Indian Child Welfare Assistance

Keeping our Iñupiat families together

By tribal resolutions, the Native Village of Anaktuvuk Pass, Atqasuk, Kaktovik, Nuiqsut, and Wainwright authorize the Arctic Slope Native Association to administer and approve the Indian Child Welfare Act Program on their behalf. The services provided include representing their tribal children in court hearings, case reviews, working with families and the state to minimize the removal of tribal children and/or the placement of children with their relatives, and handling customary adoptions and outreach services to the villages.

Tribal members are strongly urged to enroll their children and grandchildren as members of the tribe. When children are recognized members of the tribe, it is much easier for ASNA to represent them.

The Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978:

The Congress hereby declares that it is the policy of this Nation to protect the best interests of Indian children and to promote the stability and security of Indian children from their families by the establishment of minimum Federal standards for the removal of Indian children from their families and the placement of such children in foster or adoptive homes which will reflect the unique values of Indian culture, and by providing for assistance to Indian tribes in the operation of child and family service programs.

Eligibility Requirements

Individuals must be tribal members to receive ICWA Assistance.

Communities Served

  • Anaktuvuk Pass
  • Atqasuk
  • Kaktovik
  • Nuiqsut
  • Wainwright

ICWA Contact (Community & Social Services Division)

Toll Free: 1 800 478 3033 / Local: 907 852 2762 / Direct: 907 852 9374 / E-mail: