ICWA Conference Materials

2020 Conference Materials

ICWA Day 1 Video

ICWA Day 2 Video

June 24th, 2020
8:30-9:00 Opening Ceremony: Chairman Ted Hernandez, Wiyot Tribe 
9:00-9:30 Keynote: Art Martinez, Ph.D. 
9:30-10:30 COVID-19 Update

Facilitator: Stephanie Weldon, Social Services Director, Yurok Tribe 


  • Kim Johnson, CDSS Director 
  • Greg Rose, CDSS Deputy Director 
  • Christina Snider, Tribal Advisor to Governor Newsom
  • Heather Hostler, Director, CDSS Office of Tribal Affairs


10:30 – 10:45 BREAK
10:45-12:30 ICWA Legislation/Litigation Updates

Facilitator: Maureen Geary, Partner, Maier Pfeffer Kim Geary & Cohen LLP

    • Christina Riehl, Deputy Attorney General, California Justice Department of Justice 
    • Merri Lopez-Keifer, Director, Office of Native American Affairs, California Department of Justice
  • Kimberly Cluff, In-House General Counsel, Morongo Band of Mission Indians 
    • Ann Gilmour, Attorney, Judicial Council of California, Center for Families, Children & the Courts 
  • Delia Sharpe, Executive Director, California Tribal Families Coalition 
  • Heather Hostler, Director, California Department of Social Services, Office of Tribal Affairs
12:30-1:45 Lunch 


2:45 – 4:00 

Tribal Infrastructure Development/Funding Panel

Facilitator: Delia Sharpe, Executive Director, California Tribal Families Coalition 

  • Stephanie Weldon, Social Services Director, Yurok Tribe (Title IV-B) 
  • Dorothy Wait, Community & Family Services Director, Tolowa Dee-ni Nation (Title IV-E)
  • Tilford Denver, Vice Chairman, Bishop Paiute Tribe (TANF)


  • Blair Kreuzer, Executive Director, Two Feathers Native American Family Services: Medi-Cal billing through the County 
    • Season Goodpasture, Director of Social Services, Pala Band of Mission Indians: BIA tribal court funding  
  • Deanna Bovee, Chairwoman, Susanville Indian Rancheria: Tribal Nations Grant Funding 
June 25th, 2020 
8:45-9:00 Opening Prayer: Chairman Ted Hernandez, Wiyot Tribe
9:00-9:30 Keynote: Hon. Abby Abinanti, Chief Judge, Yurok Tribe 
9:30-10:00 CDSS Office of Tribal Affairs Team Spotlight 
10:00-10:30 BREAK
10:30- 12:30 Tribal Spotlight Panel: sharing of tribal organizational approaches 

Facilitator: Season Goodpasture, Social Services Director, Pala Band of Mission Indians

  • Virgil Moorehead, Jr. Psy.D., Director of Behavioral Health, Two Feathers Native American Family Services 
    • Karan Kolb, Director of Social Services, Southern California Indian Health Council 
  • Liz DeRouen, Executive Director, Indian Child and Family Preservation Program  
  • Stephanie Weldon (Social Services Director, Yurok Tribe) & Angela Sundberg (Social Services Director, Trinidad Rancheria): Collaboration through tribal social service meetings in Humboldt County 
    • Hon. Devon Lomayesva, Chief Judge: Intertribal Court of Southern California  
  • Hon. Christine Williams, Chairperson: California Tribal Court Judges’ Association 
12:30 – 1:45 Lunch Break



Issues Panel: Child and Family Team Meetings; ICWA AFCARS; Foster Youth Bill of Rights

Facilitator: Tamara Honrado, Associate General Counsel, Yurok Tribe Office of Tribal Attorney

  • Child and Family Team Meetings/Wraparound
  • Lisa Witchey, Chief of the Resource Development and Training Support Bureau CDSS
  • Angela Sundberg, Social Services Director, Trinidad Rancheria 


  • Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS) – ICWA Data Points
  • Jessica Rougeux, Service Manager, Child Welfare Digital Services, CDSS
  • Edna SImbi, Child Welfare Digital Services Service Manager), CDSS
  • AB 175: Foster Youth Bill of Rights
  • Rochelle Trochtenberg, Ombudsperson, California Foster Care

Webinar Video: ICWA 101 (CILS)