Spirit Lake Social Services

Spirit Lake Tribal Social Services

Vision: Strengthening Spirit Lake children, families and community through Dakota values.
Mission: We will partner to deliver culturally responsive family services and supports.

Organization Chart


Coming Events:




Director Chuck Sanderson: 701-230-5295

Administration Diana Azure: 701-766-4404

SLTSS Case Manager Jean Robertson: 701-381-9693

SLTSS Case Manager Savannah Nelson: 701-381-8191

Behavior Health Case Manager Jacquelyn Meier: 701-381-9693

Family Preservation Elton Greywater: 701-230-4195

Family Preservation Agnes Cavanaugh: 701-381-8147

Foster Care Developer Ashley Roulette: 701-381-9771

Coordinator Marie Martin: (701) 766-4855

Darcy Smith Tiwahe Program Developer: 701-381-2477

Heidi Parisian Tiwahe Assistant: 701-381-2064

Sharlotte Martin Tiwahe Case Manager Assistant: 701-766-4404


Dakota Values

Waohoda (Respect) Ohan Owotana (Honesty)
Woksape (Wisdom) Waokiyapi (Help)
Wawokiya (Generosity) Wichwahba (Humility)
Wowaditake (Courage & Fortitude) Waunsida (Compassion)


Guiding Principles:
The safety of children is paramount.

  • We will acknowledge families as relatives.

  • We will measure and evaluate our work to ensure quality services.

  • We will strive to provide consistency through well trained and well supervised staff.

  • We will treat families fairly, ethically and as equal partners.

  • We will practice in an ethical manner that reflects Dakota values and best practice.

  • We recognize and promote safety, permanence and well-being of children.

  • We will engage families and our colleagues in a strength based and respectful manner.

  • We will work collaboratively, transparently, and professionally with our stakeholders.

  • We recognize families are unique.

  • We will promote a learning environment inside and outside of the Spirit Lake child welfare system of care.

  • We will be proactive in our efforts to provide prevention and early intervention.

  • We will promote individual family self-determination.

  • We have a shared responsibility for the children in our community. “It takes a village to raise a child.”

  • We will continue to sustain and strengthen effective communication, coordination and collaboration with all partners.

  • We will solicit, encourage and respect family’s voice and choice throughout the tribal child welfare system of care.

  • We will invite and encourage community participation and input.

  • We will accept and address constructive criticism; encourage positive solutions and idea; and celebrate successes.

  • We will demonstrate accountability to our families.

  • We will uphold current law and advocate for law that better protects our children, families and community.

  • We will continuously seek out and leverage our resources.

Services Provided by IV-E Foster Care:

  • Site visits of IV-E foster children

  • Placement foster children

  • Arrange necessary services

  • Engagement of parents

  • One on one children interaction care & parents

  • Make referrals for other resources as needed

  • Assist or arrange in transportation to and from appoints for children in placement

  • Facilitate quarterly Child Family Team Meetings

  • Develop affidavits for court intervention

  • Participate in IEP meetings for IV-E children

  • Support foster parents in placement of IV-E children

Foster Home Recruitment, Licensing, and Support

  • Locate families interested in Foster Care

  • Conduct home studies

  • Assist families in meeting all standards

  • Present findings to Director for his recommendations

  • Assist and arrange for training