Center for Indian Country Development: Early Childhood Development Programs in Indian Country


Please join the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) on October 5 and 6, for rich discussions highlighting scientific research and successful early child development programs in Indian country. We also will share strategies to elevate early childhood development as a policy priority in Indian country and sustain funding.

To broaden perspectives and promote collaboration, the CICD encourages attendance of small teams from American Indian and Alaska Native communities consisting of leaders of early childhood development programs and tribal government representatives, tribal leaders, or elders. Also attending will be non-profit organizations and government agencies that manage funding and technical assistance for early childhood development initiatives in Indian country.

Speakers and panelists include:

  • Brooke Ammann, Waadookodaading Ojibwe Language Immersion School
  • Kathleen Annette, Blandin Foundation
  • Josie Chase, Oglala Lakota College
  • Terry Cross, National Indian Child Welfare Association
  • Jackie Dionne, Minnesota Department of Health
  • Barb Fabre, White Earth Band of Chippewa
  • Anita Fineday, Casey Family Programs – Indian Child Welfare Program
  • Michael Goze, American Indian Community Development Corporation
  • Megan Gunnar, University of Minnesota
  • Matthew Rama, Thunder Valley CDC – Lakota Immersion Childcare
  • Art Rolnick, University of Minnesota
  • Betty Jane Schaaf, Wicoie Nandagikendan Early Childhood Urban Immersion Program
  • Linda Smith, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Anton Treuer, Bemidji State University
  • Lori Watso, Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
  • Tarajean Yazzie-Mintz, American Indian College Fund
  • Maria Yellow Horse Brave Heart, University of New Mexico (invited)

In addition, the conference includes sessions to facilitate networking and idea sharing through roundtable discussions.

There is no charge for this “invitation only” event; conference registration is requiredPlease register early as space is limited.

U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Hearing, Early Childhood Development and Education in Indian Country

The U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs has posted the link to an Oversight Hearing held on February 26, 2014.

The topic of the hearing was “Early Childhood Development and Education in Indian Country: Building a Foundation for Academic Success.” Testimony was given by:

Ms. Linda K. Smith
Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison-for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Washington, DC

Mr. Danny Wells
Executive Officer-Division of Education, Chickasaw Nation, Ada, OK

Ms. Barbara Fabre
Chairman-National Indian Child Care Association; and Director, Child Care/Early Childhood Program, White Earth Ojibwe Nation, White Earth, MN

Ms. Jacquelyn Power
Superintendent/Principal-Blackwater Community School, Coolidge, AZ

Dr. E. Jane Costello
Associate Director for Research-Center for Child and Family Policy, Duke University, Durham, NC