Plenary Session 3
Working with Individuals and Families with Substance Abuse Concerns, Tips for the Non-Mental Health Professionals
Ashley K. Harding, Yellowhawk Tribal Health Center
Hon. Josh Hudson, Bay Mills Indian Community Healing to Wellness Court
1.25 CLE; 1.25 SWCE
Learn approaches and tools to provide supportive home-based or outreach services with individuals and families who are struggling with substance abuse. Trauma can impact establishing trusting and intentional connections to empower families forward in healing.
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Break 8:15am AK - 9:15am PT - 10:15am MT - 11:15am CT - 12:15pm ET
Breakout Session 3
Social Services: Child Welfare and DV in Tribal Courts After COVID-19
Sheldon Spotted Elk, Casey Family Programs & Tribal Justice Support
Hon. Eric M. Mehnert, Penobscot Nation Tribal Court
1 CLE (Elimination of Bias); 1 SWCE
COVID-19 has drastically changed the way we conduct business as usual. Like governments around the world, tribal courts have responded to the pandemic by social distancing, adapting protocols and procedures, and issuing emergency declarations. Abuse and violence does not stop happening just because practitioners stop going into work. In fact, studies show that domestic violence rates have increased during “stay at home” orders. This session will discuss these cases as COVID-19 orders are lifted and unpack in the importance of balancing the rights of children with their best interests in mind.
Law Enforcement: Balancing Victim's Rights and Children's Needs in DV Cases
Rachel Carr, Uniting Three Fires Against Violence
Neoshia Roemer, Michigan State University College of Law
1 CLE (Elimination of Bias)
In domestic violence situations, ensuring the safety of the child with visitation needs requires delicate balancing of children’s needs (or best interests) and parent rights (both victim and aggressor) and how this particularly effects peoples and children of color. The Indian Child Welfare Act, a critical tool of protection from bias in child welfare cases involving Native children, continues to apply even in cases where domestic violence is present.
Break 9:45am AK - 10:45am PT - 11:45am MT - 12:45pm CT - 1:45pm ET
Plenary Session 4 Healing Families from Intergenerational Trauma
Sandy White Hawk, First Nations Repatriation Institute
Ann Haines Holy Eagle, Indian Advocate, Indian Child Welfare Law Center
1.5 CLE; 1.5 SWCE
Between an overrepresentation in the foster care system and the aftermath of the Boarding School Era, for decades Native American children have experienced trauma from their forced removal. In response, the Indian Child Welfare Act is federal legislation created to keep Native families together. Generations of removal have had a traumatic toll on tribal communities. Understanding healing requires a critical look at the genocidal tool of child removal. The presenters speak from first-hand accounts of trauma and how this has affected their family lineage.