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					                                                                                                    Issue 164
                                                                                                    Fall 2008




 LANDMARK CHILD WELFARE LEGISLATION                                                      Contact Us:
         ENACTED INTO LAW                                                                Executive Office:
 Tribes eligible for the first time to receive direct funding under the                  966 Hungerford Drive
     Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption Assistance Program                              Suite 12-B
                                                                                         Rockville, MD 20850
The 110th Congress has passed will grow up in families that are unable                   Phone: 240-314-7155
the most significant child welfare           to adequately care for them – at least      Fax: 240-314-7159
legislation in more than a decade. This      without help.                               E-Mail:
legislation significantly expands the                                                    general.aaia@verizon.net
Title IV-E Foster Care and Adoption          When these children live in tribal
Assistance Program. Most significantly       communities, Indian tribal governments      Field Office:
for Indian children and families, the bill   have the primary, and in most cases, the    2009 SD Hwy. 10
makes Indian tribes eligible for direct      exclusive authority to serve these most     Suite B
funding under the program. In addition,      vulnerable children in the community --     Sisseton, SD 57262
this bill also expands the program by        Indian children who are at risk from        Phone: 605-698-3998
allowing payments to be made and             abuse or neglect. Yet, they have never      Fax: 605-698-3316
services provided to children in relative    had access to the largest federal program   E-Mail:
guardianships.                               that funds child welfare programs in the    member_services
                                             United States -- Title IV-E -- because of   @venturecomm.net
For almost 30 years, the Title IV-E          an oversight when the law was enacted.
program has provided funding for             Instead, tribes have been serving their     Language Program
children who have been subjected to          child welfare programs through a            Office:
abuse and neglect and who must be            patchwork of funding, combined with         P.O. Box 509
placed in foster care or for adoption.       informal support from the community.        Agency Village, SD 57262
The money provided under this program                                                    Phone: 605-698-4400x367
has been used to make payments to     It is for that reason that AAIA has been           Fax: 605-698-7067
                                      advocating for the inclusion of tribes in
foster and adoptive families and also for                                                E-Mail:
services to children and families,    the Title IV-E program since 1990/91               tdc.aaia@verizon.net
including services that can help to   when we first testified before the House
reunite families.                     Ways and Means and Senate Finance                  Website:
                                      Committees about this issue. As we                 www.indian-affairs.org
Fortunately, the vast majority of stated in our most recent testimony in
Indian children will never need these
services.    However, as in every                          Continued on page 3


  Celebrating 86 Years of Advocacy for American Indian and Alaska Native Peoples 1922-2008
                        AAIA To Host 4th Annual Native American
                          Short Film Festival in New York City
The Association on American Indian                                     AAIA 85th
Affairs (AAIA) will be hosting the 4th Annual                 Annual Meeting of the Members
Native American Short Film Festival in New York
City on November 13, 2008 in conjunction with our                     Thursday, November 13, 2008
85th Annual Meeting of the Members. It will be held
                                                                         Tribeca Screening Room
at the Tribeca Screening Room, beginning at 6:30
P.M. The film program will feature a variety of                     375 Greenwich Street, New York, NY
short films by up and coming Native American film                                6:30 PM
makers.
                                                                        AAIA is proud to present
In addition to once again coordinating this event,                the following short films showcasing
Raquel Chapa (Lipan Apache, Yaqui and Cherokee)                      Native American filmmakers.
will also showcase one of her own films. Raquel is
not only the former Native American curator at the           Sikumi (On the Ice), written and directed by Andrew
Hemispheric Institute, Tisch School of the Arts at           Okpeaha MacLean (Inupiaq). Andrew won the 2008
                                 New York University         Jury Prize in Short Filmmaking at the Sundance Film
                                 who has worked with         Festival. Sikumi, which was shot in Barrow with an
                                 such diverse institutions   Inupiaq cast, tells the tale of a hunter who goes out on
                                 as the Museum of Indian     the ice looking for seal and inadvertently witnesses a
                                 Arts and Culture in Santa   murder.
                                 Fe and the National
                                 Museum of the American      Caleb’s Legacy, directed and produced by Raquel
                                 Indian in New York, but     Chapa (Lipan Apache/Yaqui/Cherokee), through the
Secretary Joy Hanley and         a talented artist in her    American Experience Reel Indian project. In 1655
President Al Ketzler at the pre- own right.
screening reception at the                                   Caleb Cheeshahteaumuck, an Aquinnah Wampanoag
American Indian Community                                    member, became the first graduate of Harvard Indian
House, NYC, 2007.         “We are pleased we are             College. Over 300 years later four Native women at
                          able to continue to show           Harvard from different departments and tribes recount
these short films by young Native American                   their journey to the prestigious institution and draw
filmmakers that are not widely shown even at larger          inspiration from their remarkable forerunner.
Native American film festivals. These films provide
insight into contemporary Indian life that go well           Ancestor’s Eyes, directorial debut by award winning
beyond the stereotypes which persist in the minds of         screenwriter Kalani Queypo (Blackfeet/Hawaiian).
many non-Indians.” explained Jack Trope, Executive           After getting sick, a young Native American woman,
Director of AAIA.                                            Willa, returns to her mother's home where they both
                                                             must come to terms with her illness. Willa's mother,
                                                             who had been a long time 'shut in', begins venturing
Members of the Association who cannot                        outside with her camcorder, taping the sunrise and
attend the meeting, please send in your                      mountains, bringing the outside world in to the bed
proxy which can be found at p.11 of this                     ridden Willa.
newsletter.
                                                             In Horse You See Ross, by Melissa A. Henry
                                                             (Navajo), explains the very essence of being a horse.
Your vote is important! Thank you!
                                                             American Cowboys, written, produced and directed by
Note: DeeAnn DeRoin (Chair) and Joy Hanley have              Cedric (Umatilla) & Tania Wildbill, excerpt, about the
been appointed as the nominating committee for 2008          first Native American to be inducted to Pendleton
Board elections.                                             Roundup.
Director’s Corner
                           Those of you who have           developing a workplace giving campaign designed to
                            been members for a             provide additional support to organizations that meet
                            number of years may            Federation standards and choose to become members
                            remember a story that we       of the Federation.
                            reprinted in Indian Affairs,
                            Issue #149 about a number      We will keep you informed as the Native Ways
                            of non-profit organizations    initiative goes forward. As always, we thank you for
                            that purported to serve        your trust in and support for our organization and the
Indian people and communities, but which actually          work that we do.
spent very little of the money that they raised on valid
programming for Indian people. This article was
printed in response to a letter from a concerned donor
about “fake” Indian charities and, in the years since
that article, we have continued to receive letters from    Child Welfare Passed—Continued from Page 1
members asking about different organizations serving
Native Americans and their track records.                  2008, “It is tragic that we have a federal entitlement
                                                           program to assist abused and neglected children who
As we have thought more about this issue, we have          must be removed from their homes, but have not
decided that we needed to do more than reprint             extended that entitlement to children under tribal
articles – that setting standards for non-profit           jurisdiction.”
organizations serving the Native American
community and giving the public a way to                   Finally, Congress has responded and included direct
differentiate between valid organizations and those        funding to tribes under the program in the legislation
that are not “legitimate” would be a good idea. As a       that it has passed. A broad coalition of child welfare
result, we have joined together with six other national    and adoption organizations, tribes and Indian
non-profit Indian organizations (Native American           organizations like AAIA, the National Indian Child
Rights Fund, National Indian Child Welfare                 Welfare Association and the National Congress of
Association, Running Strong for American Indian            American Indians, worked together to achieve this
Youth, First Nations Development Institute, the            landmark legislation. Senator Max Baucus, Democrat
American Indian Science and Engineering Society            from Montana, played a critical role in getting the
and the American Indian College Fund) to form the          tribal provisions included in the bill that passed
Native Ways Federation.                                    Congress. Other members of Congress who played
                                                           key roles in passing this bi-partisan legislation
The Federation was recently incorporated under             included Reps. McDermott (D-Wash.), Pomeroy (D-
Navajo tribal law.       It will have two primary          ND), and Weller (R-Ill.) and Senators Rockefeller (D-
functions. First, the Federation will create and           WV) and Grassley (R-Iowa).
implement accreditation standards for national
American      Indian/Alaska     Native      non-profit     President Bush signed this legislation October 7, 2008.
organizations. The participation by any non-profit         It is Public Law 110-351.
organization in this program would be entirely
voluntary, but by meeting those standards an
organization will be able to demonstrate that it is a
bona fide organization making meaningful
contributions to the well-being of Native peoples.
Accreditation will enhance the quality of services that
are provided to Native communities, and allow
               Tribal Provisions - P.L. 110-351 - Passed by Congress
As a service to Indian tribes that may be                     would include culturally-sensitive standards that have
interested in operating the Title IV-E program, we are        been developed by organizations that work with
including the following detailed information about the        Indian communities).
tribal provisions in the child welfare legislation in this
                                                              Financial Capacity. An Indian tribe seeking to
newsletter. If there are questions about the legislation,
                                                              operate the IV-E program must not have had any
please contact Jack F. Trope at 240-314-7155.
                                                              uncorrected significant or material exceptions under
Direct funding to tribes. Authorizes tribes (and              Federal social service grants and contracts for the 3
tribal consortia where tribes so choose) to apply to the      year period before the date on which it submits the
Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to              plan.
administer the Title IV-E foster care and adoption
                                                              Tribal FMAP rate used for federal payments.
assistance program and receive direct funding from
                                                              Tribes would be reimbursed for foster care and
HHS. Except in limited circumstances, tribal plans for
                                                              adoption payments based on their medical assistance
administration of the program would have to fulfill the
                                                              rate (FMAP), provided that the tribal rate shall not be
same requirements as state plans.
                                                              lower than that of any state in which the tribe is
Tribal-state agreements. Tribal-state agreements are          located. The FMAP rate is calculated based upon the
an alternative to direct funding. States are required to      per capita income of the tribal service population
negotiate IV-E agreements with tribes in good faith, if       defined in its plan. (A tribe with a lower level of
requested. Any tribal-state agreement currently in            income will receive a higher percentage of federal
effect will remain in effect subject to the right of either   funding.) A tribe may submit to the Secretary
party to revoke or modify the agreement and future            information relevant to this calculation, and the
tribal-state agreements are authorized. The state may         Secretary must consider the information.
utilize the tribe’s FMAP for payments made pursuant
                                                              Source of matching funds/DHHS regulations.
to a Title IV-E tribal-state agreement (see below).
                                                              Tribes may use every source of match that states are
Eligibility for foster care maintenance payments.             permitted to use and all other sources otherwise
All Indian children placed by Indian tribes who are           permitted by law currently (including 638, Self-
operating the Title IV-E program are eligible to              Governance and BIA ICWA funds). In addition,
receive IV-E foster care maintenance or adoption              there are provisions allowing for the limited use of in-
assistance payments (or, at the option of the tribe,          kind match with instructions to HHS to develop
relative guardianship payments) if they otherwise meet        permanent regulations on the use of in-kind match by
Title IV-E criteria.      In implementing the AFDC            October 1, 2011. Until the regulations are finalized,
eligibility provision in Title IV-E (the so-called “look      tribes may claim up to 25% of administrative costs
back” provision), the plan of the State where the child       (50% of the non-federal match) and 12% of training
resides shall govern.                                         costs (48% of the non-federal match) as in-kind
                                                              expenditures from certain third party sources –
Hold harmless. Any Indian family currently receiving          specifically from a State or local government, tribal
Title IV-E benefits will not have their benefits              entity other than the one making the application,
terminated as a result of this legislation, regardless of     public institution of higher education, tribal college
whether there is an existing tribal-state agreement.          or university or a private charitable organization.
                                                              (H.R. 6893 expands the list of eligible training
Service Area. Tribes must specify in their plans the
                                                              recipients; for those individuals, match rates are
service area and population that they will serve.
                                                              slightly lower through FY 2012.) If regulations are
Foster Care Standards. Tribes utilize their own               not adopted by FY 2015, then the right to use in-
foster care standards that must be reasonably in              kind match expires. There is a grandfather clause
accord with recommended standards developed by                allowing tribes that have entered the program prior
national organizations (presumably this reference             to the issuance of regulations to continue using in-

                                                                                             Continued on Page 10
                            2008-2009 Scholarship Recipients




Sequoyah Graduate Scholarship       Displaced Homemaker Scholarship     Adolph Van Pelt Scholarship

          Crystal Allen,                      Norma Castro,                 Fanaye Barney, Navajo
     Fallon Paiute-Shoshone             Sault St. Marie Chippewa      Walter Beaver, Standing Rock Sioux
John “Joe” Candillo, Pascua Yaqui        Delphine Dan, Navajo                Jana Begay, Navajo
  José Cázares, Tohono Oodham            Michael S. Fox, Arikara         Leslie Crow, Yankton Sioux
       Brendan Fairbanks,              Cecelia Grant, Athabascan           Adam Dell, Oglala Sioux
        Kickapoo/Ojibwa               Richard Gray, Chippewa/Cree      Corey Gardipee, Chippewa/Cree
   Ki-Shan Lara, Hoopa/Yurok                                                   Tabitha Gordon,
      Jeston Morris, Navajo            Elizabeth & Sherman Asche              Red Cliff Chippewa
 Jenny Patten, San Carlos Apache          Memorial Scholarship         Rebekah Jarvey, Chippewa/Cree
Sasanehsaeh Pyawasay, Menominee                                           Cedar Kakkak, Menominee
  Marcia St. Goddard, Blackfeet                Rhea Allery,           Rachael Mendenhall, Rosebud Sioux
                                        Turtle Mountain Chippewa          Lucinda Montros, Navajo
       Florence Young                    Rachael Ray, Cherokee               Donald Richardson,
     Memorial Scholarship                   Jeanna Spannring,                  Athabascan/Inuit
                                          Cheyenne River Sioux               Jason Rood, Oneida
  Zellisha Quam, Zuni Pueblo              Crystal Tulley, Navajo       Michelle Swallow, Oglala Sioux
Gentri White, Oneida of Wisconsin                                            Adriana Wahwasuck,
 Lonnie Wright, Rosebud Sioux                                             Prairie Band Potawatomi

                                                                                    Continued on Page 6
                             2008-2009 Scholarship Recipients


                                                                       AAIA Staff:
                                                                       Executive Office Staff:
                                                                        Jack Trope, Executive Director
                                                                        Helen Shao, Bookkeeper
                                                                        Lisa Wyzlic, Grand River Ottawa,
                                                                        Director, Scholarship Programs/
                                                                        Executive Assistant
                                                                        Loretta Eller, Cherokee, Office
                                                                        Assistant

                                                                       Field Office Staff:
                                                                        Wendy Scheffer Flute, Director,
                                                                        Membership/Direct Mail Program

                                                                       Language Program Staff:
                                                                        Tammy DeCoteau, Sisseton-
                                                                        Wahpeton Oyate, Director,
                                                                        Native Language Program
Continued from Page 5                                                   Orsen Bernard, Sisseton-
       Emilie Hesemeyer                   Emilie Hesemeyer              Wahpeton Oyate, Treasured Elder
      Memorial Scholarship               Memorial Scholarship           Jodi Eastman, Sisseton-Wahpeton
                                                                        Oyate, Technology Coordinator
     Christina Adam, Kiowa                 Harley Miller, Pawnee        Wayne Eastman, Sisseton-
 Mariah Almeida American Horse,       Bethany Pete, Shoshone-Paiute     Wahpeton Oyate, Treasured Elder
  NorthernCheyenne/Delaware/            Amanda Reiter, Menominee        Delbert Pumpkinseed, Sisseton-
             Shoshone                Isaiah Rodriguez, Laguna Pueblo    Wahpeton Oyate, Treasured Elder
     Andrea Anspach, Navajo                  Kara Runs After,           V. June Renville, Sisseton-
     Zachary Beaver, Navajo                Cheyenne River Sioux         Wahpeton Oyate, Treasured Elder
        Olin Bekis, Navajo               Casey Jake Smith, Navajo
     Alton Belt, Oglala Sioux           Aaron Sparks, Gros Ventre
 Terra Branson, Muscogee Creek            Brittany Tabor, Navajo
 Daniel Concho, Pueblo of Acoma           R’nld Wheeler, Navajo
     Beau Carter, Sac & Fox
          Derek Fiddler,                   Allogan Slagle
      Cheyenne River Sioux               Memorial Scholarship
     Shanda Herder, Navajo
       Katherine Hubbard,                 Erica Hunt, Lumbee
Gros Ventre/Assiniboine/Nez Perce       Joshua Locklear, Lumbee
       George Ilutsik, Yupik              Tala Smith, Lumbee
      Burnell Jones, Navajo              Lucas Tyree, Monacan
Nathan Lorts, Cheyenne River Sioux
        Marlis Luke, Yupik
                                       2008 Summer Camps




  With Your Support We               Cloud Horse Art Institute                 Menominee Indian Tribe
                                     Kyle, SD                                  of Wisconsin
  Were Able To Provide                                                         Keshena, WI
      Funding to 10                   This cultural camp emphasized
  Youth Summer Camps                  traditional Lakota life skills and was   Campers participated in activities
                                      aimed at young women completing          aimed at preserving their language
         in 2008                      their Isna Ti Ca Lowan Ceremony -        and heritage. Campers also learned
                                      the traditional coming of age            about alcohol and drugs in relation
With the support of our members ceremony which is the last step before         to traditional beliefs, spiritual
and contributors, AAIA was able adulthood and adult responsibilities.          ceremonies and modern knowledge.
to provide grants to 10 organizations
across the country that ran summer Fort Defiance                               Miami Nation of Indians
youth camps focused on diabetes Indian Hospital Board                          of Indiana
education, language, and cultural Fort Defiance, AZ                            Peru, IN
preservation.
                                    This wellness & culture camp               This camp was meant to introduce
Grant proposals are accepted each provided adventure activities,               and strengthen the Miami language,
spring.    See our website at environmental activities, cultural               cultural beliefs and traditional
www.indian-affairs.org for details. awareness, primitive outdoor skills        values. Activities stressed kinship
                                    and taught teambuilding and service        connections, cooperation and
                                    learning through hands on                  community support.
                                    experiences.                                              Continued on Page 8
                                         2008 Summer Camps




Continued from Page 7
Native American Youth                   St. Paul Council of Churches          Confederated Tribes of the
and Family Center                       Department of Indian Work             Umatilla Indian Reservation
Portland, OR                            St. Paul, MN                          Pendleton, OR

This camp was designed to better        This camp included activities which     This camp focused on reinforcing
acquaint campers with their Native      enhanced cultural awareness and         Native language and culture.
cultures through traditional            developed healthy lifestyles and        Participants camped in traditional
activities. They also participated in   diabetes prevention.                    tipis, had daily language lessons,
physical activities and learned about                                           instruction and participated in
health and diabetes. There was also     Stockbridge-Munsee                      hunting, fishing and gathering
an academic portion focusing on         Bowler, WI                              activities, arts and crafts, wood
math and science aimed at keeping                                               cutting, and pow wow and sweat
youth engaged in learning outside of    This camp was aimed at exposing the lodge experiences.
the school day.                         youth to both dialects of language used
                                        by the Stockbridge Munsee tribe – Kids in the Woods—see Page 9
Nimiipuu Health-Kamaiah Center          Muh he Kaneew and the Munsee
Kamiah, ID                              dialect of the Delaware language            AAIA is a 501(c)(3) non-profit
                                        (Lunaape) in hopes that families organization dependent upon the
This camp consisted of healthy          would reintroduce the language(s) into donations of people just like you.
activities, workshops and games         their homes and communities.
aimed at educating youth in culture,                                                      Your contribution is
traditions and the use of traditional          Your contribution helps us             tax deductible to the extent
medicines which lead to a healthier            support programs such as                    allowable by law.
lifestyle.                                       youth summer camps.
Program Updates
San Francisco Peaks                                        Kids in the Woods

As reported in Indian Affairs, Issue #161, in March        AAIA provided seed money for a summer camp in the
2007, a panel of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals        Bighorn National Forest in Wyoming, location of the
ruled in the case of Navajo Nation v. United States        Bighorn Medicine Wheel and Medicine Mountain.
Forest Service that the proposed use of treated sewage     The camp immersed tribal youth from the Wind River
effluent for snowmaking at the San Francisco Peaks         Reservation, home of the Northern Arapaho and
violated the religious freedom rights of the tribal and    Eastern Shoshone Tribes, in tribal-specific cultural
individual Indian plaintiffs who had filed suit seeking    activities and environmental and stewardship activities
to prevent the Forest Service-approved project from        associated with forest management. All of the youth
going forward. It also found that the Environment          interacted with tribal elders who conveyed information
Impact Statement prepared by the Forest was                about the nature of the tribal relationship with
inadequate to comply with the requirements of the          Medicine Mountain and the Medicine Wheel. The
National Environmental Policy Act. The Peaks are           youth also performed natural resource work tasks with
sacred to 13 southwest Indian tribes and hundreds of       the oversight and assistance of Forest Service
thousands of Native Americans and play a central role      professionals for which they received a stipend. “I
in the religious practices of many of those tribes.        think this camp gave the participants a wider view of
                                                           what they could aspire for in their lives and other ways
The Government and ski area petitioned for an en           in which they can develop their talents,” said Jolene
banc review of the panel’s decision. Their request         Catron of the Wind River Alliance, an organization
was granted and an 11 judge panel of the Ninth Circuit     that helped to coordinate the camp. It is the hope of
was convened. By a vote of 8-3, the panel ruled            all involved that this camp will continue and that
against the tribal plaintiffs finding that because the     many more tribal youth will be able to have this
project would not coerce the plaintiffs to act contrary    unique experience in the future.
to their religious beliefs or condition a government
benefit upon conduct that would violate their religious
beliefs, there was no substantial burden upon their
religious practices. The Court held that the plaintiffs’
“diminishment of spiritual fulfillment” did not give
rise to a claim under the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act (RFRA).

The dissenting opinion asserted that the majority
misunderstands the nature of religious belief and
practice and has effectively read Native Americans out
of RFRA.

It is expected that the Supreme Court will be asked to
review the case, although whether they will agree to
hear the case is unknown. AAIA Executive Director
Jack Trope represented three of the thirteen plaintiffs
in the case, as co-counsel with attorneys from DNA
Legal Services in Flagstaff and Window Rock,
Arizona, and argued the case before the Ninth Circuit.

                                                                                            Continued on Page 10
Program Updates—Continued from Page 9
Repatriation
In June 2008, a 19th Century headdress, believed to be
of Cheyenne or Arapaho origin, began its journey
home. The headdress had been discovered wrapped
in a World War 1 uniform in an attic in North
Carolina. AAIA worked with a professional appraiser
hired by the family to determine
its origin and to facilitate its         The
return to the appropriate tribe.
The Medicine Wheel Coalition           Journey
on Sacred Sites of North
America, a coalition of Plains          Home
tribes whose Board consists of
traditional cultural practitioners, agreed to assist in this
process and take legal custody of the headdress. “We
are happy to receive it”, said George Sutton, President
of the Coalition, “and will protect it as best we can.”
The Senator John Heinz Pittsburgh Regional History
Center graciously agreed to take physical custody of
the headdress on a temporary basis to ensure that it
would be protected pending final repatriation.                 Chafee Independent Living Program. Tribes are
                                                               made eligible to receive a direct allocation from the
Sand Creek                                                     Federal government from the John H. Chafee
                                                               Independent Living Program. The amount of the
In June 2008, the Northern Cheyenne performed a
                                                               award would be calculated based upon the percentage
ceremony at the Sand Creek Massacre site as they
                                                               of children in the state that are under a tribe’s custody
buried and commemorated five victims of the
                                                               and would be a deduction from the state’s allocation.
massacre. AAIA Treasurer Brad Keeler represented
                                                               Tribes would also be permitted to access the program
the Association at the ceremony.       As previously
                                                               through tribal-state agreements and the State would be
reported, AAIA played an important role in finalizing
                                                               required to negotiate agreements in good faith if
an agreement between the affected tribes in regard to
                                                               requested by a tribe.
the repatriation of human remains and funerary objects
that had been removed from the massacre site.                  Regulations/In-Kind.        Except in the case of
                                                               regulations pertaining to in-kind match, the Secretary
                                                               of HHS is instructed to adopt regulations to implement
Tribal Provisions—HR 6893                                      this legislation within one year after enactment. The
   —Continued from Page 4
                                                               regulations on in-kind match are required to be
Nunc pro tunc. For 12 months after a plan is                   completed by September 30, 2011. The Secretary
approved, nunc pro tunc tribal court orders and                would be required to consult with Indian tribes, tribal
affidavits can be used to satisfy the “contrary to the         organizations and tribal consortia in developing
welfare” of the child determination required by law in         regulations.
order for a child to be eligible under Title IV-E.
                                                               Other provisions. State, local and tribal child welfare
Technical Assistance/Start-Up Grants. $3 million/              agencies and private nonprofit organizations are
year is appropriated to provide technical assistance to        eligible to apply for family connection grants. This
tribes operating programs under Title IV-B or IV-E             new $15 million competitive grant program focuses on
and to provide one-time start up grants for up to two          services for relative caregivers.
years (maximum $300,000/year) for tribes that intend
to apply for direct funding under Title IV-E.
                Annual Meeting                                               Board of Directors:
               Membership Proxy                                           Alfred R. Ketzler, Sr., President,
                                                                                     Athabascan
              Your Vote is Important!                                                     ♦
   If you cannot attend the Annual Meeting,                             DeeAnn DeRoin, MD, Vice President,
  please cut out this proxy form and return it                                         Ioway
                                                                                          ♦
    to the address below by November 10th.                                 Bradford R. Keeler, Treasurer,
                        Thank You!                                                    Cherokee
                                                                                          ♦
 That I, _________________________, do hereby constitute
 and appoint Alfred Ketzler, Sr., President, and Joy Hanley,
                                                                               Joy Hanley, Secretary,
 Secretary, agent for me in my name and stead with full                                Navajo
 power of substitution, to vote as my proxy at the election of                            ♦
 the Board of Directors of the Association on American                         Elke Chenevey, Omaha
 Indian Affairs, Inc., and on such matters as may lawfully                                ♦
 come up for consideration at its Annual Business Meeting                         Wathene Young,
 on November 13, 2008 or any adjournment thereof,                               Delaware/Cherokee
 according to the number of votes I should be entitled to cast                            ♦
 if personally present.                                                     Owanah Anderson, Choctaw
                                                                                          ♦
 Witness my hand and seal:
                                                                                Jerry Flute, Dakotah
 ________________________________                                                         ♦
 Signature                                                                    John Echohawk, Pawnee

 This _______ day of _____________, 2008
                                                                 Membership Form
 Please return by November 10th to:
 Lisa Wyzlic                                                      ____ I wish to renew my membership with AAIA today
 Association on American Indian Affairs                          and continue to receive my subscription to Indian Affairs
 966 Hungerford Drive, Suite 12-B                                with my contribution of $25.00 or more per year.
 Rockville, MD 20850
                                                                  ____ I have already renewed my membership, but please
                                                                 accept my additional contribution.

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               Combined Federal Campaign
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Although we appreciate all contributions, in an effort to
maximize your contribution dollars toward important              Expiration Date:______________________
programming initiatives rather than administration,
acknowledgements will only be sent to donors of $25 or           Signature:___________________________
more. If you require an acknowledgement for tax purposes,
please contact our Sisseton office. We appreciate your help      Please send your tax deductible contribution to: AAIA,
and understanding as we continue to advocate for Native          2009 SD Hwy. 10, Suite B, Sisseton, SD 57262
Association on American Indian Affairs
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Sisseton, SD 57262




With Your Support We Were Able To                     In This Issue:
      Provide Funding to 10
      Youth Summer Camps                      Landmark Child Welfare Legislation
             in 2008                                Passed by Congress

                                                AAIA 4th Annual Film Festival

                                                    Annual Meeting Proxy

                                                  San Francisco Peaks Update

                                              AAIA Facilitates the Repatriation of
                                                Cheyenne-Arapaho Headdress

                                                 AAIA—Founding Member of
                                                   Native Ways Federation



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