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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 

  • Knowing Who You Are Workshop
    January 20, 21, & 23, 2016 in Anchorage, AK


  • Tribal State Collaboration Group Meeting
    February 2-4, 2016 in Juneau, AK


  • 34th Annual Protecting Our Children NICWA Conference
    April 3-6, 2016 in St. Paul, Minnesota


Tribal Relative and Family Friend Information Forms

These forms can be used by Tribes to provide a list of relatives to OCS and indicate if any extended family members or family friends living in Alaska have requested immediate placement of a child in State custody.  Links to forms for each region are listed below:

Websites 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
Southern 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).