The next National Indian Nations Conference will be held in 2020.
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) has had the honor of coordinating last nine National Indian Nations Conferences ( 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

Unfortunately, TLPI will not be coordinating the next National Indian Nations Conference that is being planned for December 2020. 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.

SaxmanOne, OVC’s Tribal Logistical Contractor, will be coordinating the December 2020 National Indian Nations Conference for OVC. Please direct any December 2020 conference questions to:

SaxmanOne: Tim Cullen, Program Manager; SaxmanOne; 7050 Infantry Ridge Rd; 703-686-2438;; and/or
Office for Victims of Crime: Anne Hamilton, Grant Program Specialist; Office for Victims of Crime; (202) 598-6987;

The Office for Victims of Crime (OVC), Office of Justice Programs, within the U.S. Department of Justice is pleased to announce the 16th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime. The Conference will be held Wednesday, December 5, 2018 through Friday, December 7, 2018, on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians, California, with the theme, "Braiding Strength, Hope, and Healing for the Path Forward." This year's conference is once again coordinated by the Tribal Law and Policy Institute under a grant from OVC. 

The 16th National Indian Nations Conference has been formally approved by the U.S. Department of Justice, however, the Justice Department is unable to fund a working dinner and that event will not occur. There will an optional working luncheon on Thursday December 6th fully funded by non-federal sponsors including Casey Family Programs and San Manuel Band of Mission Indians (No Federal Funds will be used to provide this meal)..

The purpose of the 16th National Indian Nations Conference—the largest U.S. Department of Justice sponsored Indian Nations conference, is to bring together Native American victims, victim advocates, tribal leaders, victim service providers, community volunteers, prosecutors, judicial and law enforcement personnel, family violence and sexual assault specialists, medical providers, social services and mental health personnel, probation/corrections, criminal justice and juvenile justice personnel, as well as federal and state agency representatives to share their knowledge, experiences and ideas for developing programs that serve the unique needs of crime victims in Indian Country. 

This year's conference goals are:

  • 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, disabled victims and youth victims; and promoting peer to peer learning opportunities.
  • 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.
  • Honoring the Wisdom of the Past: Understanding historical trauma; enlisting tribal elders as keepers of our tribal histories; and embracing traditional teachings.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Working in Harmony: Building partnerships with federal and state 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.
  • Supporting and Educating Tribal Leaders: Educating and supporting efforts of tribal leaders to achieve accountability and responsibility to victims of crime.
  • 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.
  • Healing the Healers: Ensuring safety and support for service providers.

Office for Victims of Crime 
The Office for Victims of Crime was established by the Victims of Crime Act of 1984 (VOCA) to serve as the federal government's chief advocate for America's crime victims. OVC administers many formula and discretionary grants for programs designed to benefit crime victims, provides training for diverse professionals who work with crime victims, and develops projects to enhance victim's rights and services. OVC is committed to enhancing the Nation's capacity to assist crime victims and to providing leadership in changing attitudes, policies, and practices to promote justice and healing for all victims of crime. OVC works with national, international, state, military, and tribal victim assistance and criminal justice agencies, as well as other professional organizations, to promote fundamental rights and comprehensive services for crime victims. 

OVC is committed to: 

  • Putting victims first
  • Enacting and enforcing consistent, fundamental rights for crime victims
  • Providing crime victims with access to comprehensive, quality services
  • Integrating crime victims' issues into all levels of the Nation's educational system
  • Supporting, improving, and replicating promising practices in victims' rights and services
  • Ensuring that the voices of crime victims play a central role in the Nation's response to violence
Tribal Law and Policy Institute 
The Tribal Law and Policy Institute (TLPI) is an Indian owned and operated non-profit corporation organized to design and deliver education, research, training, and technical assistance programs which promote the improvement of justice in Indian country and the health, well-being, and culture of Native peoples. TLPI focuses upon collaborative programs that provide critical resources for tribal court systems, victims assistance programs, and others involved in promoting the improvement of justice in Indian country. TLPI seeks to facilitate the sharing of resources so that Indian Nations and tribal justice systems have access to resources that they can adapt to meet the individual needs of their communities.