“Reflections on Social Issues for Native American Families in California”

Rose-Margaret Orrantia speaks about her experience with social work in Native American/American Indian communities.

Speaker: Rose-Margaret Orrantia, Yaqui Tribal Elder, Program Manager Tribal STAR at SDSU

Supports discussion of: social work in Native American/American Indian communities, culturally sensitive/appropriate social work, Indian Child Welfare Act, education on Indian reservations, adoptions and foster care system in minority communities, American Indians

Date: April 4th, 2012 at the 2012 CSWA (California Social Welfare Archives) Awards Luncheon Keynote Presentation

(0:36) – Introduction of Rose-Margaret Orrantia by Esther Gillies, President CSWA
(2:15) – Her beginnings and background as a Native American, education for Native Americans in the 1920s-1940s
(3:40) – 1962 Peace Corps in Peru, Food for Peace initiative
(4:02) – Beginnings of her social work career in New Mexico in adoptions
(4:40) – 1966 Work at the Institute of American Indian Artists in Santa Fe, New Mexico
(5:25) – “Every no can be turned into a maybe if you find the right words to justify it…I became very good with words.”
(5:40) – Work at ICFS (Indian Child and Family Services) in San Diego, California
(6:35) – Cultural context of social work for American Indians in California, assimilation into urban areas from reservations. California’s statistics for highest number of American Indian residents and most federally recognized tribes (except for Alaska)
(8:00) – Overcoming funding challenges statewide
(12:00) – Foster care system with American Indian populations on reservations
(13:40) – Paying social workers on reservations
(16:00) – Getting Indian cases on the court’s record
(16:10) – Most proud of at ICFS (Indian Child and Family Services)
(16:40) – First Indian Specialty Conference at UCLA, Indian Unit in San Diego County
(19:20) – Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA)
(20:50) – Communication between ICWA and Social Services, culturally appropriate social work
(24:20) – Q&A Session begins

The California Social Welfare Archives (CSWA), established in 1979, is a non-profit organization operating under the auspices of the USC School of Social Work and affiliated with the University Libraries. It collects and preserves documents and personal histories of significant contributors to the evolution of social welfare ensuring their availability to future generations – students, teachers, historians, and researchers. Collection activity includes gathering, preserving, and making available social welfare materials of historical significance, conducting oral history interviews with contributors to social welfare solutions in California, and creating events to publicly recognize significant contributors to California social welfare.

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