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Now Accepting Nominations for 2023!

The Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare Association, Inc. (OICWA) established the Tribal Court Judge of the Year Award to recognize a tribal court judge in Oklahoma who has demonstrated an outstanding commitment and dedication to families involved in the tribal child welfare system.

Criteria to be considered include being a practicing judge in an Oklahoma tribal court. Nominees must currently preside over a tribal juvenile deprived docket. The ideal award recipient demonstrates professionalism, integrity, fairness, and prioritizes ensuring children in foster care are provided connections to their kin, cultures, and communities.

The nomination may be made from an employee of any Oklahoma Indian Child Welfare program. Nominations are automatically emailed to the Nominating Committee Chair.

The Nominating Committee Chair provides all nominations to the Award Recipient Selection Committee who select one award recipient and report their selection to the Nominating Committee Chair. The Award Selection Committee consists of individuals employed outside of tribal or state child welfare in order to provide a fair and impartial selection process. If any individuals have a conflict of interest in relation to one or more of the nominees, they will recuse themselves from the committee. 

The award recipient will be honored at the 2023 OICWA Annual Conference and receive a Pendleton blanket. 


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