David Cournoyer
Plain Depth Consulting, LLC
St. Paul, Minnesota
David Cournoyer is an independent consultant who works on issues of communications, facilitation, program development, organizational development and fund development. He has more than 15 years of experience in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector through work at national foundations and nonprofit organizations. At the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, David provided communications expertise to youth and education initiatives, including community development and higher education programs. At Lumina Foundation for Education, David served as program director, chairing the foundation's largest grants management team and co-leading the launch of the national KnowHow2Go Campaign to raise awareness about preparing for college. More recently, David developed a new community leadership program as program officer at Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation. Throughout his philanthropic career, he has been active in organizations such as Grantmakers for Education and the Leadership Learning Community, regularly presenting at such annual conferences as GFE, the Council on Foundations and Philanthropy Northwest.

In other experience, David served as director of resource and program development at Native Americans in Philanthropy, where he previously was board chair for four years. He also worked at the American Indian College Fund, a national organization that supports tribal colleges and universities. Prior to his nonprofit work, David worked in television journalism for nearly a decade, serving as the Denver correspondent for the Fox News Channel and working for CBS News and stations in Minneapolis and Albuquerque.

David is an enrolled member of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe. Passionate about leadership and human development, David credits the Ambassadors Program - a leadership program targeting Native professionals sponsored by Americans for Indian Opportunity - as focusing his life purpose. He currently serves on the boards of the First Peoples Fund, St. Paul Public Schools Indian Education Parent Committee and St. Paul Area Council of Churches. He and his family live in St. Paul.


Terry Cross, MSW, ACSW, LCSW
Seneca Nation of Indians
Terry Cross is an enrolled member of the Seneca Nation of Indians and is the developer, founder, and Executive Director of the National Indian Child Welfare Association. He is the author of the Heritage and Helping, an eleven manual curriculum for tribal child welfare staff. He is also author of the Positive Indian Parenting curricula, as well as Cross-Cultural Skills in Indian Child Welfare. He co-authored "Toward a Culturally Competent System of Care" and "Reclaiming Customary Adoption." He has over 35 years of experience in child welfare, including 10 years working directly with children and families. He served on the faculty of Portland State University School of Social Work.

Michael Dahl
Michael Dahl is an enrolled member of the White Earth Nation. He has dedicated his life to learning the traditional ways of the Anishinaabe people and is a highly respected spiritual advisor. He resides in White Earth with his wife Crystal and their family.

Heidi Drobnick
Heidi Drobnick is an enrolled member of the Boise Fort Band of Ojibwe. She is a partner in the law firm Swanson, Drobnick & Tousey and is active in American Indian child welfare law. Heidi is the former Director of the Indian Child Welfare Law Center and has served as an attorney and judge for multiple tribes. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of Minnesota Duluth and her law degree from the University of Minnesota Law School.

Larry W. Jourdain, HBSW
Four Degree Midewin
Larry W. Jourdain is a tribal member of the Lac La Croix First Nation and he is fluent in the Ojibway language and resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario with his family. Mr. Jourdain is a member of the Lynx Clan and his Anishinabe Names are: Maminotequenab, Ogimamajiweb and Beshigwenab. Larry is a former Chief of the Lac La Croix First Nation, a former President of Weechi-it-te-win Family Services; a former Executive Director of Aboriginal Child Welfare Association of Ontario, and is now the Executive Director of Nishawbe-Aski Legal Services. He periodically works as a Consultant who specializes in cultural competent and congruent social work training. Larry owns and operates a consulting firm called Jourdain Associates in Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Larry W. Jourdain researches traditional Aboriginal approaches to healing, customary methods to conflict resolution, tribal family systems and structure, traditional governance structures, traditional and customary law. He has authored several articles on traditional government, cultural predominance in Aboriginal child welfare, customary care and traditional Aboriginal healing theory and practice. He has been the driving force in the establishment of the Aboriginal Healing Program and the bicultural practice and approach at Weechi-it-te-win Family Services.


Andrew Small
Andrew M. Small began his practice with the Gros Ventre and Assiniboine Tribes of the Fort Belknap Reservation in Montana in 1981, after he had interned with them for two years.  He also served as counsel for the Blackfeet Nation, the Rocky Boy's government, and the Crow Tribe.  His practice has included all aspects of Tribal government including development of courts, Tribal child welfare protection, promulgation of laws, natural resources and water protection, sovereignty defense, housing, taxation, tribal membership, domestic relations, treaty rights negotiation and litigation.  Andrew Small has served as general counsel and special counsel for thirteen Tribes and is admitted to practice in fourteen Tribal jurisdictions throughout Indian Country, as well as Circuit Courts of Appeal and the United States Supreme Court.  Andrew Small was one of the principal drafters of the Iowa ICWA law of 2003 and he has worked with others to prepare similar legislation for consideration by other state legislatures. Andrew served as an Associate Judge for the Lower Sioux Indian Community from 1995 to September 2005 and as the Children’s Court Judge for the Prairie Island Mdewakanton Dakota Community from 1994 through 2002.  During his decade as a judge, he assisted in the successful petition to the Minnesota Supreme Court for a recognition rule, now known as Rule 10 of the General Rules of Practice.

Alton "Sonny" Smart, HBSW
Sonny Smart is an enrolled member of the Bad River Chippewa. He served as an Associate Tribal Judge for over 15 years. He currently holds the rank of Professor in the Sociology/Social Work Department at the University of Wisconsin Steven's Point. Sonny specializes in issues concerning family, child welfare, Indian child welfare, Social Work and Culturally Diverse Families, Community involvement and substance abuse. Sonny serves as the coordinator for the Native American & Rural Social Work Minor at UW Steven's Point. Sonny possesses skills and talents in Anishinaabe song, dance, and stories to help his audiences bridge the gap between theory and cultural practices among tribal people.


Ted Waukey, MSW
Ted Waukey holds both a Bachlor of Arts degree in Indian Studies with a minor in Chemical Dependency and a Bachelor of Social Work degree from Bemidji State University. Mr. Waukey also received a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the Child Welfare Scholars program.  He worked in various positions in the area of Chemical Dependency before getting into the social work field, including a counselor at Four Winds Treatment Center in Brainerd and a CD Assessor at MIWRC in Minneapolis. Mr. Waukey served as the Consultant in Disparities for Indian Children in Out-of-Home Placement for the Minnesota Department of Human Services and later as the Director of Family Services for Mille Lacs Reservation Family Services before accepting his current position as a Program Coordinator with Leech Lake Child Welfare.

Heather Weaver, BSW
Heather M. Weaver, BSW, has been employed since 2007 as an Assessment Social Worker for the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe's Child Welfare Department. In this capacity, she is interested in issues of expanding tribal sovereignty as Leech Lake continues to address child protection issues for on-reservation families independent of county agency involvement. She is enrolled as an MSW student at the University of Minnesota-Duluth, and plans to continue in tribal child welfare following these studies. Her fifteen years of professional human services experiences include three years of housing management for Latino immigrants in Colorado, and three years of case management for adults experiencing chronic mental illnesses in Iowa. She enjoys fishing, gardening, and local politics.

 
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