The Way Forward: Report of the Commission on Native Children


Congress created the independent Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children in 2016 to conduct a comprehensive study of the programs, grants, and supports available to American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians from birth through age 24 and with making recommendations about how this overall system could be strengthened, improved, and where needed, transformed to better help Native children and youth thrive. The Commission’s research addressed issues of child welfare; juvenile justice; education from early childhood through post-secondary and vocational training; physical, mental, and behavioral health; and research and data. It presents the multiple ways in which these different areas intersect to challenge life circumstances for Native children and youth. The Way Forward provides both broad principles and actionable steps to be taken to achieve the Commission’s goals to improve outcomes for Native children and youth and set them on the path to thriving.

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Alyce Spotted Bear and Walter Soboleff Commission on Native Children. The Way Forward: Report of the Commission on Native Children. February, 2024. Retrieved from:

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