Office of American Indian Projects (OAIP)

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Background

The Office of American Indian Projects (OAIP) was founded in 1977, based on the advocacy of the Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, the Indian Health Services, the Navajo Nation, the Phoenix Indian Center, and the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community.  The purpose of OAIP is to develop the capacity of American Indian communities and programs. 

Vision

The vision of the project is to develop strengths in both individuals and systems within the social work arenas of American Indian communities, in conjunction with the emerging federal mandate for tribes to assume responsibility for the delivery of social services to American Indian people.

Mission Statement 

The mission of OAIP includes the development of a site where American Indian research and grant projects can be coordinated and monitored to ensure a focus that is beneficial to the tribes and one that reinforces a government-to-government approach. The mission also includes recruiting American Indian social work students and faculty, mentoring students, and providing American Indian people with a friendly reception within Arizona State University.

OAIP Staff

Edwin González-Santin, M.S.W.
Director, OAIP
Senior Academic Professional, School of Social Work
602-496-0101
Email: egspr@asu.edu

Chris Sharp, M.S.W., M.P.A.
Project Coordinator, OAIP
602-496-0100
Email: Christopher.Sharp@asu.edu

Advisory Committee:

Carmela Quitugua
Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Priscilla Foote
Gila River Health Care

Veronica Geronimo
Tohono O'odham Nation

Pattie Hibbeler
Phoenix Indian Center

Warren Kontz
School of Social Work Alumni Representative

Violet Mitchell-Enos
Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Janice Patch
Arizona Department of Economic Security

Wendy Wisdom
Indian Health Services

Jacqueline John
Native American Connections

Diana Yazzie Devine
Native American Connections

Verna Johnson
Inter Tribal Council of Arizona, Inc.

Arizona Indian Tribes and Nations

Ak-Chin Indian Community

Cocopah Tribe

Colorado River Indian Tribes

Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation

Fort Mojave Tribe

Gila River Indian Community

Havasupai Tribe

Hopi Tribe

Hualapai Tribe

Kaibab-Paiute Tribe

Pascua Yaqui Tribe

Pueblo of Zuni

Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Tohono O’Odham Nation

White Mountain Apache Tribe

Yavapai Apache Nation

Yavapai-Prescott Indian Community

Partners and Important Websites

Inter Tribal Council of Arizona (ITCA)

Native American Connections, Inc. (NAC)

Gila River Health Care

Native Health (NACHCI) 

National Child Welfare Workforce Institute (NCWWI)

Phoenix Indian Center (PIC)

Indian Health Service

National Congress of American Indians

Arizona Governor’s Office of Tribal Relations

Arizona Board of Regents Tribal Consultation Policy

 

Projects

Ongoing

Programmatic Assistance for Tribal Home Visiting (PATH)

OAIP is contracted with Zero to Three – a national nonprofit organization – to provide programmatic technical assistance and training 24 tribal and community-based programs (urban and rural) throughout the continental U.S. and Alaska that are implementing evidence-based home visitation services. Programs are funded for 5 year project through Tribal Maternal, Infant, Early Childhood Home Visiting program, which is administered by the federal Administration on Children Families. The Tribal MIECHV programs are implementing programs that are culturally responsive and meet the needs of AI/AN children and families. OAIP lends its experience and expertise in working with American Indian families, tribal governments, and community based organizations.

Tribal MIECHV website: https://www.acf.hhs.gov/ecd/home-visiting/tribal-home-visiting

Zero to Three website: https://www.zerotothree.org/

Weaving Native Perspectives

The Weaving Native Perspectives is a three-year project funded through HRSA that focuses on integrated behavioral health. MSW Advanced Direct Practice students are placed in field placements in settings in tribal communities or at urban agencies that primarily serve AI/AN populations and offer behavioral health and primary care and/or medical services. These unique settings will allow for MSW ADP student to gain skill in interprofessional practice and integrated behavioral health. With the advent of the Affordable Care Act, the field of behavioral health is shifting to integrated care models. The Weaving Native Perspectives is one of two (out of 126 grantees) that focus on serving AI/AN communities and populations. In addition to student, the project also provides interprofessional training to field placement sites and will inform the field on integrated behavioral health practice with AI/AN.

See OAIP scholarships and traineeships below

University Partners Project - NCWWI

The University Partnerships project is focused on child welfare practice in tribal nations and communities. OAIP is partnered with Gila River Indian Community Tribal Social Services, Fort McDowell Yavapai Nation Wassaja Family Services, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community, and the Navajo Nation. MSW students are placed in partner agencies and focus on child welfare practice. In addition the project builds on the strong relationship between OAIP and the lead agency to develop a change initiative and requires the School of Social work to enhance the curriculum through the integration of trauma informed practice, including historical trauma, in a way that is relevant to (AI/AN) tribes, nations, communities, families, and individuals.

National Child Welfare Workforce Institute website: http://ncwwi.org/

My NCWWI Resource Page: http://ncwwi.org/index.php/myncwwi-home

See OAIP scholarships and traineeships below

Arizona Supreme Court Improvement ICWA Committee

OAIP has been involved with the Arizona Court Improvement Project ICWA Committee. The Committee is tasked with developing training for judges and attorneys and providing training for both state and tribal courts. OAIP assisted the committee with their final ICWA guidelines for the state courts.  The recommendations were submitted to the Arizona Supreme Court Improvement Project and they have been incorporated into the guidelines. The project is planning on providing a training conference in the first week August 2017.

http://www.azcourts.gov/stfcf/ICWA-Committee

Gila River Health Care Prevention

Evaluation services are being provided for a prevention program focusing on children and families at Gila River funded by the tribal tobacco tax dollars.

Completed

  • Gila River Indian Community Career Pathways Evaluation
  • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Methamphetamine Suicide Prevention Project (MSPI) evaluation and Domestic Violence Prevention Project (DVPI) evaluation
  • WRMA Tribal Home VisTA Program
  • Gila River Indian Community Tribal Social Services Assessment
  • Gila River Indian Community Pilot Mentoring Project
  • Gila River Indian Community Comprehensive Substance Abuse Treatment Planning Project
  • Native American Community Health Center, Inc - Red Road
  • Native American Community Health Center, Inc - Native American Pathways
  • Navajo Nation Division of Social Services Family Conferencing and Family Group Conferencing (FC/FGC)
  • Navajo Nation Division of Social Services Title IV-B and FC/FGC
  • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Circles of Care


Scholarships

Scholarship Opportunity- American Indian Child Welfare Leaders Fellowship

The American Indian Child Welfare Leaders Fellowship is a $1000 award. Recipient must be Masters of Social Work major at Arizona State University. It is intended that this Fellowship will provide American Indian MSW students the opportunity to complete advanced study in Social Work at Arizona State University.

Purpose: The American Indian Child Welfare Leaders Fellowship is a $1000 award. This fellowship was established in 2004 to help address the current and future need for American Indian Social Workers trained at a master’s level to administer and deliver child welfare services to American Indian communities, both on the reservation and in the urban area. It is intended that this Fellowship will provide American Indian MSW students the opportunity to complete advanced study in Social Work at Arizona State University.

Guidelines: First or second year American Indian students in the Masters of Social Work program in the School of Social Work at any ASU campus. Fellowship recipients will have a stated plan to work in a child welfare setting with the potential of acquiring a leadership position in serving primarily American Indians on or off the reservation upon graduation.

Materials: To apply please submit a two page, double-spaced essay, in 12-point Times New Roman font, describing your plan for working in a child welfare setting with American Indian children and families on the reservation or in the urban area. Your essay must include your full name, ASU ID#, major, and the name of the fellowship for which you are applying.

Apply: Submission of your essay establishes your permission for the selection committee to review and confirm your status as a presently enrolled, degree-seeking, Masters of Social Work major at Arizona State University.

Materials may be: a) hand-delivered to our office; b) faxed to: 602-496-0960; or c) emailed to OAIP@asu.edu.

Award amount: $1,000.00 

Deadline:  March 31, 2017 

Contact Information:
Office of American Indian Projects
ATTN: AICWLF
411 N. Central Ave., Ste. 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0689
Phone: 602-496-0099

Scholarship Opportunity- NAUWICH

The Nauwich American Indian Scholarship is a $500 award. The recipient must be a graduate or undergraduate student majoring in Social Work at anyone of the four ASU campuses.

Purpose: The Nauwich American Indian Scholarship is a $500 award. Established in 1999, the Nauwich scholarship is awarded to a currently enrolled Arizona State University graduate or undergraduate student majoring in Social Work at anyone of the four ASU campuses. The purpose of the scholarship is to support the efforts of current ASU Social Work students complete their college degree. It is expected that recipients shall practice in Arizona in American Indian Child Welfare

Guidelines: Arizona State University Social Work major with a minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 grading scale. Recipients shall be Social Work majors with a demonstrated interest in Indian Child Welfare.

Materials: To apply please submit a two-page, double-spaced essay, in 12-point Times New Roman font, describing your goals and interests in social work with American Indian children and families. Your essay must include your full name, ASU ID#, major, and the name of the scholarship/fellowship for which you are applying.

Apply: Submission of your essay establishes your permission for the selection committee to review and confirm your status as a presently enrolled, degree-seeking, Social Work major at Arizona State University.

Materials may be: a) hand-delivered to our office; b) faxed to: 602-496-0960; or c) emailed to OAIP@asu.edu.

Award amount: $500.00

Deadline: March 31, 2017

Contact Information:
Office of American Indian Projects
ATTN: NAUWICH
411 N. Central Ave., Ste. 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0689
Phone: 602-496-0099

Traineeship Opportunity – NCWWI University Partnerships Traineeship

The NCWWI University Partnerships is a project through Office of American Indian Projects within the School of Social Work. The project provides for the full cost of tuition plus a monthly stipend of $600 per month during the academic year. Recipients must be a current student in good standing, accepted to the MSW program in their Foundation Year or Concentration Year with a specialization in Child Welfare.

Purpose: The need for active, equal partnerships between the School and the tribal governments and their child welfare programs is vital to the development of a workforce capable of delivering effective, culturally responsive Indian child welfare practice.  The objectives for this project include providing student traineeships to 5 students per year for 5 years (Academic years 2014-15 through 2018-19) for American Indian MSW students and non-Indian MSW students with a demonstrated interest in working with American Indian populations who are willing to commit to work with American Indian populations upon graduation. Collaborative partners consist of four (4) American Indian Nations/Communities, including Navajo Nation, Ft. McDowell Yavapai Nation, Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community and Gila River Indian Community, to provide field placements, address workforce challenges; and provide support in developing specialized promising American Indian Child Welfare practice. It is required that recipients shall practice in Arizona in American Indian Child Welfare. Post-graduation employment in the field of child welfare is required within six (6) months, for the amount of time funded through the project.

Guidelines: Recipients shall be full-time Master of Social Work students with a demonstrated interest in Indian Child Welfare. This traineeship includes a work requirement and payback stipulation.

Materials: To apply please submit the following:

  • A two to three (2-3) page, double-spaced essay, in 12-point Times New Roman font, describing your career goals and demonstrated interest in working in the field of child welfare with American Indian children and families. Your essay must include your full name, ASU ID#, year in the MSW program, and the name of the scholarship/fellowship/traineeship for which you are applying.
  • An up to date copy of your professional résumé.

Apply: Submission of your essay establishes your permission for the selection committee to review and confirm your status as a presently enrolled, academic standing, degree-seeking, Social Work major at Arizona State University. Materials may be: a) hand-delivered to our office; b) faxed to: 602-496-0960; or c) emailed to OAIP@asu.edu

Award amount: Full cost of tuition and fees plus $600 per month stipend.

Deadline:May 15, 2017

Contact Information:
Office of American Indian Projects
ATTN: NCWWI University Partnerships
411 N. Central Ave., Ste. 800
Phoenix, AZ 85004-0689
Phone: 602-496-0099