American Indian Foundation Field Unit


Thirty-eight tribal nations in Oklahoma have a government level relationship with the United States. This sovereign status has vast policy implications for social workers that must coordinate services across local, state, and tribal jurisdictions for the largest ethnic group in the state. The Council of Social Work Education has awarded Drs. Lisa Byers and Julie Miller-Cribbs with the Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative for the American Indian Foundation Field Unit for the Fall 2016 to Spring 2017 (see our other field units here). Students will work in tribal nations and an urban American Indian Health Center through behavioral health and domestic violence programs. Students gather two times a month to learn from experts involved in creating federal, state, and tribal laws that impact social work on a daily basis. Students leave the field unit with policy enriched knowledge, values, and skills necessary for effective social work practice that is transferable to tribal and non-tribal agencies.

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