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This three-day course is designed to help child welfare professionals understand how cultural perspectives affect their work with American Indian children and families. Bridging Our Understanding offers Minnesota child welfare workers a comprehensive experience in order to gain awareness, understanding and improved practice skills for working with American Indian children and families. The unique teaching approach intends to encourage non-Indian social workers to reconcile mainstream practice methods with the relational worldview and cultural practices of American Indian tribes in Minnesota. Workers gain knowledge of specific resources that are tribally identified as fundamental to improving service development and delivery to American Indian children and families. Courses are hosted by Minnesota tribal programs and include presentations by representatives that address tribal history, child welfare practices, available services, and other topics.