Connection, Culture, Collaboration



It's a new school year and great to have the kids get back to the learning environment! I hope you have had the opportunity to implement some self-care activities after the summer break. Don't forget to take some time to reground yourselves to help with the transition, try implementing some self-care activities for your well-being.

It is great to share with you what we have been up to at Tribal STAR. We have been busy with our monthly training, as well as anticipating and planning this years' Celebration. We look forward to recognizing those who have supported Native American youth and families; and celebrating the positive outcomes for Native families who have made tremendous progress. 

We are also able to celebrate the decision made on August 9, 2019, affirming ICWA. This is a great move in our efforts to protect Native American culture, families, and youth; this decision will support the future healing in the Native American community by protecting the sacred spirit of Native American Youth and generations to come. 


LaPrincess Greene
Tribal STAR Administrative Support Assistant


Tribal STAR Highlights:


Southern Indian Health Council, INC. 



"Mission: Southern Indian Health council is a Native American organization committed to protecting and improving the physical, mental, and spiritual health of our American Indian community. We provide a comprehensive range of wellness, professional health care, dental, and social services."

"Southern Indian Health Council began as a satellite operation of the Indian Health Council in Pauma Valley. In the beginning, we operated out of trailers on the Sycuan reservation, offering outreach and referral services to southern San Diego tribes. In November 1982, we incorporated as a nonprofit, public benefit corporation, and moved to the Barona reservation shortly thereafter. At Barona, we provided limited medical and dental services as an extension of the Barona House.

In late 1987, our Board of Directors acquired private land in Alpine, which was placed into "federal trust." That land is the site of our present location. To begin building a permanent facility, SIHC secured several grants through HUD (Housing & Urban Development). Our initial operation revenue came through the Indian Health Service - under the Indian Self Determination and Education Assistance Act (Public Law 93 - 638).

SIHC has undergone tremendous growth over the years. Today, we serve a seven-member tribal consortium which includes Barona, Campo, Ewiiaapaayp, Jamul, La Posta, Manzanita, and Viejas. We are an accredited and Federally Qualified Health Center operating out of a modern facility set on 10 acres of pristine countryside. With its Southwestern architectural motif, our spacious, handicap-accessible facility features ample parking and easy access from major freeways and bus routes. SIHC has a diversified funding base and provides a full spectrum of programs and services supported by Federal, State, and local dollars."

4058 Willows Road
Alpine, CA 91901
Phone: (619) 445-1188, press 1
8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.


Submit Nominee to be recognized at the 2019 Celebration!!

Tribal STAR is preparing for this year’s Celebration event.  Each year we honor families, child welfare professionals, service providers and other collaborative partners for their role in supporting the best outcomes for Native American children and families.  Do you know someone who should be recognized for caring for Native children; collaboration to support best outcomes for Native families, best practices for ICWA compliance or any other contribution to the best interests of Native children? If so, please send and email to with the name of the person you are nominating and what you are nominating them for. Please tell us in as much detail as possible why you think they should be honored this year.  
Indian Child Welfare Act Victory!

On August 9, 2019, the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld the constitutionality of ICWA.  According to Sarah Kastelic, executive director “This ruling is a strong affirmation of the constitutionality of ICWA and the inherent tribal authority to make decisions about the well-being of member children, whether they live on or off of tribal lands. ICWA remains the gold standard of child welfare policy and practice; it is in the best interest of Native children.”

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.

September 12, 2019- Riverside
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

September 26, 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

Become a Resource Family

Southern Indian Health Council is looking for resource families to provide care for Native American Foster Youth  Read more below.

Thriving Native American Youth Research and Data

Learn about how healthy lifestyles, supportive environments, successful students, and vibrant communities contribute to the resilience of Native American Youth, see the research provided by First Kids 1stWhat can you implement from this research into your ICWA cases to continue to support the well-being of Native American Foster Youth? "Every Child is Sacred". 

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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