Looking Back, Moving Forward:
Building the Future on Traditional Values

Tribal Gathering August 27-28, 2009

Day 1THURSDAY
8:00 Breakfast
8:30 AM Welcome
Mark Ells, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center

Drum Group-Honor Song
Meskwaki Settlement School Youth

Prayer/Invocation
Homer Bear, Meskwaki

Opening Remarks from ACF Children’s Bureau

Introduction of Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center, Staff, Presenters, Facilitators and Tribal Gathering Participants

9:45 Break
10:00 Agenda Overview and MCWIC Activity Update
Mark Ells, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
10:30 Plenary: Strategic Planning and Tribal Practice Models
Emily Iron Cloud-Koenen – Community Development Specialist
Steve Preister - National Resource Center on Organizational Improvement
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Plenary: Tribal/State/County Partnerships
Terri Yellowhammer - MCWIC Tribal Outreach Consultant and Minnesota State Indian Child Welfare Specialist
Emily Iron Cloud-Koenen – Community Development Specialist
Steve Preister - National Resource Center on Organizational Improvement
2:15 PM Break
2:30 PM Focused Discussion and group activity
  • Group A: Strategic Planning and Tribal Practice Models
    Emily Iron Cloud-Koenen and Steve Preister
  • Group B: Tribal/State/County Partnerships
    Terri Yellowhammer and Frank LaMere
3:30 PM Break
3:45 PM Focused Discussion and group activity
  • Group A: Tribal/State/County Partnerships
    Terri Yellowhammer
    Frank LaMere
  • Group B: Strategic Planning and Tribal Practice Models
    Emily Iron Cloud-Koenen
    Steve Preister
4:45 PM Wrap up of Day One activities
5:00 PM Break
6:00 PM "When the Children Grow Old, Will They Know That We Fought For Them?"
Dinner and Keynote Speaker – Frank LaMere
Day 1FRIDAY
8:00 AM Breakfast
8:30 AM Plenary: Data and Technology
Cheryl Montoya – National Resource Center – Child Welfare Data and Technology
9:45 AM Break
10:00 AM MCWIC Peer-to-Peer Networking Platform : "Connect-The Child Welfare Internet Community" Demonstration
Gregg Wright, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
10:30 AM Focused Discussion and group activity: Participant Action Planning
Michelle Graef, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
11:30 AM Evaluation of Tribal Gathering and Suggestions for future steps
Michelle Graef, Midwest Child Welfare Implementation Center
11:45 AM Closing Remarks
12:00 PM Adjourn