The call for presentations for the 15th National Indian Nations Conference is now closed.

The Office for Victims of Crime and the Tribal Law and Policy Institute are extending this invitation to participate as a presenter at the 15th National Indian Nations Conference.  Workshop presentations should demonstrate methods and strategies to improve safety, as well as promote justice and healing for crime victims through cooperation, and collaboration between Tribal, Federal, State, local and private entities in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

This year's conference theme is, Harnessing our Collective Wisdom: Strengthening the Circle of Safety, Justice and Healing.”

It is anticipated that the conference will include approximately 800 participants and that there will be approximately 60 - 70 workshops. Workshops are 90 minutes and should be highly interactive and relevant to the conference goals, theme and audience. Consulting fees will not be paid to workshop presenters. We may be able to provide limited support by providing limited lodging or travel if presenters request scholarships. 

Selection Criteria for Workshops will include:
  • Relevance to the target audience
  • Fits into 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 demonstrates clear connection to crime victimization
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
Workshops must conform to the Conference Theme "Harnessing Our Collective Wisdom: Strengthening the Circle of Safety, Justice and Healing" and one or more of the Conference Goals (below):
  1. Honoring & Listening to Victim/Survivor Voices: Creating victim-centered/sensitive responses; being inclusive of victim/survivors particularly those from un‐served or underserved populations, including LGBTQ victims; and promoting peer to peer learning opportunities.
  2. Promoting Safety, Justice and Healing: Justice for victims/justice for all; understanding jurisdictional issues; exercising tribal sovereignty to promote safety & justice; highlighting the resiliency of spirituality & healing in tribal communities.
  3. Honoring the Wisdom of the Past: Understanding historical trauma; enlisting tribal elders as keepers of our tribal histories; and embracing traditional teachings.
  4. Promoting Traditional Values: Promoting traditional values and incorporating traditional skills in crime victim services; upholding wellness, mentally, physically, spiritually and emotionally; and framing victim services around tribal traditions.       
  5. Ensuring Safety, Justice & Healing for Seven Generations of Children: Addressing child sexual abuse & education on developing programs for victims; emphasis on victims within the juvenile justice system; support for keeping youth within the community.
  6. Working in Harmony: Building partnerships with federal agencies; supporting partnerships between tribes; education on the importance of networking and working together in collaboration to strengthen services; supporting multi-disciplinary teams; and networking with Native men to address domestic violence & sexual assault.
  7. Supporting and Educating Tribal Leaders: Educating and supporting efforts of tribal leaders to achieve accountability and responsibility to victims of crime.
  8. Sustaining our Legacy: Developing skills and incorporating cultural approaches to enhance sustainability and measurability; increasing the accuracy of victimization research; and developing capacity within victim services.
  9. Healing the Healers: Ensuring safety and support for service providers.
The call for presentations for the 15th National Indian Nations Conference is now closed.

How to Submit a Workshop 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.

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

Primary Presenter Expenses
Please indicate if you require a scholarship to present at this conference.

Is there a time on Thursday December 08 or Friday December 09 that you cannot present your workshop? Workshops start on Thursday December 08 at 1:30 pm and end Friday December 09 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.