Tribal Initiatives

We have a particular emphasis on tribal initiatives, taking a community engaged, culturally centered approach to design, implement and evaluate tribal organizational capacity-building initiatives; conduct culturally respectful and culturally congruent research, evaluation and assessment; and support the development of a skilled and knowledgeable tribal workforce. Ultimately, we aim to create deeper understanding of the role of culture in tribal program operations and service delivery and improve the cultural competency of all Butler Institute staff and child welfare professionals, while strengthening tribal sovereignty.

Recent Tribal Initiative Projects

  • Reimagining Home Visitation Programs

    In partnership with R.O.C.K. Mat-Su and the local Office of Children’s Services in Alaska, we developed a culturally centered family contact program that is being used to increase visitation frequency and quality in support of family reunification goals.

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  • Building Capacity for Tribes

    Through the Capacity Building Center for Tribes, we provide coordinated and culturally responsive capacity building technical assistance to American Indian and Alaska Native Nations, helping them to build the organizational and service capacity of their tribal child welfare programs.

Tribal Child Welfare Director

Nancy Lucero

Nancy Marie Lucero

Research Associate Professor, Senior Research Associate, Butler Institute for Families; Director of Tribal Initiatives

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