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Center for Tribes

The Center for Tribes collaborates with American Indian and Alaska Native nations to help strengthen Tribal child and family systems and services in order to nurture the safety, permanency, and well-being of children, youth, and families.


Beliefs and Values

We recognize and respect Tribal self-determination and are committed to providing culturally responsive practices through the following:

  • Recognizing and respecting the inherent sovereign authority of American Indian/Alaska Native nations to govern, control, design, and improve their governmental institutions to support their children, families, and communities.
  • Acknowledging that empowerment and solutions come from within Tribal communities as they build upon their strengths.
  • Approaching our work with honor, respect, and mutual learning, and by observing Tribal customs, traditions, and protocols.
  • Providing capacity-building assistance to support American Indian/Alaska Native nations (our primary constituents) in reaching their strategic child welfare-related goals.
  • Recognizing the government-to-government relationships between Tribal, Federal, and State governments, and that Tribes are full partners in the design and implementation of programs administered by States with funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Read more about our values.