Call for Presentations in now closed - thanks to everyone who submitted proposals.

A special invitation is extended to you to participate as a workshop presenter at the 13th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime. Workshop presentations for this conference should demonstrate methods and strategies to improve safety as well as to promote justice for crime victims through cooperation and collaboration between Tribal, Federal, State and private entities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

It is anticipated that the conference will include approximately 750 participants and that there will be approximately 60 workshops. Workshops are 90 minutes and should be highly interactive and relevant to the conference goals, theme and audience described above. Speakers fees will not be paid to workshop presenters. We may be able to provide limited support by providing limited lodging or travel if speakers request scholarships.

Call for Presentations in now closed - thanks to everyone who submitted proposals.

Target Audience
The target audience is all persons interested in honoring victim voices to achieve safety, justice & healing for victims of crime in Indian Country including:

Indian Country Service Providers
(Tribal, State, and Federal):
  • Child Advocates
  • Child Protection Case Workers
  • Social Services
  • Elder Services
  • Victim Advocates
  • Medical Personnel
  • Law Enforcement
  • Prosecutors & Judges
  • Probation/Corrections
  • Substance Abuse Counselors
  • Traditional Healers
  • Tribal Community Members:
    • Tribal Leaders
    • Victims/Survivors of Crime
    • Tribal Elders & Youth
    • Tribal College Faculty & Students
This year's conference theme is, “Strength from Within: Rekindling Tribal Traditions to assist Victims of Crime.”

Workshops must conform to conference goals:
  1. Strength from Within: Rekindling Tribal Traditions to assist Victims/Survivors - Promoting traditional values and incorporating traditional skills in crime victim services; upholding wellness, mentally, physically, spiritually & emotionally; and framing victim services around tribal traditions.
  2. Honoring the Wisdom of the Past - Understanding historical trauma as a way to heal; enlisting tribal elders as keepers of our tribal histories; and embracing traditional teachings.
  3. Honoring and Listening to Victim/Survivor Voices - Creating victim-centered/sensitive responses; being inclusive of victim/survivors - particularly those from un-served, underserved, and other populations - to achieve safety, justice & healing; and promoting peer to peer learning opportunities.
  4. Promoting Safety, Justice and Healing - Justice for victims; justice for all; understanding the various jurisdictional issues particularly those in Public Law 280 states; exercising tribal sovereignty to promote safety and justice for victims; highlighting the resiliency of spirituality and healing in tribal communities; addressing child sexual abuse and education on developing sexual assault programs for victims of child sexual abuse in tribal communities; and including a special emphasis on crime victims within the juvenile justice system and strong support for keeping youth within the community.
  5. Supporting and Educating Tribal Leaders - Educating and supporting efforts of tribal leaders to achieve accountability and responsibility to victims of crime.
  6. Working in Harmony - Building the partnerships with federal agencies; Education on the importance of networking and working together in collaboration to strengthen services such as partnering with technology experts; and networking with Native men to address domestic violence and sexual assault.
  7. Sustaining our Legacy - Developing skills and incorporating cultural approaches to enhance sustainability and measurability; and increasing the accuracy of victimization research.
  8. Healing the Healers - Ensuring safety and support for service providers.
Selection Criteria for Workshops will include:
  • Relevance to Target Audience
  • Fits into General Conference Theme/Goals
  • Presenters Demonstrate Expertise in Working with Native American Communities. (Presenters with limited expertise working with tribal communities are strongly encouraged to collaborate with a co‐presenter who has Indian Country expertise).
  • Encourages Interdisciplinary Coordination and Cooperation
  • Highlights Promising Practices
  • Introduces Innovative Strategies
  • Honors and Supports Victims of Crime
  • Workshop Title indicates clear connection to crime victimization

Call for Presentations in now closed - thanks to everyone who submitted proposals.

How to Submit a Proposal
Please take a few moments and complete this online application form — please be accurate and avoid typographical errors.

Form fields with red asterisks (*) are required fields and cannot remain blank. The application form requests the following information:

Contact Information
Contact information and brief biographical information about primary contact person and of co-presenter(s). The primary contact person receives all correspondence related to the presentation and is responsible for forwarding such information to all other presenters.

Proposed Workshop Title
The title of your session.

Workshop Description
In 50 words or less, describe the theme and purpose of your presentation. This information will be published as received so please carefully proof-read your submission.

Topic Area
Please select a topic or category that best describes your presentation.

Intended Audience
For whom is this workshop intended? Is your intended audience multidisciplinary or is it targeted to a more specific audience such as law enforcement or victim advocates?

Learning Objectives
What will participants gain or learn from your presentation? Be sure that your learning objectives (minimum of 3 objectives are required) are related to the conference goals.

Level of Difficulty

  • Beginner - Participants will have little or no basic information about the topic presented;
  • Intermediate - Participants will have some knowledge and experience about the topic;
  • Advanced - Participants work in the topic area and/or have extensive knowledge of the topic.

Pre-Conference Institutes
Please indicate if you wish to present your session as a Pre-Conference Institute. Pre-Conference Institutes will be held 9:00 am ─ 5:00 pm on Wednesday December 5, 2012. Institute subject matter should be relevant to the conference theme, goals, and audience.

Audio Visual Needs
Indicate any audio visual equipment you will need for your presentation.

Please indicate if you require assistance to present at this conference.

Please indicate if there is any day or time during the conference that you cannot present your workshop. Workshops start on Thursday December 6th at 1:30 pm and end Friday December 7th at 5:00 pm.

Special Needs
Please let us know if you have any special needs so we can insure the workshop room is appropriate for you.

Curriculum Vitae/Resume
Please email a copy of your Curriculum Vitae/Resume as well as those of your co-presenter to: Please be sure to include your workshop title in the subject line of your email.

We may record selected plenary/workshop sessions. By submitting this presentation application, you are agreeing to the release of your rights concerning audio/video recording of your presentation unless you indicate otherwise in writing.