Mary Huyser, MSW ’89

Mary Huyser (MSW ’89) is from the Dine (Navajo) Nation in Arizona and belongs to the Salt Clan. A Native American child welfare expert, she has worked both on and off the reservation to address challenges faced by Native American children and their families. As Strategic Advisor for Casey Family Programs in Phoenix, Huyser did advocacy work, identified and mobilized resources, and communicated with state and tribal governments to promote effective, integrated and culturally relevant child welfare policy and practice standards. Huyser also provides national consultation and training regarding the Indian Child Welfare Act, enacted in 1978 to give tribes the right to self-govern and oversee child welfare issues among tribal members. Her previous positions include Program Manager for Navajo Nation Social Services in Window Rock, Arizona, and social worker at Denver Indian Health Services.