A Message From The Office of Tribal Relations: April 27, 2022 Newsletter

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A Message From the Office of Tribal Relations

April 27, 2022

National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

The National Partners Work Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the MMIW Family Advisors have organized a National Week of Action from April 29 to May 5, 2022.

The purpose of the National Week of Action is to call the nation and the world to action in honoring missing and murdered Indigenous women.

You can take action by participating in these virtual events, exploring our list of resources, and organizing additional actions in your communities during the week, April 29 to May 5.

Join us in saying ‘enough is enough’ — not one more stolen sister. Read More.

DOJ Launches Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons Webpage

The Department of Justice (DOJ) is committed to addressing the persistent violence endured by Native American families and communities across the country, including working with Tribal nations to address the important issues of missing or murdered indigenous persons.

The DOJ recently launched the Missing or Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) webpage as part of the Department’s Tribal Justice and Safety website, which houses other Tribal initiatives at DOJ such as the Tribal Access Program, grant opportunities, Consultations, and several other resources for Tribes.

In This Issue:

Third Annual Virtual Indigenous, Children, Youth, and Families Conference

Aug. 9-11, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Email dcyf.tribalrelations@dcyf.wa.gov if you would like to be a presenter, have topic ideas, or just general questions. 

Active Efforts Recognition

The Office of Tribal Affairs gives kudos to Laura Reder, a Social Service Specialist III with the Tacoma office. Laura recently went above and beyond in demonstrating exceptional Indian Child Welfare (ICW) case management skills in a recent Child and Family Welfare Services case.

Laura's documentation was extremely thorough and she showed determination in navigating through some complex ICW issues. After she did not receive a response to case planning questions or ICW inquiries, Laura demonstrated consistent and documented efforts on her follow up with the tribe through multiple methods of communication.

Furthermore, Reder maintained the ICW standard for the identified child, while at the same time making concerted efforts to get an updated eligibility determination from the tribe. She offered culturally specific services throughout the life of the case. She invited the tribe to Shared Planning Meetings, provided support and encouragement for the parent and extended family visitation to occur in a natural setting with the relative caregiver, and facilitated parent access to services by offering rides and care coordination.

Way to go Laura. Your hard work is not unnoticed.

Submitted by Allison R. Long, Central Case Review Program Specialist

Funding Opportunities

Child Care Minor Renovations Grant

The pre-application for the 2022 Child Care Minor Reservations Grant is now closed.

Pre-applications that were approved to proceed, are due by Tuesday, May 3, 2022 | Grant website

The Early Learning Facilities (ELF) program supports Washington’s commitment of developing additional high quality early learning opportunities for children from low-income households. The ELP program aims to help Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program contractors and Working Connections Child Care providers to expand, remodel, purchase, or construct early learning facilities and classrooms necessary to support early learning opportunities for children from low-income households.

ELF funding is open to nonprofits, public entities, tribes and for-profit businesses. Nonprofit and for-profit business applicants must be registered in the State of Washington. All applicants must be able to meet all applicable licensing and certification requirements under specific RCWs and WACs pertaining to the early learning and childcare services proposed in the facilities to which the funding will be applied.

Grants made by the ELF program are for reimbursement of capital projects only. Capital costs may include acquisition, design, engineering, third-party construction management, and construction and capitalized equipment costs associated with building early learning facilities. 

For more information, click here: English | Spanish | Somali

Certified Community Behavioral Health Clinic Planning, development, and implementation (CCBH-PDI)

Applications due Tuesday, May 17, 2022 | Grant website

The purpose of this four-year program is to help transform community behavioral health systems and provide comprehensive, coordinated behavioral health care. CCBHCs provide person-family-centered integrated services. Awards can be up to $1,000,000.

2022 Spring Tribal Home Visiting Funding Opportunity

Applications and Budget Template due Thursday , June 30, 2022 | Application Guidance

DCYF announces the Home Visiting Services Account (HVSA) 2022 Tribal Home Visiting Funding Opportunity. This Funding Opportunity is intended to increase - by approximately 50 families - the number of tribal communities funded by the HVSA through a competitive award process. Total funding available is up to $480,000. Applications may not exceed $240,000 per proposal.  Read More.

Conferences and Training Opportunities

Virtual Learning Circle on Land-Based Learning in Indigenous Early Childhood Settings

May 3, 10 and 27, 2022 | Virtual | Register here

Join the Tribal Early Childhood Research Center, the Brazelton Touchpoints Center and educators working in Indigenous early childhood settings in the U.S. and Canada as they explore how they are drawing on Indigenous understandings and teachings about our relationship with the land and the wisdom it holds to incorporate land-based learning in their work. In a series of three virtual learning circles, attendees will engage in dialogue and reflection with early childhood educators from a diverse range of Indigenous cultures and communities and diverse relationships with and access to their cultures, languages and lands.

Save the date: National Tribal Public Health Summit

May 9-12, 2022 | Virtual | Register here

The agenda for the National Indian Health Board’s Annual National Tribal Public Health Summit is currently under construction and will include training, workshops, and roundtable sessions on topics such as COVID-19 and Vaccines, Tribal Public Health, Environmental Health, Health Promotion, and Mental and Behavioral Health. 

Tribal wellness and resilience gathering

May 16 - 18, 2022 | Heathman Lodge - Vancouver, WA | Register here

Learn how tribes are building resiliency this season. This event is hosted by the Cowlitz Tribe. Offerings include: Both youth and adult tracks (limited to five youth, ages 12-17, per tribe), breakout sessions, and keynote speakers. Meals are included with free registration.

We R Native: Amplifying Youth Voices Through Digital Storytelling

May 18, 2022 | Virtual | Register here

The Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) and the National Indigenous Women's Resource Center have joined forces with a number of partners to support adolescent health, education, and cultural resiliency skills. Youth have amazing voices and the importance of amplifying those voices is essential. Join We R Native, NPAIHB and StrongHearts Native Helpline as they discuss positive youth development strategies and the process of creating healthy relationship content which is all led by Native youth and young adults. The National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center presents this webinar in conjunction with our NativeLove project.

Skills for Strong Grants: Developing Goals, Objectives, and Outcomes 

June 7, 2022 | 8 to 11 a.m. | Register here

In this workshop, we will put the spotlight on goals, objectives, and outcomes as essential building blocks for competitive grant proposals, exceptional programs, and accountable reporting. Participants will have opportunities to ask questions, share insights, work in small groups, and practice new skills. 

2022 Summer Immersion Symposium

July 22-23, 2022 | Salish School of Spokane | Register here

Learn how to establish and run a Native immersion school and train new fluent teachers. The goal is to provide training and inspiration for teachers, activists and leaders on how to plan and operate a successful Native immersion school.

Yakama Nation Behavioral Health Services 4th Annual Trauma Informed Care Conference

July 19 - 21, 2022 | Legends Casino - Toppenish, WA | Register here

Yakama Nation Behavioral Health Services cordially invites you to be a part of the 4th Annual Trauma Informed Care Conference.

Conference topics include: Historical Trauma (day 1), Trauma Informed Care (day 2), and Wellness and Healing (day 3).

The intent of this conference is to raise awareness on Historical Trauma, Trauma Informed Care, and to share Wellness and Healing methods to all community members and providers who serve Native American and Alaskan Native Communities. Conference attendees may include: community members, teachers, law enforcement, attorneys, social workers, therapists, and chemical dependency counselors. Presenters, speakers, and area experts are brought in from across the nation to present at the conference. The event is free to attend. Register early to secure your spot.

Youth Opportunities

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The Washington Youth ChalleNGe Academy Seeks Youth Applications

The Washington Youth ChalleNGe Academy (WYCA) is seeking youth applications for the July 16, 2022, program. They are accepting a full class of 110 males and 55 females.

A simplified admission process has been created. Youth can complete the application quickly with reduced documents and electronic submissions.   

Travel has been authorized for in-person presentations. Please contact the WYCA if you are interested in booking a presentation. Presentations are a great opportunity for staff working with youth and families, to learn about the program. Professional Tours of the WYCA begin in May.

The Washington Youth ChalleNGe Academy is an academic intervention for students 15-18, who are behind in credit, have dropped out of high school or are at-risk of dropping out. For students that are 15, they must turn 16 during the residential cycle and must be approved for admission by the Program Director. The goal of the program is to give youth a second chance at graduating with their class and become responsible and productive citizens by helping them improve their life skills, education levels, and employment potential.

Click here to apply to the WYCA

Online paid study to test Native WYSE CHOICES mobile health apps for urban Native young women

A Native WYSE (women, young, strong, empowered) CHOICES mobile app has been developed for young Native women living in urban-based areas, to help support them in making choices about their health and the health of future generations

They have created two mobile apps that address topics important to young Native women such as health, contraception, and making smart choices about alcohol use. The apps also cover life skills like budgeting, credit scores 101, how to write a resume, and other professional development skills.

The Native WYSE CHOICES project is looking for urban, Native young women (ages 16-20), residing in any non-Alaskan urban area with a population of 50,000, to help test the apps.

They will be paying participants up to $215 over 12 months for taking the surveys and testing the app. 

Click here to see if you are eligible

General Information and Resources

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The Reser Presents: Creative Cosmology and Mythology

May 14, 2022 | 12 p.m. | Register here

The Reser Center continues the Celilo – Never Silenced artist talk series in an intimate discussion of cosmology and mythological influences. Steeped in stories of the past, artists Analee Fuentes and Richard Rowland share unique experiences of their art-making practices. 

The Reser Presents: Ancestral Gifts

May 22, 2022 | 12 p.m. | Register here

The Reser Center has partnered with Confluence, a community-supported nonprofit with the mission to connect people to the history, living cultures, and ecology of the Columbia River system,  for the concluding Celilo – Never Silenced artist talk. Artists Lillian Pitt, Greg Archuleta, Greg Robinson, and Sara Siestreem create art inspired by the stories of their people, the land they originally lived on, and the cultures that sustains them.

Native Art Exhibit at the Reser Center, Beaverton, Ore.

Recommendations - Read and Watch


  • Native American Read-In: Featured Guests: Native authors, artists and storytellers participating in the 2022 Native American Read-In are:
    • Tony Duncan
    • Violet Duncan
    • Roger Fernandes
    • Michaela Goade
    • Kinsale Hueston
    • Cheryl Metoyer
    • Joe Seymour
    • Cynthia Leitich Smith
    • Traci Sorell


  • Youth in Action: Conversations about Our Future: Hear from young Native activists and changemakers from across the Western Hemisphere working towards equity and social justice for Indigenous peoples. Topics vary each month. These FREE webinars are targeted to middle and high school students. Watch the latest episodes On Demand
  • Indigenous Food Sovereignty: In the latest episode of the Youth in Action: Conversations about Our Future series, you can learn how young Native foodies are working to decolonize their diets and restore balance in their bodies and communities. Watch Now On demand
  • Abigail Echo-Hawk speaks at Running for the Future: Director of Urban Indian Health Institute, Abigail Echo-Hawk (Pawnee), was recently invited to speak at Running for the Future, a University of Washington Public Lectures event led by Jordan Marie Brings Three White Horses Daniel (Lakota) and Rosalie Fish (Cowlitz/Muckleshoot), which aimed to define, detail, and address the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women crisis. Watch it Here.