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!
- 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.
- 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.
- Indian Child Welfare Act; Designated Tribal Agents for Service of Notice Tribal directory for contacting individual tribes pertaining to Indian Child Welfare cases.
- 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 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