NPR Ombudsman Dissects Native Foster Care Series

The Ombudsman for NPR, Edward Schumacher-Matos, has finally released a SIX part response to the Native Foster Care Series that aired on NPR in October of 2011.  Below are a few links: An 80 page PDF of the Ombudsman’s entire response can be found here. S. Dakota Indian Foster Care 1: Investigative Storytelling Gone Awry…

Child Welfare Funding in South Dakota (Again)

Way back in October of 2011, I posted this brief look at child welfare funding.  Since that time, I have learned more about the topic.  More significantly however, false information on the subject continues to infect and distort the discussion regarding Indian child welfare in South Dakota.  In this post, I will further examine the…

Recapping the ICWA Summit

I recently spent most of May 15-17 attending the Great Plains ICWA Summit held in Rapid City.  I was there for almost the entirety of the Summit, but may have missed a few things due to side conversations.  I came away with a number of thoughts which are not necessarily connected.  I think it best…

Another ICWA Summit Agenda

I have received another agenda for the upcoming ICWA Summit.  It is slightly different than the previous one, and linked below in PDF format. 2013.05.13 BIA Summit Agenda According to this article, the summit will be broadcast on KOLC-TV, which is available on some South Dakota cable networks, and potentially streamed online.

Revised ICWA Summit Agenda

I received a revised agenda for the upcoming ICWA Summit late yesterday afternoon.  It is attached below in PDF format.  My understanding is that additional changes to the agenda may still occur, but this one is closer to the final product than the one I posted previously.  The most notable change from the previous version…

Tentative ICWA Summit Agenda Available

About a month ago, I posted about the upcoming ICWA summit that is being sponsored by the BIA on May 15-17 at the Ramkota hotel in Rapid City.  I indicated that I would post a copy of the agenda for that summit as soon as one became available.  Unfortunately, there has been some disagreement over…

Indian Foster Care Summit Information

In my previous post, I linked to an Associated Press article that said a long-awaited summit on Indian foster care had been scheduled for April 15 through 17 in Rapid City.  As that date loomed closer and no additional details emerged, I decided to try to obtain them.  I talked to an official at the…

Summit Being Scheduled and ICWA Directors Report Released

A summit is finally being scheduled regarding Indian foster care.  I previously wrote about how the BIA had indicated that it would hold such a summit, but had not followed through.  Unfortunately, the only information I have found on the summit has been a single Associated Press article, published in various sources on February 7th…