Category: Events, Institute, Staff

Date: October 20, 2023

National Indian Education Association Conference

The Native American Social Work Studies Institute was very honored to participate in the NIEA Conference in Albuquerque. New Mexico Highlands University, Facundo Valdez School of Social Work is blazing a path forward for tribal social work. We were excited to have many visitors at our outreach table who expressed deep gratitude and interest in addressing our tribal communities’ specific needs. Comments I heard were inspiring and motivating. The NASWSI will continue to research and develop curricula for all future social workers and other helping professionals to fill their toolbox with skills and knowledge needed to help tribal communities thrive! (And a special thanks to the Mescalero Apache Tribe’s leadership for visiting our table and talking with us about our efforts.)



Dr. Riley is an enrolled member of the Mescalero Apache Tribe of New Mexico. She has worked in the field of social work for over 23 years and is currently the Director of the Native American Social Work Studies Institute. Her passion is working with people and teaching and learning new things.


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