Since 2001 has been the Program Director of the Indian Child Welfare Program at the Minneapolis American Indian Center. The ICWA Program hosts 5 major components that address various levels of service activities that surround American Indian families involved with Child Protection under the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act, from compliance of the Federal Indian Child Welfare act to direct service and advocating for Tribe and families. Together, with her staff, have made this program a nationally recognized program, providing technical services to tribes and other urban Indian programs across the country, creating a model to be replicated in other urban areas for both tribal and urban programs.
Her work in the American Indian community over 21 years and has built an extensive background in and around social services; chemical dependency, child protection and the criminal justice system. The work keeps her heavily involved with many volunteer councils & key appointments on issues that impact her community; Victim Offender Mediation, Citizen’s Review Panel, Office for Ombudsperson for American Indian Families. Currently she is serving as a member of the National Urban Indian Families Coalition, MN DHS ICWA Advisory Council and longtime member of the Metropolitan Urban Indian Director’s – Family Preservation Subcommittee. Her strong belief in team spirit and community collaboration have helped her develop programming essential to American Indian communities across the country. As American Indians, we are uniquely aware of our cultural and spiritual resources that Indian people need and draw on from our heritage as our community seeks to improve their lives and change.