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Tuesday, December 4, 2018

9:00 − 4:30 pm Pre-Conference Institutes (Hotel Map)
4:00 − 8:00 pm On-Site Conference Registration
and Distribution of Materials
Santa Rosa
5:00 − 7:30 pm Conference Reception (Optional)

East Pool Deck
(Weather Permitting)

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

7:00 − 9:00 am On-Site Conference Registration
and Distribution of Materials
Santa Rosa
9:00 − Noon Plenary Opening Session California Ballroom
Sarah Deer (Mvskoke)
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
School of Public Affairs and Administration
University of Kansas

Kelly Stoner (Cherokee)
Victim Advocacy Legal Specialist
Tribal Law & Policy Institute
  Opening Invocation
Ernest Siva (Serrano/Cahuilla)
  Honoring the Wisdom of Our Warriors that Protect Our Safety
Flag/Honor Song

The Boyz
  Posting of Colors
First Nations Women Warriors Color Guard
Jeff L. Grubbe (Agua Caliente) - invited
Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians
  Cultural Ceremony (Chair Ceremony)
Honoring Ceremony for Victims/Survivors of Violence
Jim Clairmont (Sicangu Lakota)
Spiritual Leader
  Opening Remarks 
Darlene Hutchinson Biehl, Director
Office for Victims of Crime
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
  Matt Dummermuth
Principal Deputy Assistant Attorney General
U.S. Department of Justice
  Braiding Strength, Hope, and Healing for the Path Forward: Telling Our Stories Through Various Mediums  
  Mary Kathryn Nagle (Cherokee)
Partner, Pipestem Law
  Anne Makepeace
Writer, Producer, Director
Film: Tribal Justice
  Joanne Shenandoah (Oneida-Iroquois
Grammy Award Winning Singer/Performer/Composer/ Actress/Lecturer
  Taylor Sheridan -invited
Writer, Director
Film: Wind River
Noon − 1:30 pm LUNCH (On your own)  
1:30 − 3:00 pm Workshops A  
Mallory Black
Lori Jump
Weaving a Braid of Support for Native Survivors of Domestic Violence and Dating Violence
(Sponsored by National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center)
The StrongHearts Native Helpline (1-844-7NATIVE) is an anonymous and confidential domestic violence and dating violence helpline for all American Indians and Alaska Natives. Trained advocates, with a strong understanding of Native cultures and traditions, offer a safe space to talk about issues of intimate partner abuse, offer education and support, as well as make referrals to Native-centered domestic violence and sexual assault resources. Learn more about the StrongHearts Native Helpline and how we assist our Native people in their journey toward healing.
Mesquite B

Kim Day
Jennifer Pierce Weeks
Ensuring Safety, Justice, and Healing for Sexually Abused Children: Demystifying the Pediatric Sexual Abuse Exam
(Sponsored by Office on Violence Against Women)
Child sexual abuse is complex and requires a community response. The medical forensic examination is an integral part of that response. The main goal of the sexual abuse exam is to address the holistic needs of the child and when fully understood is an opportunity for the entire team to promote healing.
Mesquite C

Stephanie Weldon
Abby Abinanti
Joyce Hinrichs
Battling the Opioid Epidemic: Collaborative Governments and Courts Working Together to Serve Tribal Children and Families
(Sponsored by Humboldt County and Yurok Tribe)
In Humboldt County, California, the Humboldt Superior Court and the Yurok Tribal Court, through a joint powers agreement, have created the Family Wellness Court as alternative to the juvenile dependency system. This presentation will inform participants with the wraparound teaming of service providers, benefits, and development process.
Mesquite D–E
Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell
Aldo Seoane
Greg Grey Cloud
Bringing Men Back to Our Traditional Roles to Protect and Honor Our Communities
(Sponsored by Wica Agli)
In Native communities we have issues unique to each community and issues common to all. As we build the movement of engaging men and youth to restore traditional teachings and roles of men to protect and honor we are also building our tools to increase our outreach, awareness, and education efforts. This presentation will cover culturally specific approaches to help bring awareness to crime victimization issues for community organizers, community members, and those working with men who desire Native-specific tools or ideas for developing a response to the contributing factors of crime and victimization in Indian country and focusing on engaging men to become aware of root causes for issues like suicide, depression, and drug and alcohol abuse in their community.
Mesquite G–H
Eric Smith
Susan Wells
Tribal-State Collaboration on Cases Relevant to Restorative Justice/Practice
This session will address referral of state court cases involving Native people to tribal restorative justice programs in cases in which the state retains jurisdiction. Criminal cases, sentencing, and probation will be discussed, with a focus on victim impact and restoration, as well as custody and child protection cases.
Smoke Tree A-B
Rita Martinez
Ada P. Melton
DeeJay Chino
Stakeholder Engagement in Tribal Research with American Indian and Alaskan Native Communities
Research in tribal communities and Alaska Native villages requires active and meaningful involvement and collaboration by a variety of stakeholders including tribal leaders and citizens. This session will present what the researcher’s role is in identifying and engaging tribal stakeholders and gaining stakeholders perspectives at various levels. The presentation will provide a brief overview and examples of tribal-led research initiatives as well as other types of research that tribes may be participating in at the regional and national level. The session will review research proposals and objectives and the oversight of research designs, methods, and approaches; possible engagement challenges; participation in analysis of findings and publications; dissemination strategies; and tribal use of research findings.
Smoke Tree C
Jim Walters
Pamela Foster
Hidden Dangers: Missing and Exploited Children in Indian Country
(Sponsored by Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention)
This module looks at recent cases of Native American and Alaskan children abducted by sexual predators in their own communities, the dynamics of abduction, as well as community-based programs to protect children from the danger of abduction. Participants will hear from Pamela Foster, the mother of eleven-year-old Ashlynne Mike, who was abducted and murdered on the Navajo Nation Reservation in May 2016. The discussion will include new developments in federal law regarding AMBER Alert resources for tribal communities and the steps tribes can take to create AMBER Alert plans.
Smoke Tree E-D
Korey Wahwassuck
Hon. John P. Smith
Jennifer Fahey, JD
Hon. Kimberly Sweet
Hon. Anna Moran
How to Create a Joint Jurisdiction Court: Project T.E.A.M. (Together Everyone Achieves More)
(Sponsored by Bureau of Justice Assistance)
Attendees will get a brief overview of how the first joint jurisdiction courts were formed and how Project T.E.A.M. helped pilot sites develop their own courts, and will gain an understanding of jurisdictional issues and the ways in which tribes can exercise tribal sovereignty and promote healing, safety, and justice through joint jurisdiction courts. Attendees will be provided with Project T.E.A.M.’s Joint Jurisdiction Courts: A Manual for Developing Tribal, Local, State & Federal Justice Collaborations, and have an opportunity to ask questions of Project T.E.A.M. that are specifically related to their own jurisdictions. Attendees wishing to develop their own joint jurisdiction courts will receive 1:1 assistance from Project T.E.A.M. to complete an action plan to follow for creating their own programs.
Lisa Heth
Kendall Cadwell
Helping Victims of Sex Trafficking to Heal and Find Their Purpose
This presentation will focus on providing sex trafficking victims options of healing and helping victims to find their purpose and strength and become self-sufficient. Participants will also learn how to refer victims to Pathfinder Center.
Virginia Davis
Steve Aycock
VAWA 2013 Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction: The First Five Years
(Sponsored by Office on Violence Against Women)
This workshop provides an overview of the Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 (VAWA 2013), summarizes how this landmark provision has been implemented, and analyzes its impacts in the five years since it was enacted. It will also include a panel comprised of a handful of representatives from tribes who have implemented. This examination of the tribes’ early exercise of Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction suggests that VAWA 2013 has been a success. As Congress intended, the law has equipped tribes with the much-needed authority to combat the high rates of domestic violence against Native women, while protecting non-Indians’ rights in impartial, tribal forums.
Michele Mas Sweetgrass Grows: Moving from Victim to Survivor Using Traditional and Western Methods of Healing
This workshop provides a safe place for participants to enhance their knowledge/skills for work with individuals who have experienced trauma, complex trauma, and/or vicarious trauma. The presenter will provide an overview of skills that develop and/or are missing due to trauma exposure. Participants will have the opportunity to learn strategies to help cope with trauma triggers and learn methods of integrating wellness into healing.
Leslie Hagen Investigation and Prosecution of Non-Fatal Strangulation
(Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice)
Some American Indian/Alaska Native communities experience very high rates of domestic violence, to include serious assaults like strangulation. Strangulation is one of the best predictors for the subsequent homicide of victims of domestic violence. The Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act of 2013 amended the federal assault statute to include a new federal felony: “Assault of a spouse, intimate partner, or dating partner by strangling, suffocating, or attempting to strangle or suffocate.” This session will focus on the successful investigation and prosecution of the nonfatal strangulation case while incorporating a trauma-informed victim response.
Mirtha Beadle Promoting Federal, Tribal, and State Partnerships to Combat the Opioid Crisis
(Sponsored by Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration)
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) elevated tribal communities as a priority in its efforts to combat the opioid crisis and is collaborating with federal partners to address the impact of opioids and other drugs in Indian country. SAMHSA expanded tribal access to opioid resources, including awarding $50,000,000 under the new Tribal Opioid Response grant program in federal fiscal year 2018. SAMHSA is also supporting development of collaborative tribal-state plans for addressing the opioid crisis. This workshop will inform participants about federal efforts to work in harmony with tribes and states on opioid and other substance abuse. The intent of the workshop is to strengthen tribal engagement to ensure that collaborative efforts are meaningful and beneficial to tribal communities.
Eileen West
Roshanda Shoulders
Carlette Randal
Providing for Strong Healthy Children and Families
(Sponsored by Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau)
If a child was placed outside of the home the goal is to return home or to another permanent home such as guardianship or customary adoption. Federal funding is available to help with the placement costs, services, and related administrative expenses for eligible children. New federal legislation allows for additional ways to use federal funding in support of children and their families. The federally funded Capacity Building Center for Tribes can assist tribal child welfare systems through work on policies and procedures, organizational assessments, and other activities. This workshop will provide a broad overview of the funding under Title IV-E; how Title IV-B funding intersects with IV-E; the plan a tribe would need to develop to access the funding; and the technical assistance available.
3:00 − 3:30 pm BREAK  
3:30 − 5:00 pm Workshops B
Joanne Shenandoah Embracing the Voice Within
Since 1986 Dr. Shenandoah has been professionally providing traditional healing to the world through the gift of music. Shenandoah illustrates how music follows the vibration of words that, in turn, heals body and spirit. Her teachings are designed for healthcare workers as well as victims of violence whether they be children, adults, or elders.

Mesquite B
Kim Day
Bonnie Clairmont
Christina Presenti
Working in Harmony to Build a Cross-Jurisdictional Approach to Sexual Assault Using the New SART
(Sponsored by Office on Violence Against Women and Office for Victims of Crime)
Tribal nations are always seeking tools that they can use to develop and build tribal and culturally specific responses to sexual assault based on their unique needs. The newly revised SART toolkit can be a great resource to support those efforts. During this session we will provide an overview and demonstration of the new toolkit.
Mesquite C
Amanda Takes War Bonnett
Carmen O’Leary
Empowering Children in Shelter: Woksape Un Kpazo Pi (We Are Showing It through Wisdom)
(Sponsored by Office on Violence Against Women)
Presenting developed curriculum for advocates to use in domestic violence shelters working with children. Offers culturally based activities developed around safety.
Mesquite D–E
Lenny Hayes Understanding the Impact of Sexual Violence on Boys and Men: How Do We Help?
Often men are the neglected victim of all forms of sexual violence including being abused as a boy. It is frightening to realize how widespread sexual abuse and violence is in our society and yet how strong the denial of it is. The presenter will discuss the impact of sexual abuse against heterosexual and gay men as adults and as children. Most often sexual abuse prevents the individual from having healthy relationships.
Mesquite G–H
Jackie Crow Shoe
Elsie Boudreau
Gathering to Bring Healing: It Is Time
Arctic Winds Healing Winds helped strengthen and support healing within Alaska Native communities with promising outcomes that can be applied to other tribal communities. Including in this work is the use of data, community partnerships, and the voices of youth and families. We will share specific products developed with the support of the Capacity Building Center for Tribes. This session will include active discussion with participants about ways to engage their tribal communities using these Alaska Native values demonstrated. Artic Winds Healing Winds holds the truth that each individual is a leader, that leadership resides in everyone, and therefore, that it can be nourished and developed. The end result of transformational leadership is empowering others to take more initiative, inspiring them to be more committed, and building their self-confidence.
Smoke Tree B
Jeremy Braithwaite
Marilyn Casteel
Bridging Scholarship and Advocacy: A Case Study of Survivorship Storytelling
The purpose of this workshop is to describe the ways in which survivorship storytelling can inform culturally relevant solutions to justice delivery, healing, and cultural resilience of Indigenous persons. Based on a survivorship storytelling study, a researcher and survivor share both the empirical and experiential evidence of resilience of Alaska Native women.
Smoke Tree C
Lawrence King
Charlene Jackson
Tribal Governance and the Courts: Protecting Victims and Fairness
Unlike federal and state governments, there is little “separation of powers” between the branches of some tribal governments. Tribal judges have external ethical constraints that have to be followed to protect victims of crime, due process, and fairness to the parties and the promotion of trust in the tribal judiciary.
Smoke Tree E-D
Chris Chaney
Kristi Naternicola
Utilizing Background Checks to Improve Public Safety in Indian Country
(Sponsored by Federal Bureau of Investigation)
This presentation will discuss the various federal legal authorities that are available to tribal governments to access FBI maintained criminal history record information for the purpose of conducting background checks.
Jolene Holgate
Amber Kanazbah Crotty
Kathleen Finn
Nathaniel Brown
Influencing Policy Solutions: Navajo Nation Human Trafficking White Paper
(Sponsored by Navajo Nation and Casey Family Programs)
The Navajo Nation developed a White Paper to address human trafficking to aid policy makers in strengthening laws against trafficking, promote prevention, and implement victim-centered approaches/programs. The White Paper is a tool to clearly define objectives, challenges, and solutions to bolster protections for victims and to strengthen prosecution.
N. Diane Gout What If Our Normal Meter Is Broken?
Through the sharing of my own stories, attendees will gain a unique insight into the dynamics of finding oneself in an abusive intimate partner relationship. How did we get there? Why do we stay? And, how to reject the shame that we, as victims and survivors, often feel. Attendees will also gain a different perspective about the healing process for victims of physical and sexual trauma.
Kelly Hallman
LeToy Lunderman
Building Girls’ Skills to Cope with Crises Occurring in Indian Country
Protective assets are human capabilities that can help girls better cope with crises, navigate interpersonal relationships, and make future plans. Global evidence shows protective assets lead to greater knowledge, confidence, financial and life-planning skills, stronger social capital, and safer sexual encounters for girls. An evidence-based pilot adaption for Indian country will be described.
Brian Kauffman
Dave Rogers
Angie Walker
Policing in Indian Country: Building Sustainable Public Safety Collaborative Partnerships to Assist Victims in Indian Country
(Sponsored by Bureau of Justice Assistance)
This presentation will explore collaborative partnership development between tribal public safety and state and other essential nontribal agencies. During the presentation, presenters will discuss strategies and approaches that can be used to help victims of crime who encounter tribal public safety agencies. During this session, participants will be encouraged to share their own perspectives on collaboration and partnership development and the challenges they present for victims and tribal policing practices.
Matthew Lysakowsk Training and Technical Assistance for the Blue Alert Program Panel
Sponsored by the Office of Community Oriented Policing Services)
Description to come
Matthew Kenyon Performance Reporting for OJP Grantees
(Sponsored by Office of Justice Programs)
This presentation will provide an overview of performance reporting for the Office of Justice Program grantees. It will cover the Performance Measurement Tool functionality and updates to the performance reporting requirements for grantees.

Thursday, December 6, 2018

8:30 − 10:00 am Workshops C  
Patricia Lenzi
Hedi Bogda
Sherrie Lawson
Rebels and Natives: How Columbine and Other Mass Shooting Survivors Aided a Tribal Community after Tragedy Struck
After a mass shooting at Cedarville Rancheria left four dead, two physically wounded, and all survivors with significant psychological harm, the tiny tribal community was adrift. With no ability to provide support to themselves during recovery, and virtually no support from law enforcement LE partners and local mental health providers, they reached out to a nontribal support group online. The community began connecting with The Rebels Project, a nonprofit support group founded by Columbine High School survivors. Presenters will tell their stories of survival, but emphasis will be on the invaluable support this group has provided to others; will explain their path of the daily struggle of coping with PTSD; make suggestions for providers and first responders; and describe the unique bond of support provided to other survivors of mass violence.
Mesquite B
Art Martinez
Sonja D. Ulrich
The Center for Native Child and Family Resilience: Culturally Engaged Effectiveness of Family Resilience Models
(Sponsored by Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau)
The Center for Native Child and Family Resilience is a Quality Improvement Center initiative of the Children’s Bureau. The center presentation will tell the story of development leading to a tribal voice in the development of culturally engaged care, advancing the promise of cultural models of prevention and the engagement of Indigenous evaluation methods. This center will present important information about its work to develop an evidence- and data-based tool for the development of tribal community-based prevention models of care, intervention, and prevention of child maltreatment.
Mesquite C
Ann Gilmour
Frances Ho
Juan Ambriz
State and Tribal Court Collaboration to Improve Victim Safety
(Sponsored by Judicial Council of California)
Tribal victims of domestic violence face greater risks and challenges when seeking protection. In California, these challenges include the jurisdictional challenges of Public Law 280, lack of tribal resources, and lack of access to law enforcement databases among many others. This session will discuss some of the innovations undertaken at a statewide and local level within the California Court system to improve access to justice for tribal victims of domestic violence.
Mesquite D–E
Jeremy NeVilles-Sorell
Aldo Seoane
Greg Grey Cloud
Helping Men Walk in Balance by Addressing Historical Trauma and Youth Victimization
(Sponsored by Wica Agli)
Our communities cannot be healthy until we address the impact of historical and intergenerational trauma. Native men have long histories of being victims of colonization, boarding schools, and racism that we internalize and then use to perpetrate the same learned violence onto ourselves and our families. However, many victim services providers do not have the capacity to respond to the unique types of victimization and trauma that Native men experience. This workshop will also review the historical traumas experienced by Native men and the normal reactions to trauma by men of color, and will present strategies to enhance healing and supportive services for men of color.
Mesquite G–H
Allison Turkel
Kimberly Woodard
State VOCA Administrators and Tribal Victim Services: Working Together to Ensure Better Outcomes for AI/AN Victims of Crime
The Office for Victims of Crime invites tribal meeting participants to gather with state Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) administrators to provide introductions, discuss any questions related to victim’s assistance and compensation, and discuss gaps and trends.
Smoke Tree A-B
Katherine Trujillo
Dr. Alicia Summers
Nikki Borchardt Campbell
Evaluating Your Program for Effectiveness: Research and Evaluation Tools to Help Meet Your Deliverables and Sustain Your Program
(Sponsored by Bureau of Justice Assistance)
Most tribes, tribal courts, and their various programs related to victim’s services are grant funded—either through private or federal funding. We understand the importance of collecting and evaluating program performance milestones and doing so on a very small budget. This session proposes to discuss culturally sensitive research methods (including community-based participatory research), data collection, and evaluation tools to help your program and court report its effectiveness.
Smoke Tree C
Mirtha Beadle
Leslie Hagen
Eugenia Tyner-Dawson
Tribal Law and Order Act: Developing a Community-Driven Tribal Action Plan
(Sponsored by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, U.S. Department of Justice, and Department of the Interior)
A Tribal Action Plan (TAP) is a critical tool for strategically combatting opioids, alcohol, and other substances of abuse. The Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) includes provisions related to developing TAPs that are comprehensive, community driven, and responsive to local substance abuse and related concerns. This workshop provides information on the TLOA Indian alcohol and substance abuse requirements, clarifies guidelines on developing a TAP, and will engage participants on developing TAPs that collaboratively target substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery as well as justice, safety, and healing for tribal communities.
Smoke Tree E-D
Lauren van Schilfgaarde
Alex Cleghorn
Healing to Wellness Courts: Indigenizing Justice for Healing
(Sponsored by Bureau of Justice Assistance)
Healing to Wellness Courts, also known as tribal drug courts, are nonadversarial, case management-oriented dockets for substance-abusing defendants. They are also reindigenizing tribal justice systems and tribal communities. This workshop will explore how this restorative justice model is being interpreted in Indian country and some challenges impeding their growth.
Suzanne Garcia
Nichole Williamson
Tribal and County Collaboration to Develop a Coordinated Response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
(Sponsored by Department of Health and Human Services, Administration for Children and Families, Children's Bureau)
When Alpine County California developed its response to the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children (CSEC), it included the Washoe Tribe as a full partner. This presentation will discuss the collaborative relationship that was the basis for the work and the process used to cocreate protocols to respond to CSEC.
Chia Halpern Beetso
Kelly Gaines Stoner
Establishing Tribal Domestic Violence Courts and Dockets
(Sponsored by Office on Violence Against Women)
Tribal domestic violence courts and dockets are vital in exercising tribal sovereign judicial authority in a manner that focuses on victim safety, batterer accountability, and healthy families utilizing tribal customs/traditions focusing on health tribal communities. Cases involving domestic violence are among the most complex and dangerous cases that courts may address. Domestic violence cases task judges, court personnel, and all related service providers with handling the complicated dynamics of abuse. This practice-based workshop will focus on establishing a tribal domestic violence court or docket. This workshop will walk through the Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI)  resource “Establishing a Tribal Domestic Violence Court or Docket.” TLPI will also provide copies of the resource to participants.
Dianne Barker-Harrold Compassion Fatigue and Stress Relief for Service Providers in Indian Country
This presentation is to provide information related to trauma, compassion fatigue, vicarious trauma, and stress relief, cultural, and no-cost, high-cost, and low-cost stress-relief activities, and self-tests and life stress tests and has interactive activities. This presentation is one I have presented at Indian Nations Conference for many years and always have a large number of people at them (usually 100 or more).
Sarah Henry
Caroline LaPorte
Protection Orders, Indian Country and Full Faith and Credit
(Sponsored by Office on Violence Against Women)
Protection orders are one way to enhance the safety of Native women experiencing domestic violence and increase offender accountability. This session will provide information on the issuance and enforcement of protection orders, including enforcement of tribal orders outside of Indian country, as well as tribal and state collaboration.
Jessica Andrew Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation General Overview
(Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice)
The Department of Justice (DOJ) Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) is a funding opportunity that combines DOJ’s existing tribal government–specific competitive solicitations into a single solicitation requiring only one application from each tribe or tribal consortium. This approach provides federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia the opportunity to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety and victimization issues in an effort to provide guidance on the CTAS.
10:00 − 10:30 am BREAK  
10:30 − Noon Workshops D  
Columba Quintero Healing the Healer: Integrative Nutrition and Native American Fitness Instruction
Guiding Native American victims of crimes and their families through the healing process is sacred work that requires providers to take care of themselves spiritually, physically, and mentally. This presentation will provide inspirational culturally relevant integrative-nutrition coaching along with fitness instruction that incorporates physical movement/exercise to Native American music/song/dance/language for persons of all fitness levels.
Mesquite B
Arlana Bettelyoun
Ms. Tate Win Means
Mr. Larry Swalley
Caretakers of the Children
Oglala Lakota Children’s Justice Center will provide a program overview of culturally appropriate application and advocacy for children and their nonoffending caretakers. Also provided is the “History of Wakanyeja (Sacred Children): Encompassing from the Point of Trauma throughout Healing.” Utilizing the lessons from our historical past, combined with our traditional and contemporary methods to provide comprehensive holistic advocacy to wakanyeja and their tiospaye (family).
Mesquite C
Rachel Maurice
Luke Madrigal
Tribal Crisis Response Team Development and Cross-Jurisdictional Collaboration
The purpose of this training session is to increase tribal crisis response during a crisis on tribal lands and increase the number of trauma-informed tribal crisis responders. This training offers strategies for addressing the cultural, jurisdictional, and historical complexity of tribal communities.
Mesquite D–E
Judith Kozlowski Listening Session on Elder Abuse
(Sponsored by Elder Justice Initiative)
The Elder Justice Initiative at the US Department of Justice has embarked on a journey to learn how rural and tribal communities experience and respond to elder abuse. This listening session seeks to hear directly from tribal communities about the challenges they face and, importantly, to reveal the strengths exhibited by their communities.
Mesquite G–H
Mike Jackson
Anthony Gastelum
Georgie Gastelum
Mona Evan
Circle Peacemaking: Using Your Tribal Traditional Values for Community Justice and Healing
Kake Circle Peacemaking has been shared  for more than twenty years to those that would like to learn the Traditional Tribal Restorative Justice process. Now tribes, state courts, school districts, metropolitan community restorative justice groups, and universities practice versions of the Kake Circle Peacemaking. Circle Peacemaking’s focus is on the victims to make sure healing begins and they become survivors.
Smoke Tree A–B
N. Diane Gout
Dawn R. Stover
Tribal Victim Services Data Collection Tool
(Sponsored by Native Alliance Against Violence)
Since May 2016 Gray O.A.K., LLC and the Native Alliance Against Violence have been working collaboratively to develop an ACCESS database that will assist tribal domestic violence and sexual assault programs in collecting information required for their federal and state statutory reporting requirements. The database was developed specifically with the needs of tribal programs at the forefront. We piloted the database, soliciting feedback from nearly two dozen tribal domestic violence and sexual assault programs from across the country. In being responsive to the feedback received, the database is comprehensive, and its usefulness extends well beyond ease in addressing the reporting requirements.
Smoke Tree C
Nan Benally
Michelle Parks
Protecting Victims by Use of Enhanced Sentencing under the Tribal Law and Order Act
(Sponsored by Bureau of Justice Assistance)
This session will focus on how tribes can use enhanced sentencing under the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) to ensure more stringent sentencing for domestic violence offenses within their communities to ensure victim safety and offender accountability. To do so, tribes will need to ensure that the applicable TLOA provisions or prerequisites are met and that tribal systems coordinate better with victim advocates to obtain victim cooperation in the commencement and adjudication of domestic violence cases that are subject to enhanced sentencing (habitual offenses, crimes rising to the level of felonies under state or federal law, and violations of protection orders) as well as to ensure effective sentencing with victim insight.
Smoke Tree E-D
Ansley Sherman
Nikki Borchardt Campbell
Ann Miller
Managing Collateral Consequence for Victims of Crime and Their Families
(Sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance)
Collateral consequences are the continuing impacts of being arrested, charged, or convicted of a crime. Where a victim of crime is also arrested or concurrently prosecuted for an offense, the harm and collateral consequences can be severe. This presentation will discuss the most common collateral consequences experienced in tribal communities generally, as well as explore the multiple resources dedicated to helping individuals and families deal with unforeseen issues related to being system involved—specifically presenting holistic, multisystem, and trauma-informed approaches that can help address unintended consequences.
Jenna Novak
Jeri Moomaw
Gwen Packard
SOAR through a Tribal Lens
(Sponsored by Office of Trafficking in Persons)
Many individuals who have experienced trafficking come into contact with healthcare and social service professionals during and after their exploitation but still remain unidentified. The SOAR (Stop Observe Act Respond) training equips professionals with skills to identify, treat, and respond appropriately to human trafficking. By applying a public health approach, SOAR seeks to build the capacity of communities, tribal and otherwise, to identify and respond to the complex needs of individuals who have experienced trafficking and understand the root causes that make individuals, families, and communities vulnerable to trafficking. This is meant for the tribal community as well as people working with tribes.
Eric Parsons Domestic Violence Fatality Review in Rural and Native American Communities
(Sponsored by Office on Violence Against Women)
Montana has served as a model for other states establishing their own domestic violence fatality review teams or reinvigorating existing teams. Recently, the state created a second team, focused on Native American domestic homicide, due to extraordinary rates of domestic homicide in Indian country. Currently, this is the only team of its kind in the nation. The presentation will highlight similarities and differences in domestic violence deaths across a large, western, rural state and Indian country, which includes seven reservations in Montana.
Stephanie Autumn
Co-Presenter TBA
In the Absence of Justice for Victims: Building Indigenous Restorative Practices and Trauma-Informed Approaches for Native Women Survivors in State and Federal Prisons
(Sponsored by American Indian Prison Project Working Group)
The overrepresentation of Native people in the criminal justice system is a nationally underreported injustice. Native women in the United States are one of the fasting-growing and most invisible populations (regarding needs and supports) in state and federal prisons in specific states where there are large Native populations (AK, CA, NM, AZ, ND, SD, MN, WI, OK). The occurrence of traumatic life experiences among incarcerated Native women is significant. Sixty-four to 85 percent of incarcerated Native women have experienced domestic, community, or dating violence, sexual assault, or sex trafficking. Without cultural-based restorative and trauma-informed practices along with community support for incarcerated Native women, the likelihood of recidivism is high. Cultural-based programs can help close the revolving door for Native women from our tribal communities to prison.
Leslie Hagen Conducting Domestic Violence Fatality Reviews in AI/AN Communities
(Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice)
Increasingly, criminal justice professionals and other practitioners involved in domestic violence cases are using domestic violence fatality reviews as a tool that may help reduce the many deaths due to domestic homicide. In a fatality review, community practitioners and service providers identify homicides and suicides resulting from domestic violence, examine the events leading up to the death, identify gaps in service delivery, and improve preventive interventions.
Kimberly Woodard
Kandi Fowler
Shelane Rosales
Increasing Services for Native Victims of Sex Trafficking in Urban Communities: The Project Beacon Experience
Staff from the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) and grantees from OVC’s Project Beacon: Increasing Services for Urban American Indian and Alaska Native Victims of Sex Trafficking Program will discuss developing programs for Native victims of sex trafficking in Albuquerque, NM, Chicago, IL, and Seattle, WA.
Noon − 1:30 pm Luncheon (Optional) East Pool Deck
(Weather Permitting)
  Fully funded by sponsors including Casey Family Programs and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians. No Federal Funds were used to provide this meal.  
Anita Fineday (White Earth Band of Ojibwe)
Managing Director, Indian Child Welfare Program
Casey Family Programs
Jim Clairmont (Sicangu Lakota)
Spiritual Leader
  Braiding Strength, Hope, and Healing Through Music
Chumash Inter-Tribal Bird Singers
1:30 − 3:00 pm Workshops E  
Rachel Carr
Hali McKelvie
Three Systems: A Survivor’s Story of Her Experience within Federal, Tribal, and State Court Systems
(Sponsored by Uniting Three Fires Against Violence—Tribal Coalition)
This workshop will give participants insight into a personal story of abuse and survival, which after a decade led to a federal conviction. Participants will hear Hali’s story from the beginning of her abusive relationship, the incident resulting in a federal conviction, tribal child protective services involvement, and the aftermath. This workshop will be presented by the survivor and the survivor’s former advocate. The workshop highlights the true impacts Native American survivors face and ways that communities can promote healing, safety, and justice.
Mesquite B
Geri Wisner
Karonienhawi Thomas
Matthew West
Building Bridges in Indian Country: Improving the Response to Child Maltreatment in Indian Country
Multidisciplinary teams and the use of Child Advocacy Centers (CACs) are standard protocol for many jurisdictions across the nation, yet very few child abuse cases, much less child victims and their families, are able to fully utilize CAC services in tribal communities. This presentation will explore the challenges faced by Indian country child abuse professionals and discuss a multifaceted, multijurisdictional approach addressing the investigation, prosecution, and healing from child abuse in ways that support tribal traditions and justice.
Mesquite C
Jim Warren
Marnie Dollinger
Juli Ana Grant
Paul Fuentes
Traditional Communities, Traditional Methods: Implementing Community Safety Net Accountability Programs in Indian Country
(Sponsored by U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking)
Community Safety Net Accountability Programs (CSNAP) are designed to enhance efforts of the Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) by increasing monitoring of sex offenders returning to tribal communities. CSNAP may include a variety of efforts tailored to tribal communities with potential to complement existing SORNA programs by providing additional controls over registered sex offenders. This session will provide information on innovative approaches and steps to develop your own programs.              
Mesquite D–E
Lisa Brunner Braiding Global Strengths for Change and the Interconnected Issues of Violence and Trauma
As a 2016 Bush Fellow, Lisa Brunner’s work, “A Collective of Indigenous Community Based Practices” focused on the work other tribes and countries are doing differently to respond to the foreseeable outcomes of our current response to the interconnected issues of violence and trauma. This workshop will share those approaches, specifically with domestic violence, child abuse, and sex trafficking.
Mesquite G–H
Polly Andrews
Phillip (Ossie) Kairaiuak
“Tang’llemni,” The Way We See: Bridging the Gap of Cultural Understanding through an In-Depth Experience of the Cultural Values and Oral Traditions of Alaska Native People
Tang’llemni leads participants through a multimedia and interactive experience of Native perspectives expressed through the traditional values of story, song, and dance. Since ancient days, Native people have expressed purpose and values through rich oral tradition, such as story. This presentation seeks to build awareness, connectivity, and a shared understanding of the values and experiences of Native people, in essence the values that connect us all.
Smoke Tree A–B
Sarah Deer
Rosemary McCombs Maxey
Girl Abducted by Lion: Using Traditional Stories to Support Survivors
Tribal nations have rich traditions that provide lessons and insight when dealing with contemporary problems such as victimization. This workshop will be facilitated by a master/apprentice language learning team that will explore how a Mvskoke story can be reinterpreted to provide insight, comfort, and support to survivors of sexual violence and their families.
Smoke Tree C
Amanda Watson
Guadalupe Lopez
Unlearning What We Were Told: A Resource Manual on Supporting Two Spirit and Native LGBTQ Survivors
(Sponsored by the Office on Violence Against Women)
This presentation will highlight a new tool available to service providers in Indian country on supporting Two Spirit and Native LGBTQ survivors. The session will cover key information about the tool and will give participants a chance to try out some of the activities and strategies provided in the tool.
Smoke Tree E-D
Lauren van Schilfgaarde Indigenous Precedent: Where Is Our Meaningful Access to Tribal Case Law?
(Sponsored by Bureau of Justice Assistance)
Tribal courts are modern expressions of self-determination, operating to resolve disputes, preserve tradition, and interact with federal and state governments. Tribal case law is the robust legal jurisprudence growing in Indian country, representing the tribal lens on modern legal norms. Yet, it remains mostly unknown, hidden away and subsequently villainized. This workshop will detail its importance, overview current resources, and call to action for the need of accessible case law. This workshop will specifically examine how the protection of victims and victims’ rights has been interpreted in tribal forums.
Nicole Matthews Anti-Oppression Work and Decolonizing Our Thinking
(Sponsored by Office on Violence Against Women)
This session will introduce participants to an antioppression framework for viewing sexual and domestic violence. Participants will engage in various activities that help unpack how oppression and colonization contribute to sexual violence in Indian country and will learn how to begin decolonizing the antiviolence movement.
Liz Murphy
Diane Webster
Katie Campbell
Tools and Resources for Helping More Victims through Awareness on the Link between Domestic Violence and Animal Abuse
Mistreating animals is often a warning sign that other family members in the household may not be safe. In this presentation, tools and resources will be shared to recognize, intervene, and report animal abuse to reduce domestic violence, along with strategies to create additional services for human and animal victims.
Kathryn England-Aytes
Melisa Harris
Karonienhawi Thomas
Blood Memory: Understanding the Links between Historical Trauma and Unresolved Grief in Contemporary Native Populations
Historical trauma is the cumulative emotional and psychological wounding over the life span and across generations emanating from massive group trauma. Understanding the critical connections between historical trauma and contemporary Native populations has become increasingly important for those responding to child and family maltreatment in Indian country. This workshop considers culturally competent responses for Native families who have experienced trauma in the context of those historical, cumulative, and collective experiences. We will consider the transmission of trauma across generations and incorporate the strengths and resiliencies gained from generations of survival and adaptation.
Alex Graves Providing Victim-Centered Responses by Law Enforcement
Given a scenario involving a response to a victim of domestic violence, the participants will identify common effective advocate/law enforcement procedures that will support and help victims cope with the immediate trauma of the crime and help victims restore their sense of control over their lives.
Steven Perry Tribal Crime and Justice Data Collection Systems: Developing Information to Support Victims and Reduce Crime
(Sponsored by Bureau of Justice Statistics)
This session will provide an overview of Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) multifaceted approach to improve tribal crime data-collection systems, and it will provide a program update on BJS’s first Census of Tribal Law Enforcement Agencies survey, the pilot test and cognitive interview results, and the next steps. Finally, the presentation will conclude with a summary of some of BJS’s most recent statistical findings from the National Crime Victimization Survey, jails in Indian country survey, and the Federal Justice Statistics Program, as well as an open discussion among the participants regarding the emerging and primary crime and safety issues where the available data is limited, or the future efforts should concentrate the information collections.
3:00 − 3:30 pm BREAK  
3:30 − 5:00 pm Workshops F  
Avis Garcia Vicarious Trauma: Strategies for Resilience
Helpers regularly encounter stories and symptoms of trauma in their roles. There is growing evidence that the impact of directly supporting others through experiences of trauma goes beyond burnout or fatigue. This introductory workshop intended for social service and healthcare professionals, teachers, social workers, and anyone who identifies as a caregiver.
Mesquite B
Geri Wisner
Samantha Fried
Supporting Child Victims and Witnesses Involved with Justice Systems
(Sponsored by Center of Court Innovation)
Children participate in adult-oriented and adult-controlled court systems on a daily basis, many of which are victims or witnesses to trauma and are frequently retraumatized by a justice system that does not always adjust to their needs. This workshop will discuss the needs of child victims and witnesses.
Mesquite C
Alane Breland
Jeffery Harmon
Utilizing the MDT for Investigation and Prosecution of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault in Indian Country: A Trauma-Informed Approach
In Native American communities, rural locations, poverty, and lack of transportation contribute to a dearth of accessible legal and medical services, especially for victims of violent crime. Historical and cultural trauma is perpetuated by modern encumbrances such as voting barriers, land, and water disputes, and lack of access to justice for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault; these challenges are exacerbated if offenders are non-Indian. When a violent crime occurs, ensuring safety and emotional support for the victim and family is as vital as gathering and preserving evidence for trial. Commitment to a trauma-informed, culturally competent, multidisciplinary team (MDT) approach minimizes trauma and promotes education, coordination, and collaboration to ensure an effective response from every department.
Mesquite D–E
Gayle Thom
Marlys Big Eagle
Leaders Building a Victim-Centered Response to Mass Violence
Leaders at all levels will be evaluated in the aftermath of mass violence. History has proven any leader’s success in their handling of the tragedy will be measured by how well victims feel they were treated. To promote safety, justice, and healing, tribal leaders and victim assistance professionals must build partnerships with federal and state agencies, support partnerships between tribes, and network together in collaboration to prepare for a victim-centered, coordinated response to mass violence in our communities. A US Attorney’s Victim Witness Coordinator and a retired FBI Victim Specialist, the trainers’ experience in responding to mass violence in tribal communities and in nontribal incidents provides first-hand insight. This engaging and enjoyable session will provide practical strategies to prepare for an effective victim-centered response to mass violence.
Mesquite G–H
Janelle Chapin
Tamara Truett Jerue
The Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center’s Approach to Collaborating with Tribes to Expand and Enhance Community Response to Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault
(Sponsored by Office on Violence Against Women)
This workshop will explain how the Alaska Native Women’s Resource Center works to Increase our understanding of: domestic violence as Alaska Native Indigenous Peoples; the history of response to domestic violence; how domestic violence affects the victim; the need for village accountability of abusers; and how domestic violence impacts the villages.
Smoke Tree A–B
Samantha Wauls Tribal Resource Tool: Resources for Survivors of Crime and Abuse
The Office for Victims of Crime of the US Department of Justice funded the National Center for Victims of Crime, National Congress of American Indians, and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute to work together and create a web-based tribal resource mapping tool that would link AI/AN victims of crime to tribal victim services anywhere in the country. The project was designed to also help identify gaps in the network of existing services. The project partners have convened several events to seek input from primary stakeholders from tribal communities about the design and content of the tool and populate it with existing victim services. During this session the project team will discuss the current scope of existing services available to AI/AN victims and survivors of crime and abuse.
Smoke Tree C
Diana Faugno Strangulation Protocol for Your Community
(Sponsored by Forensic Registered Nursing Consultants)
Healthcare providers who work with tribal members and children may examine those who disclose that they have been strangled. This may be an acute event that necessitates evaluation in the emergency department or a nonacute disclosure that brings them to a clinic or Child Advocacy Center (CAC). During an acute event it takes less than ten seconds to lose consciousness due to strangulation and death can occur within five minutes. It is paramount that healthcare providers understand the dynamics of strangulation and follow protocols that address treatment and evidence collection. This session will review the published Photo-documentation Protocol and discuss application in the hospital, clinic, or a CAC.
Smoke Tree E-D
Nikki Borchardt Campbell
Adrea Korthase
Trauma-Informed Court Systems
This session will explain what is meant by the phrase trauma-informed courts, provide data about challenges facing tribes, discuss how trauma looks in the court setting, and provide practical ideas about how to incorporate both traditional values and research-based strategies to make tribal court systems not only trauma informed but also trauma responsive.
Stephanie Weldon
Olin Jones
Health Meitner
Humboldt County Child Welfare System Reform: Working to Improve Outcomes for Tribal Children, Families, and Communities
This workshop will highlight Humboldt County’s collaborative implementation of a massive system wide reform to better protect Native American children from abuse and neglect. Humboldt County is home to eight federally recognized tribes. The system reform is related to a stipulated judgement obtained by the California Attorney General’s Office.
Arlene Obrien
Cordelia Clapp
Hallie Bongar-White
Kristie Traver
Empowering Women in Our Communities to Combat Sexual Violence through SAFESTAR: Sexual Assault Forensic Exam, Services, Training, Access, and Resources
(Sponsored by Office on Violence Against Women)
This workshop will discuss how American Indian and Alaska Native communities that lack access to Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners can develop their own effective, culturally relevant healthcare and justice response to sexual violence in their communities through this US Department of Justice, Office on Violence Against Women funded program.
J. Carlos Rivera
Molly Hepker
Self-Help Circles for American Indian and Alaska Native Survivors of Homicide: A Wellbriety Approach
This presentation will provide an overview of the training program that has been developed to incorporate culturally relevant themes and strategies for facilitating self-help circles for American Indian and Alaska Native communities who have lost friends and family due to homicide. We will examine the healing processes that are part of the cultural fabric of many Native American communities. The Wellbriety Movement fosters the acknowledgment and application of local cultural traditions. It also provides resources for emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual healing.
Kim Day
Jennifer Pierce Weeks
Pediatric Strangulation: Is Your Community Prepared to Recognize, Respond, and Protect Child Victims?
(Sponsored by Office on Violence Against Women)
Strangulation is common, yet, there is little training regarding the clinical presentation, complications, and prognosis specific to the children. The child’s ability to disclose history creates additional investigative and prosecution challenges. It is critical that healthcare, investigators, and forensic interviewers recognize the subtle signs and indications of strangulation in children.
Chris Chaney
Kristi Naternicola
Criminal Justice Information Services Tribal Outreach
(Sponsored by Federal Bureau of Investigation)
This presentation will introduce attendees to the FBI Criminal Justice Information Services Division and the services it provides to promote tribal public safety and to aid tribal governments in the administration of criminal justice.
7:00 − 9:30 pm Wiping of Tears Ceremony (Optional)


Friday, December 7, 2018

9:00 − Noon Closing Plenary Session California Ballroom
Sarah Deer (Mvskoke)
Women, Gender, and Sexuality Studies
School of Public Affairs and Administration
University of Kansas
  Kelly Stoner (Cherokee)
Victim Advocacy Legal Specialist
Tribal Law & Policy Institute
  Closing Chair Ceremony Honoring Victims/Survivors of Violence
Jim Clairmont (Sicangu Lakota)
Spiritual Leader
  Honoring/Traveling Song
The Boyz
  Tribal Victim Advocacy Awards
Bonnie HeavyRunner Tribal Victim Advocacy Awards
Presented by Dr. Iris HeavyRunner PrettyPaint (Blackfeet/ Crow) and Aislinn Rioux (Blackfeet/Crow)
  Braiding Strength, Hope, and Healing for the Path Forward
Amber Crotty (Navajo)
Council Delegate
The 23rd Navajo Nation Council
  Closing Comments
Darlene Hutchinson Biehl, Director
Office for Victims of Crime
Office of Justice Programs
U.S. Department of Justice
  The Path Forward – Panel of First Native Women
Abby Abinanti (Yurok)
Chief Judge, Yurok Tribe
First Native American Woman to pass the California Bar Exam.
  Stacy Leeds (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
Vice Chancellor for Economic Development
Dean Emeritus and Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas
First Native American Woman to serve as law school dean.  
  Mary Smith (Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma)
American Bar Association
First Native American Woman to serve as American Bar Association Officer.
  Diane Humetewa (Hopi) - invited
United States District Judge
United States District Court for the District of Arizona
First Native American Woman to serve as U.S. Federal Court Judge and the first Native American Woman to serve as a United States Attorney.
  Valerie Davidson (Yupik) – invited
Lieutenant Governor, Alaska
First Native American/ Alaska Native Woman to serve as Commissioner of Alaska Department of Health and Social Services, firstt Native American/ Alaska Native Woman to serve as a State Lieutenant Governor.
  Closing Invocation
Jim Clairmont (Sicangu Lakota)
Spiritual Leader