Investigative Social Services

Indian Child Welfare Act

Room 202 July 23, 2018 1:15 pm - 2:45 pm

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Shirley Cain
Jessica L. Ryan
Mary Lynch


This course is designed to educate and train county, tribal and other attorneys. We will inform the audience about Native American history, historical trauma and laws, the new and updated Minnesota Indian Family Preservation Act Amendments enacted in 2015. We will also inform the audience about the recent Bureau of Indian Affairs regulations effective December, 2016.

Learning Outcomes

  1. To teach the audience about Native American history and how the history has affected current policy as it pertains to Native American treatment in systems.
  2. To teach the audience about historical trauma and how it affects clients in systems including child welfare, criminal justice and other systems.
  3. To teach the audience about laws, regulations and rules that affect Native American child welfare cases.
  4. To teach the audience the about recent state amendments and Bureau of Indian Affairs, which are recent federal regulations that impact Indian child welfare cases.
  5. To teach the audience about active efforts versus reasonable efforts, which sets a higher standard for social workers and prosecutors.


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