ABOUT US

About OICWA- The Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association, Inc. (OICWA) is a 501 C 3 non-profit, membership organization representing the Indian Child Welfare programs in the State of Oklahoma. OICWA's membership includes tribes and individuals dedicated to promoting the well-being of American Indian children, their families, and their tribes. OICWA originated from an Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Task Force created in 1981 to address common areas of service and issues among ICWA programs in the state. During initial meetings, members of the Task Force identified needs critical to protecting Indian children in Oklahoma and worked diligently to address those needs.

 

Perhaps the most significant activity of the Task Force was advocating for the Oklahoma legislature to pass a law supporting the Federal Indian Child Welfare Act. As a result of the Task Force's tireless efforts, the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Act was signed into law in 1982. As its members continued to advocate for Indian children and families, the 

ICWA Task Force evolved into the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association and, in 1984, was officially recognized by the State of Oklahoma as a corporation. Today, through the ongoing dedication from current members, OICWA continues to uphold the original vision and mission of its founding members. As a voice for the Indian Child Welfare programs in Oklahoma, OICWA continues to strive to protect the most vital resource of Indian tribes in Oklahoma - their children.

FRONT ROW: TRACY HANEY, KIMME WIND-HUMMINGBIRD

BACK ROW: NETHIA WALLACE, CAROL MITHLO &

RITA HART

BOARD MEMBERS

TRACY HANEY - PRESIDENT

Tracy Haney is the Child Welfare Director for the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and has been in the Children and Family Services field for over 29 years. Previously, he has held state and tribal positions as a child protective services worker, foster care worker, family violence coordinator, juvenile detention administrator, juvenile justice program director, and an institutional programs supervisor. Mr. Haney graduated Cum Laude from Saint Gregory’s University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Social Science and criminal justice and has been admitted to the Delta Epsilon Sigma National Catholic Honor Society.

 

Mr. Haney is qualified as a certified child sexual abuse investigator, certified law enforcement officer with the State of Oklahoma and the Department of Interior, certified child forensic interviewer, and a certified child care worker. He currently serves as the President of the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association, Chair of the Tribal/State Collaboration Workgroup, member of the Shawnee Area Native American Child Protection Team, Board of Directors of Project SAFE Domestic Violence Agency, member of the Court Improvement Program ICWA subcommittee, and member of the Children’s Justice Act Advisory Board.

 

His previous appointments include the Oklahoma Child Death Review Board, Child Abuse Training and Coordination Council, Pottawatomie County Child Abuse Team, District V Child Abuse Task Force, State Interagency Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club. Mr. Haney was the recipient of the 2001 District V Child Abuse Task Force’s “Outstanding Efforts in Child Abuse Prevention” award and received the 2007 Sonya Atetewuthtakewa Award for “Distinguished Service in the Protection of Native Children.” Mr. Haney is a foster/adoptive parent and has four children and four grandchildren. He is a member of the Seminole Nation of Oklahoma and is of Seminole/Creek descent. He is of the Hecete Band and Alligator Clan. He resides in Tecumseh, Oklahoma.

NETHIA WALLACE - VICE PRESIDENT

Nethia Wallace’s Indian Name is Ki-se-ko-tha-quah – “Sun beams shining through the clouds hitting the earth.” She is a member of the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma and was raised with a traditional Kickapoo upbringing. Nethiaworks for the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma serving as the Indian Child Welfare Director. She started her career in ICW in November 2006 working as the KTO ICW Director’s Assistant.

 

While working her way through college, she remained invested in ICW with the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma and served in various positions to include ICW Caseworker, Family Preservation Caseworker, and Child Protection Service Worker.

 

Nethia has ten plus years of experience working in Indian Child Welfare. She attended college and graduated from Mid America Christian University (MACU) with a degree in Business Administration. She has worked for the Kickapoo Tribe of Oklahoma from 2006 to 2015.

 

Nethia is a member of the Shawnee Area Native American Child Protection Team(SANAPT) and served as the SANACPT President from 2012-2014. Along with other SANACPT members,Nethia worked with Mountain Plains Child Welfare Implementation Center to develop a Foster Care Curriculum “Circle of Keepers.” Nethia previously worked for Sac and Fox Nation as the Child Welfare Specialist which encompassed all aspects of child welfare; CPS, Foster Care, Casework, and Family Preservation.

 

Nethia is currently the Secretary/Treasurer for SANACPT and serves as the OICWA Board Member At Large as well as the OICWA Nomination Committee Chair. Nethia states, “It has always been my passion to work with youth. I am a strong advocate for ICWA to better help our Native Children and families and enjoy the opportunity to help our families.”

CAROL MITHLO - TREASURER

Carol Gooday- Mithlo is an enrolled member of the Comanche Nation and is of Fort Sill Apache (Chiricahua, Warm Springs) descent.  She is descended from Chief Mowway of the Kuhtsutʉʉka (Buffalo Eaters) band of Comanches and Chief Mangas Coloradas of the Warm Springs band of Apaches.

Carol currently works for the Comanche Nation Tribal Court as the Court Administrator/Court Clerk.  She was previously the Indian Child Welfare Director for the Comanche Nation and worked as a Caseworker for the ICW Department prior to becoming the Director. Prior to being employed with the Comanche Nation, Carol worked for Specialized Alternatives for Families & Youth, a therapeutic Foster Care Agency, certified through the State of Oklahoma.  She has a combined twenty plus years of experience in working with children and families throughout the State of Oklahoma.

Carol is currently the Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association Treasurer and have held that position since 2017.  She also serves as the Vice President of the Southern Plains Child Protection Team. 

During Carol’s down time, she spends a lot of quality time with her four daughters, five grandchildren and loving husband.

MICAH CARREON - SECRETARY

 

Micah Carreon is an enrolled member of the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma and serves as an Indian Child Welfare Social Worker for her Tribe. Micah began her career in Indian Child Welfare in 2012 and has served in this role for both the Chickasaw Nation and Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. Micah obtained her Bachelor of Science degree from Newman University in Wichita, Kansas. During her undergraduate career, Micah was a proud member of Psi Chi, the international honor society for Psychology, and she graduated with honors in 2006.

 

Micah began her career in the field of mental health working alongside children and adolescents at a behavioral health hospital in the Pacific Northwest. She believes her years of experience serving others in this field has impacted and complimented her abilities in the field of child welfare today.

 

In addition to her professional achievements, Micah is a devoted wife and mother. She believes her most important calling is raising her son. Micah is a fierce advocate for tribal members and the preservation of Native families. She works diligently to insure ICWA is applied to child welfare cases, and she works alongside her State counterparts to create the best outcomes for each family she works with.

KARIE MASHUNKASHEY - MEMBER AT LARGE

 

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OICWA  P.O. Box 1274 • Shawnee, OK 74802

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