The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) is pleased to announce the 17th National Indian Nations: Justice for Victims of Crime Conference is tentatively scheduled for March 22–25, 2022, on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation in California. This conference will focus on the unique needs of American Indian and Alaska Native crime victims and provide training for victim service providers; law enforcement officials; prosecutors; judges; medical and mental health professionals; social workers; and victim advocates at the tribal, federal, state, and local levels. OVC anticipates opening registration later this year. Additional details are available on the conference website, but if you have questions, please email IndianNations2022@saxmanone.com.

The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) has had the honor of coordinating last nine National Indian Nations Conferences (www.OVCINC.org) which address the unique needs of crime victims/survivors in Indian Country. On behalf of the TLPI Board of Directors and TLPI staff, we would like to thank the Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) for sponsoring these important conferences and to thank all of the participants, presenters, scholarship recipients and volunteers that we have been privileged to work with over the course of the last twenty years. Please note that previous conference materials can be found at www.ovcinc.org/prior-conferences.

Unfortunately, TLPI will not be coordinating the next National Indian Nations Conference. This was a difficult decision for TLPI and we came to it reluctantly, after much deliberation. Many factors came into play in our decision. The most crucial factor, however, has been the increasing bureaucratic challenges around the onerous conference approval process, especially the increasing restrictions on food and beverage – aspects of deep importance to bringing Native people together in respectful, healthy, healing and culturally appropriate way. With every conference delivery, we have strived to deliver a better, improved experience for the participants. We have concluded, however, that the increasingly challenging conference approval process substantially limits our ability to even meet (let alone exceed) the high standards set in previous conferences.