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Indian Child Welfare

About Us

The State of Alaska Department of Health & Social Services (DHSS), Office of Children's Services (OCS) strongly supports the Indian Child Welfare (ICWA) and continues to build federal ICWA mandates into all levels of OCS Child Welfare. We continue to develop positive collaborative and communicative partnerships with all Native organizations and Alaska Native Tribal organizations.


Upcoming Events

  • Circumpolar World Music Celebration
    October 3, 2015 in Anchorage, AK 
  • Knowing Who You Are Workshop
    October 15-16, 2015 in Anchorage, AK

  • Annual Alaska Federation of Natives Convention
    October 15-17, 2015 in Anchorage, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are Workshop
    October 22-23, 2015 in Ketchikan, AK
  • Alaska CINA Conference
    October 22-24 in Anchorage, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are Workshop
    October 26-27, 2015 in Fairbanks, AK
  • Undoing Racism Workshop
    October 27-29 in Bethel, AK
  • NICWA Training Institute
    (ICWA Basics with Guidelines Update, Advanced ICWA,
    Positive Indian Parenting)
    Nov. 17-20 in Anchorage, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are Workshop
    November 18-19 in Nome, AK
  • Annual BIA Tribal Providers Conference
    November 30-December 4, 2015 in Anchorage, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are Workshop
    December 9-10 in Bethel, AK
  • Knowing Who You Are Workshop
    January 20, 21, & 23, 2016 in Anchorage, AK
Web sites that you can look through for current news and information on Indian Child Welfare, Institutional Racism, and Alaska Native issues.

Alaska Summit Enterprises, Inc or
American Indian and Native American news, information, and entertainment resource. or
Alaska Native News Informing the people of the Last Frontier with news from the state and beyond.
News for all Americans
Today’s Independent Indian news
Sothern Poverty Law Center

Quick Facts for Alaska

● American Indian or Alaska Native is identified as one of the categories of race by the Federal government.

● There are 229 federally recognized Tribes in Alaska, out of the “Alaska Native” demographic. There are many more Tribes but not federally recognized.

● There are 10 different ethnicities of Alaska Native people identified.(Athabascan, Yup'ik, Cup’ik, Inupiaq, Unangax/Aleut, Alutiiq/Sugpiaq, Eyak, Tlingit, Haida, Tsimshian)

● There are many different cultures within each Alaska Native ethnicity.

● There is only one Tribe with Federally recognized reservation status in Alaska (Metlakatla).

● There are only two Tribes with exclusive jurisdiction in Alaska (Barrow and Chevak).