Sheldon Spotted Elk

Director, Indian Child Welfare, Casey Family Programs

Sheldon Spotted Elk works at a national non-profit dedicated to safely reduce the amount of children in foster care, he provides technical assistance for Tribal and state courts on child welfare issues. He regularly trains court professionals and presents on Tribal child welfare and Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) issues.

He also currently serves as tribal court of appeals judge in the same jurisdiction that he once represented children in dependency and delinquency issues. Mr. Spotted Elk also teaches a summer law course on Family Law in Indian Country. He has published an article on tribal constitutional reform in the Tribal Law Journal and articles on the ICWA.

Mr. Spotted Elk graduated from University of New Mexico School of Law with a Certificate in Indian Law and received the CALI Award for Economic Development in Indian Country. He received his BSW from University of Utah College of Social Work.

Mr. Spotted Elk is a member of the Northern Cheyenne Tribe from Lame Deer, Montana and has two sons.

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