Connection, Culture, Collaboration

Howka and greetings from the Tribal STAR team,

May is Mental Health Month across the nation, National Today discusses the history of Mental Health Awareness Month as well as the stigma and biases around mental health. In the challenging work we do with children and families it is even more important to be aware of our own mental well-being to minimize burnout and to be able to effectively serve families. If we are not taking care of ourselves we cannot be fully available for others.  What we do and how we show up today may impact generations to come. The Tribal STAR team would like to take this opportunity to thank all of our stakeholders, partners and community for all of the challenging work that you do to show up and be present for our Native American children and families on a daily basis.  The work you do is essential to our future.  Have a wonderful May and take care of yourselves. 

“Never give up on someone with a mental illness.  When ‘I’ is replaced by ‘we’, illness becomes Wellness.”-Shannon L. Alder’

Eyaay ahun, ( My heart  is well)

Sunni Dominguez

Assistant Program Coordinator

Wellness Tip: With so much going on in the world, it is easy to feel overwhelmed, sad or anxious and these feelings can have a negative impact on you if you are already managing mental illness or caring for someone who is. Here are some tips to support your emotional and mental wellbeing: 1) Stay connected to your social network and community. Make sure you are getting one-on-one time with people who support you. 2) Go outside and engage in whatever physical activity you are able to do. 3) Make sure you are getting enough sleep. 4) Limit social media; and 5) Practice gratitude.

In addition to these tips, below are some links to additional resources for mental         
10 Mental Health Activities to Do With Your Children 
25 Fun Mindfulness Activities for Children and Teens (+Tips!)
26 Mental Health Exercises & Interventions Based on Science


Learning ICWA: ICWA is a remedial statute. Its purpose is not only to ensure that the harms of past child welfare practices do not occur again, but also to rebuild trust in child welfare agencies.

Breaking Down Barriers is an outreach and education program that works with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and the LGBTQIA+ community to talk about mental wellness. Through educational workshops and events, we discuss the stigma of mental health and connect participants to helpful resources. We also provide cultural humility/cultural competency training to community members and providers who work with these populations. We want to normalize conversations about mental wellness so everyone can thrive.
Call the JFS Access Line 
(858) 637-3210

Confidential helpline for JFS programs and services

Mon-Thurs: 8:30am - 5:00pm
Fri: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Jewish Family Service of San Diego
Joan & Irwin Jacobs Campus
Turk Family Center
Community Services Building
8804 & 8788 Balboa Avenue
San Diego, CA 92123

Click here to see complete list of locations and directions.

Native American students can soon get a tuition-free education at top California universities
Tuition at the University of California’s campuses will be free for California residents who are from federally recognized Native American tribes.

Family Integrity & Justice Quarterly, “Poverty Is Not Abuse…Poverty Is Not Neglect,” is ready for viewing.

This publication shows the stark reality that families in poverty face every day—possibly having their children taken away just because they need help meeting their basic needs. 

Online Learning Event (OLE) on The History of Indian Education and Its Impact on Student Development.
This OLE is open to all interested communities and will be led by the Tribal Youth Resource Center (TYRC).
  • DATE: May 13, 2022
  • TOPIC: The History of Indian Education and Its Impact on Student Development
  • TIME: 10am AKT/ 11am PT/ 12pm MT/ 1pm CT/ 2pm ET
Register for event: 

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

May 5, 2022    Virtual ICWA—Lineworker Riverside
May 12, 2022  Virtual ICWA—Lineworker San Diego
Register for May 19, 2022  Virtual Teaming and Engagement with Tribes
May 26, 2022  Virtual ICWA—Lineworker San Diego

Register for the 2022 California Statewide ICWA conference is June 13-14, 2022 in a hybrid format both online and at Sycuan Casino and Resort. 







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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