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Southwest and Western Regional Hearing

Held in Phoenix, AZ and Virtually
February 24-26, 2022

The Commission on Native Children held its second regional hearing to hear from expert witnesses and the public on the successes, challenges, and needs for supporting Native children. During the three days of the Regional Hearing, the Commission heard from respected researchers and experts in the region on the successes and challenges in supporting Native children on four key topics:

  1. Health, mental health, and behavioral health;
  2. Education and early childhood development;
  3. Child welfare, juvenile justice, and violence; and
  4. Systems innovations and best practices in Native communities.

February 24-26 Regional Hearing Media Advisory


February 24-26 Regional Hearing Public Agenda


Opening Remarks and Introductory Session
Panel 1—Health, Mental Health, and Behavioral Health
Panel 2—Education and Early Childhood Development
Panel 3—Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Violence
Panel 4—Systems Innovations and Best Practices in Native Communities


Presentation by Monica Tsethlikai
Presentation by Orenda Hill
Presentation by Dr. Jennie Joe
Presentation by Kevin Shendo
Presentation by Alfred Urbina
Presentation by Andrea Klimas

Written Testimonies

Written Testimony of Kevin Shendo
Written Testimony of Esther Nystrom
Written Testimony of Christopher Sharp
Written Testimony of Mikah Carlos
Written Testimony of Tim Sandefur
Written Testimony of Dr. Bryan Brayboy
Written Testimony of Kami Hart
Written Testimony of Gil Vigil


Southwest and Western Regional Hearing – Panel 3—Child Welfare, Juvenile Justice, and Violence Transcript

Additional Materials

Panelist Bios for SW/Western Regional Hearing

Suggested Readings

Unconstitutionality of the Indian Child Welfare
Escaping the ICWA
Tiwahe Integrating Family Community and Tribal Services
Federalism Problems with ICWA
One-n-Only Native Am Foster Mom
Statement on the Death of 1-Yr Old J. Gishie