National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA)
The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) is dedicated to the well-being of American Indian/Alaska Native children.
Bottom Line for Portland
Native children are removed from their families by the child welfare system 20 times more often than White children. NICWA trains Oregon tribal leaders on how to decolonize tribal child welfare services; optimize state, federal, and tribal funding; and advocate effectively for Native children and families who are in state child welfare systems. Together we can continue to protect Native families and keep them safe, healthy, and connected.
“I'm supporting NICWA because Indigenous children should remain with their tribes and should not be taken from their families." - Amy K.
Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
NICWA is a Native-led, culturally based organization. Our board of directors is 100% Native as stipulated by our by-laws. We have a diverse staff; 73% of our employees self-identify as a person of color, and 60% of our employees are tribally identified. Through our relentless advocacy for the rights of Native children, we are creating pathways to reduce the structural racism and discrimination that is embedded in “helping systems” by providing culturally based services and working to meet the unique needs of Native children and families.
All Give!Guide donors will receive a 15% discount on any length of massage service at Glow Massage PDX.
Donations of $40 or more will be entered to win one of two packages:
*A pair of tickets from Pavelcomm to a Blazers game. A parking pass will be included.
*A Jojo Restaurant gift card in the amount of $50.
The first 33 to donate $25 or more on November 3rd, 2022 will be given a 336-piece NICWA puzzle!
The first 71 to donate any amount on November 23rd, 2022 will be given a cedar paddle, handcrafted by NICWA board members using our languages to say “thank you”!
Give!Guide donors who donate on November 29th, 2022 will be entered to win one of three unique Native items:
*Baby moccasins created by our own Deputy Director, Lindsay Early.
*A wooden bangle from Elements of Tradition and artwork designed by Haida artist, Ernest Swanson.
*A “Ravenstail Bag” hand woven by Alfreda Lang of Sitka, Alaska.