Cary Waubanascum, Wapanohsew

Credentials: MSW, PhD

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Dr. Cary Waubanascum is a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. She is also Menominee, Forest County Potawatomi, and Stockbridge-Munsee. She is an Assistant Professor in social work at UW–Green Bay. She earned her PhD from the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota–Twin Cities. Her dissertation, “This is how we show up for our relatives: Understanding how Indigenous relative caregivers embody traditional kinship to resist the colonial child welfare system,” uncovered forms of ongoing colonialism perpetuated by the child welfare system. It also highlighted how Indigenous relative caregivers are living their kinship to protect Indigenous children from ongoing removal. Her work has implications for decolonization for Tribes, child welfare, and social work practice, policy, and education.