Native American Services
Our Native American Affairs office provides a broad range of services to protect, preserve and strengthen Native American families both on and off tribal lands.
We support an Indian population of approximately 130,000 with various services provided in partnership with Michigan's federally recognized tribes, the state historic tribes, Indian organizations, federal government and other community and state organizations.
If you have questions, comments, concerns, or suggestions, contact Native American Affairs at DHS-NAA-MIFPA@michigan.gov or 517-335-7782. We are pleased to assist with your inquiry or suggestions!
Pictured to the right, department staff celebrate the Michigan Indian Family Preservation Act with the Governor's office and tribal leaders.
- 2015 BIA Guidelines for State Courts and Agencies Comparison Chart Highlights reasons for changes to the BIA Guidelines from 1979 publication to updated 2015 version.
- Promising Practices in Indian Child Welfare National examples of Tribal-State Collaboration best-practices in the implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA).
- Indian outreach workers help youth maintain tribal identity
- State Court Administrative Office ICWA/MIFPA Benchcards for Judges Updated ICWA/MIFPA Benchcard (2014); helpful for court staff and social work caseworkers in understanding legal compliance requirements.
- Indian Child Welfare Act; Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Notice Tribal directory for contacting individual tribes pertaining to Indian Child Welfare cases.
- New Guidelines for State Courts and Agencies for Indian Child Custody Proceedings The Bureau of Indian Affairs updated guidelines for state courts and agencies pertaining to the Indian Child Welfare Act. This publication replaces the 1979 version. The guidelines are available at: http://www.bia.gov/cs/groups/public/documents/text/idc1-029447.pdf
- DHS, Native American Affairs 2013 Annual Report Summary of 2013 tribal/state accomplishments and business priorities.
- American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) Foster Home Recruitment (Video) An American Indian/Alaska Native (AIAN) specific recruitment tool for potential foster or adoptive parents, licensing professionals, and agency partners supporting foster/adoptive homes.
- Keep Your Baby Sleeping Safely (Public Service Announcement - Radio) This safe sleep message was created by Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan. Learn more about safe sleep at www.michigan.gov/safesleep.
- Tribal State Relations, Executive Directive 2012-2