legislature convened on Monday, Jan. 10 for the 2022 Legislative Session. This will be a short, 60-day session in which the Legislature will mainly focus on budgets, technical fixes, and emergencies. Stay up-to-date on the session with the following resources:

In This Issue:

Job Opportunities

Administration for Children & Families: Child Care Program Specialist

Boston Children's Hospital: Reflective Practice Consultants/Supervisors (RFQ)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Director, Office of Tribal Affairs and Strategic Alliances

Puyallup Tribe of Indians:

DCYF News & Updates

The Office of Tribal Relations is Hiring an Early Learning Tribal Liaison

In the role of Early Learning Tribal Liaison, you will draw upon your history of successfully working with tribal communities and governments, as well as your knowledge of state and federal early learning programs to assure quality and comprehensive program service delivery in the areas of child welfare & early learning.

Applications accepted through Jan. 17 at 11:59 p.m. Apply: Early Learning Tribal Liaison.

DOJ Awards More Than $8.5 Million to Western Washington Tribes

For justice and tribal youth development programs.

The U.S. Department of Justice has awarded more than $8.5 million to Western Washington Indian Tribes for improvements to their criminal justice systems and youth development programs, announced U.S. Attorney Nick Brown.  The awards, to eight different tribes, are targeted for specific needs identified by each tribal community.

Read the full announcement

Child Care Resources Early Head Start Program

Early Head Start Program is a free child care program for families/children who may qualify for child care services. The Early Head Start program serves children who are birth to three years of age.

Also, the new Early Head Start program serves families who are experiencing homelessness, families/pregnant women of color, foster care, children who may have a disability, families who may have low income, or are undocumented, and provide a partnership of connection and growth through quality child care services throughout King and Pierce County.

CCR has 14 Family Child Care Providers located throughout Pierce (Tacoma, Graham, Spanaway, and Lakewood) and King (Federal Way). Each of the EHS FCCP Providers have allocated 4 EHS slots. Please share the Early Head Start flyers:

English, Spanish, Somali, Vietnamese, Chinese

Helping Older Adults Prepare for 3G Network Shutdowns

3G wireless networks are scheduled to shut down this year, which may disproportionately impact older adults and low-income individuals. To learn more, click here. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) Consumer Guide on this topic is available here.

Funding Opportunity

  • Funding for Traditional Foods and Foodways in Tribal Early Learning: Thanks to Washington State’s Farm to ECE Implementation Grant, funding is available for Tribal early learning programs to start or expand their work with traditional foods and foodways. Traditional foods education looks different in each setting, but can include activities such as cooking with traditional foods; education on the Tribe's culture and language through food; foraging, fishing and gardening; reading books about traditional foods and foodways and offering traditional foods in meals and snacks. Funding can be used to purchase up to $500 in materials that will help grow and support traditional foods programming, such as garden bed and greenhouse equipment, books, cooking equipment, classroom activity materials, and printing and laminating materials. The application will remain open until all of the funds have been spent, but you are encouraged to apply or reach out to express interest soon as funding may be limited. No mandatory reporting is necessary and the application is minimal. Apply here. For application questions or more information on traditional foods programming in early learning, email sophia@uncommonsolutionsinc.com and chris.mornick@doh.wa.gov.

Conferences and Training Opportunities

  • Transcending Barriers of Whiteness for Next Generation Wellbeing: Jan. 19, 11 a.m. More info and registration.

  • Talking Circle: Safeguarding Our Children from Human Trafficking: Using Culture as A Protective and Healing Influence Among Native Youth: Jan. 27, 12-1 p.m. Register here.
  • Virtual Field Trips: These live and interactive programs led by a museum educator focus on specific topics in Indigenous histories, cultures, and contemporary lives. A variety of programs are available for Pre-K–12 students. February slots now available! Learn more and register.

  • Tacoma Pierce County Opioid Task Force Virtual Summit: March 17, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. More info and registration.
  • Washington State Indian Education Association 37th Annual Conference: At Suquamish Tribe’s Clearwater Resort/Casino/Suquamish, April 4-6. Download the flyer.

  • Working With Qualified Expert Witnesses in Support of ICWA (Webinar): DCYF staff can express interest by emailing dcyf.tribalrelations@dcyf.wa.gov for the Working With Qualified Expert Witnesses in Support of ICWA (webinar) course. Other workforce members, such as Tribal workers, can request registration for this course using the Alliance External Registration form. Use this form also if you are CWTAP, Private Agency, and Judicial Personnel (incl. CASA/GAL). For help with this webform, please contact Alliance Support via alliancesupport@uw.edu.