Over three-fourths of American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) children do not live on tribal lands. Serving our nation’s First Americans means ensuring that children who live off tribal lands have access to culturally appropriate child care programs. This requires collaboration between state and tribal governments, as well as policymakers understanding the importance of tribal self-governance, and designing policies and programs with the input of tribal leaders.
April 25, join BPC, Minnesota’s Lt. Gov. Peggy Flanagan, Patina Park, director of Tribal State Relations, Office of Governor Tim Walz, Lt. Governor Flanagan, and Melanie Benjamin, chief executive of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe Indians for a discussion of tribal sovereignty and what it means for states serving indigenous child care. This event is the second in BPC’s four-part series focusing on services for AI/AN children.
During part two of this series, speakers will talk about tribal sovereignty, recent Supreme Court decisions, and what this means to state agencies as we push to create more equitable systems of care that serve all children regardless of where they live.
In particular, panelists will discuss:
- The history of tribal sovereignty and the importance of children as a component of sovereignty
- Current state-tribal partnerships from the perspective of state officials and tribal leaders
- Implications for AI/AN children living off tribal lands
- Preview of BPC’s upcoming report on tribal child care