Two Native American leaders from Minnesota receive Casey Excellence for Children Awards
Casey Family Programs is pleased to announce two winners of national Casey Excellence for Children Awards: Dr. Erma Vizenor of the White Earth Nation in north-central Minnesota and Shana King, parent mentor of the Indian Child Welfare Law Center in Minneapolis.
These awards recognize outstanding individuals and leaders in child welfare who have demonstrated distinguished work, exceptional leadership and relentless dedication in improving child welfare in America. The awards will be presented May 18 at an event at the National Museum of the American Indian in Washington, D.C.
Family and Alumni award
Shana King, Minneapolis, Minnesota
A member of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation, King lived in foster care as a teen. A mother of five, King overcame substance abuse and was successfully reunified with her children. She plans to meet a daughter who was adopted later this summer.
Dr. Erma Vizenor, White Earth, Minnesota
Former chair, White Earth Nation
Dr. Vizenor also helped create a residential treatment program, a sobriety center for women, a community college and a new school, in addition to developing the first Early Childhood and Family Education program on the reservation. Dr. Vizenor is also the founder of Native Youth Alliance Minnesota, which works to prepare Native youth for a lifetime of choices, through education, research and organizational efforts. She has a master’s degree from the University of Minnesota Moorhead and a doctorate from Harvard University.