Connection, Culture, Collaboration


Greetings from Tribal STAR!


September was quite a month for the Tribal STAR team! In addition to our busy training schedule, we welcomed Fall with our annual Celebration. Celebration is our biggest event of the year, and perhaps our most anticipated. Held each year at fall equinox, Celebration is a time for us to pause and reflect on the work we have done and to look ahead at the work yet to do. We pause to harvest all we have sown in the year, celebrating our successes, learning from our challenges, and resolving again to transform hearts and minds to improve ICWA compliance, and create the best outcomes for our Native youth.  Celebration allows us to recognize champions for our children, families, and communities; champions of advocacy and collaboration, champions striving for justice. This year was particularly moving as we honored not only dedicated caregivers, but also reunified families. Their stories, told in their own words, were moving, inspirational and powerful; they reminded us that HOPE is the beacon that guides all of us in what we do. Strongest blessings for our families everywhere, as you work to heal and move forward. Thank you to all of our champions for all you do for our families and for our communities. 


Kim Mettler
Program Manager


Season Goodpasture, honoree of Marylin Robinson Award; with Kim Mettler,        Linda Ruis, Sunni Dominguez, and LaPrincess Greene. 

Tribal STAR Highlights:

Pechanga Child & Family Services

The mission of Pechanga Child and Family Services is to promote family wellness through prevention, intervention, education and advocacy.

All Native American children and families will know and experience safety, permanency, and wellbeing.

Children belong with their family and tribe.
Children and families need culture and traditions to form a strong identity.
Children and families have a right to independence, freedom, and spirituality.
Children and families need the support, guidance, and wisdom of their elders.
  • Crisis Intervention
  • Prevention and Early Intervention
  • Family Preservation
  • Tribal Court Transfers for ICWA related matters
  • Case Management 
  • Mandated Reporting 
  • Child & Family Team Meetings
  • Home Evaluations for Placement
  • Foster Parent Recruitment & Training
  • Parenting Education
  • Referrals to services/resources including; counseling, domestic violence, and substance abuse treatment
Inspiring story of how sharing cultural life experiences encourage healing for Native Americans 

Impactful life story of a Native American soldier shared by Chag Lowry addresses the cultural transitions and exposure to the draft and how it affected cultural identity. 
Recognizing            Anti-discrimination Leadership

Elizabeth Peratrovich,Tlingit woman leader will be printed on the U.S. one cent coin in honor of her anti-discrimination contributions. 
Learn more at 

The trainings provide up-to-date, research-based information in a variety of areas for those that work with Tribal foster youth and their communities. Click for full schedule.

October 10, 2019- San Bernardino
ICWA: Working with Native American Families and Tribes
CWDS Riverside Training Center
3600 Lime St., Suite. 416
San Diego, CA 92501
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

October 17, 2019- San Diego
ICWA: Working with Native American Families and Tribes
Academy for Professional Excellence
6367 Alvarado Ct., Room 105
San Diego, CA 92120
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

October 24, 2019- Orange County
ICWA: Working with Native American Families and Tribes
CWDS Riverside Training Center
1928 S Grand Ave.
Santa Ana, CA 92705
8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Intertribal Court of Southern California is Hiring a Tribal Youth Court Coordinator

Here are some resource links you can use in your practice:


General information, pertinent articles and resources related to Native American Foster Youth can be sent to us at for inclusion in the next edition of the Tribal STAR eNewsletter.  Whenever possible please make submissions 3 weeks prior to publication of the next newsletter.  The next issue will be published the first week of the month. All submissions will be reviewed and are published at the sole discretion of the Tribal STAR editorial staff.

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