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Tribal Pages

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Prairie Band
Potawatomi Nation

Steve Ortiz, Chairman
16281 Q Road
Mayette, KS 66509
(785) 966-4000 office
(785) 966-4009 fax

Mary Sands, Tribal Social Service Director
Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
11400 158th Street
Mayette, KS 66509
(785) 966-8330 office
(785) 966-8388 fax

Port Gamble
S’Klallam Tribe
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe logo

Ronald G. Charles, Chairman Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe
31912 Little Boston Road NE
Kingston, WA 98346
(360) 297-2646 office
(360) 297-7097 fax

Marilyn Olsen, Social Service Director
Port Gamble S'Klallam Tribe
31912 Little Boston Road NE
Kingston, WA 98346
(360) 297-9636 phone
(360) 297-7097 fax

Confederated Tribes
of Warm Springs

Ronald Suppah, Sr., Council Chairman
P.O. Box 1299
Warm Springs, OR 97761
(541) 553-3257 office
(541) 553-2236 fax

David Conway, Social Services Director
(541) 553-3490
Ron Hager,
Child Protective Services Director
(541) 553-3209 office
(541) 553-1894 fax P.O. Box C
1109 Wasco St
Warm Springs, OR 97761
Carina Miller, IL Coordinator
(541) 553-3394

Tribal youth in out-of-home care have the same right to the services available through the John H. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program as do non-tribal youth in out-of-home care. These services are intended to help youth make a successful transition to adulthood. The services might include help in obtaining a high school diploma, career exploration, vocational training, job placement and retention, training in daily living skills, training in budgeting and financial management skills, substance abuse prevention, and preventive health activities.

Tribes may coordinate with states to ensure that services are available to their youth or they may apply to receive funding directly to provide the services to their youth.

The Foster Care Independence Act of 1999, which created the John H Chafee Independence Program, requires states to consult with tribes about their independent living programs and provide independent living activities to Indian children “on the same basis as to other children in the State.”

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 made it possible for tribes to administer their own Chafee and/or ETV Programs. Currently there are four tribes that have chosen to do so.

They are:

  • Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs
  • Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation
  • Santee Sioux Nation
  • Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe

The National Resource Center for Youth Development (NRCYD) can assist tribes in coordinating with states to ensure that Chafee Program services meet the needs of tribal youth.

NRCYD can also assist tribes in developing their own preparation for adulthood services.

Requests for free training and technical assistance may be made directly to NRCYD or to the new National Resource Center 4 Tribes.

The National Resource Center for Tribes (NRC4Tribes) is the newest resource center in the Children’s Bureau Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) National Network. NRC 4 Tribes works collaboratively with tribes and the T&TA Network to assist Tribes in the enhancement of child welfare services and the promotion of safety, permanency and well-being for American Indian/Alaska Native children and families:

Youth Development Resources

Many resource documents have been developed for tribal youth and the tribal and non-tribal organizations that work with them. The publications section includes these resources as well as many others that may be of interest to tribal programs.

Fostering Connections to Success and Increasing Adoptions Act of 2008 (Public Law 110-351) allows tribes, for the first time, to receive direct funding from the federal government under Title IV-E of the Social Security Act. Port Gamble S’Klallam Tribe (PGST) becomes the first Native American community permitted to operate its own guardianship assistance, foster care and adoption assistance program. On Tuesday, March 20, 2012 the Administration for Children & Families issued a press release in response to this monumental collaboration.


There are many other websites that may be useful to tribal and state agencies providing services to American Indian children, youth, and families.