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Omaha Tribe to start foster care system with grant from HHS

From left: Omaha Tribe Vice Chair Adriana Saunsoci, Indian Health Service Director Robert McSwain and Omaha Tribe Chairman Vernon Miller in Washington, D.C., on September 22, 2015. Photo from Omaha Tribe

The Omaha Tribe of Nebraska is launching its own foster care system in an effort to keep Indian children closer to the community.

The tribe received a $300,000 grant from the Department of Health and Human Services to start the program. Chairman Vernon Miller said it will help strengthen enforcement of the Indian Child Welfare Act.

“We know what’s best for our children and our youth,” Miller told The Lincoln Journal Star. “The federal government recognizes that.”

According to the paper, Indian children represent 5 percent of the foster care population in Nebraska. Yet they are just 2 percent of the entire child population.

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