Date of Award


Document Type

Open Access Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Social Work (MSW)


Social Work

First Advisor

Nancy Rodenborg, Ph.D

Second Advisor

Richard Spratt, MSW

Third Advisor

Anthony Bibus, Ph.D


This exploratory study surveyed tribal workers' perspectives on the effectiveness of the Indian Child Welfare Act. The purpose of this study was to gain front line perspectives from the people who work directly with the enforcement of the Indian Child Welfare Act. Do the various tribal workers involved with this study feel knowledgeable, trained, supported and most of all do they feel the Indian Child Welfare Act has been effective? If not, Why? What changes if any need to be made to ensure the effectiveness of the Indian Child Welfare Act? Questionnaires were mailed to tribal workers employed by eleven reservations located throughout Minnesota. The results were analyzed descriptively. The results indicate a large percent of Minnesota tribal workers are college educated, and although they felt they were knowledgeable about the Indian Child Welfare Act, only two of the 27 tribal workers surveyed answered four basic ICWA questions correctly.


SC 11.MSW.2005.Strong.LL

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