Nominate Someone for our Member of the Year Award!

NICWA Member or Program of the Year—Award Guidelines

NICWA members are invited to submit nominations for the Member or Program of the Year Award. This award honors and recognizes either:

  • An individual NICWA member who has demonstrated outstanding service, contributions, and leadership in their profession as well as involvement as a member of NICWA, or
  • A tribal or organizational NICWA member that has an exemplary practice-based program, project, initiative, or policy.

The recipient will receive:

  • An award, to be given during our annual Protecting Our Children National American Indian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect. The recipient will be notified before the event and will be asked to prepare and give a few brief remarks when they accept their award during the event.
  • A complimentary one-year coral-level NICWA membership at the time of their next membership renewal.
  • Recognition on the NICWA website with a short biography and summary of the year’s achievements and recognition in the May membership e-newsletter, as well as in NICWA’s annual report. This will become an ongoing listing on the website as more recipients are recognized. Award recipients will be asked to submit a photograph to be used for award publicity.

Award Eligibility

Nominees must hold a current NICWA held membership. Any individual, tribal, or organizational member of NICWA may be nominated for Member or Program of the Year. Nominees can be self-nominated or nominated by other NICWA members, staff, or board. NICWA board and staff are not eligible for this award during their terms of service and employment.

Award Criteria—Individuals

Individual nominees will be considered based upon their:

  • Contributions to NICWA during the previous year, including:
    • Volunteerism
    • Committee involvement
    • Participation and engagement as a NICWA member
    • Advancing the mission of NICWA through mentoring students and emerging professionals in American Indian/Alaska Native child welfare or related field and new member recruitment
  • Service to their community
  • Commitment to continued learning, training, and education
  • Leadership
  • Position as a role model to peers
  • Ability to promote networking and communications between NICWA and groups with complimentary missions, goals, and purposes

Award Criteria—Programs

Program nominees will be considered based upon their:

  • Innovation—pushes beyond boundaries and excels in the use of original and creative methods (social media, traditional teachings in modern practice, inventive approach, cutting-edge training, use of technology, etc.)
  • Service values—delivers culturally competent services in partnership with the community they serve
  • Sustainability—ability of the program to be maintained beyond the short-term range
  • Optimization—the ability of the program to optimize resources
  • Relevance—aligns with their mission and strategic goals
  • Social impact—the ability of the innovation to create or effect positive or desirable changes within the community they serve
  • Replicability—has the capacity to be replicated and scaled to different settings

Nomination Process

To nominate an individual or organizational member for this award, complete an application form and mail it to:

Member Relations Manager
National Indian Child Welfare Association
5100 SW Macadam Avenue, Suite 300
Portland, OR 97239

Applications may also be emailed to


All submissions must be received by 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time on March 1, 2019.

Award Selection

The recipient will be selected from the slate of nominations by NICWA’s annual conference local planning committee. The local planning committee is made up of community members, and voting will be facilitated by the member relations manager. Only one award will be presented per year.