Ain Dah Yung Center
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Oyate Nawajin

Oyate Nawajin

The Oyate Nawajin (Stand With The People) Program is designed to keep American Indian families together and strong by providing the knowledge, skills and resources they need to provide a safe, stable environment for their children.

Wotakuye Program

The Wotakuye Program at Ain Dah Yung Center builds healthy and supportive networks of support for Ain Dah Yung Center young adults and their family and friends. We work to connect, reconnect, and find important people in their life who are able and willing to become part of their larger circle of support. Young adults and their connections and relations will have access to information about grief, loss, historical trauma, healthy boundaries, healthy expectations, and community support. The Ain Dah Yung Center’s Wotakuye Program aims to create and restore long term connections.

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Wotakuye Program Contact Information
Amy Arndt | Youth and Family Services Director
White Earth Nation

Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Case Management

Contact Information:
To access this service, call 651.266.4500.
For information on intake criteria, call 651.266.4492.

Program Description:
Case Management is designed to serve families with children who have severe emotional and behavioral disturbances. In a culturally sensitive manner, case managers help families:

  • Develop a treatment plan and a crisis plan
  • Provide information about and referral to community resources
  • Create a supportive team of family, professionals, and community members
  • Assist parents in advocating for their child’s mental health needs
  • Access respite care and other supports

In order to receive case management services:

  • A child must have a current SED diagnosis
  • The child must reside in Ramsey County
  • The child’s family must request or consent to services

For more information contact Sharla Burth.
769 University Ave W, St Paul, MN 55104
P: 651.370.2602
F: 651.224.5136

Other Resources:

Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative
The Ramsey County Children’s Mental Health Collaborative (RCCMHC) is a partnership of 35+ members including parents, private and county mental health providers, juvenile corrections and local school districts. We are committed to maintaining and improving mental health/behavioral health needs of children within the context of their family.


The Ain Dah Yung Center is committed to serving families with a variety of needs. Therefore participants may self refer, be referred by Ain Dah Yung Center staff, community agencies, St. Paul Public Schools, and Ramsey County Children and Family Services.

Family Advocacy Programming

Includes a variety of services focused on the preservation and reunification of American Indian families. These services are provided through family groups, parenting education, resource acquisition, and advocacy with a cultural base.

Family Support

Provides services for families whom are currently experiencing or at risk of experiencing out of home placement of a child.

Family Assessment

Provides services to families who have been identified by Ramsey County Child Protection. This program uses strength – based interventions and involves the family in planning for and selecting services to assist them achieving positive outcomes while in Child Protection case management.

If you have questions or would like more information on Family Advocacy, please contact Tyler Bouwens at:
1089 Portland Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104
P: 612-812-7041
F: 651.224.6136

Family Advocate Referral Form


Our Family Services program is also part of the Indian Child Welfare Legal Advocacy/Compliance (ICWLAC) Project. ICWLAC was created to enforce local compliance with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). The Ain Dah Yung Center’s ICWLAC Project provides court monitoring on cases involving American Indian children, legal representation to American Indian families (through a collaboration with SMRLS), and education/outreach to identify systemic problems and strategize on solutions regarding ICWA compliance. Read more about ICWA Court Monitoring in the Quarterly Newsletter.

Agindaso Abinoji-yag Newsletter

Indian Child Welfare Legal Advocacy/Compliance (ICWLAC) Project was created to enforce local compliance with the federal Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA). ICWA was created to prevent the dissolution of American Indian families and to reduce the number of American Indian children in out-of-home placement.

If you have questions or would like more information on ICWA court monitoring & compliance please contact Sadie Hart at:
1089 Portland Ave, St. Paul, MN 55104
P: 651.227.4184 ext. 24
F: 651.224.5136

For legal representation please contact:

Suzanne Guertin, Attorney at Law
Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
55 East Fifth Street, Suite 400 St. Paul, MN 55101
Office Phone: 651 222-5863
Office Fax: (651) 297-6457

Indian child welfare education events presented by the Metro Urban Indian Directors (MUID) Family Preservation Subcommittee

The Ain Dah Yung Center participates in community education events through the Metropolitan Urban Indian Directors Family Preservation Subcommittee. Event recordings are here: MUID Family Preservation Videos