Pre-Conference Institutes

On Wednesday, December 7, 2016, special daylong workshops (Pre-Conference Institutes) will be offered prior to the beginning of the conference. This allows you to spend an entire day concentrating in depth on a subject of interest to you. Unless otherwise noted, each pre-conference Institute begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 4:30 pm, with a break at noon for lunch (on your own).

Attendance at the Pre-Conference Institutes is optional and participation is limited based upon space availability. There is no additional charge for Pre-Conference Institutes, but participants must indicate their selection when they Register for the Conference. Attendance is on a first come, first served basis.

Presenter Description Location
Sam English,
Conference Poster Artist
Healing through Art
This session, led by Turtle Mountain Chippewa artist Sam English, will provide cultural communication opportunities and explore American Indian expression at both Tribal and Urban levels about alcohol, drugs and violence and overcoming the pain of victimization. Participants will learn how to expose inner feelings without feeling afraid of criticism through making art. This session will produce a group piece of art to be displayed during the conference. Space is limited to 20 participants from Tribes and 20 non-Tribal (state, federal or private agency) registrants.

Lenny Hayes
Mattee Jim
Kurt Begaye
Victimization Issues within the Native Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender, and Two Spirit Community
This pre-conference is designed for services providers to be more responsive and inclusive of providing effective tribal victim services to Native Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender (LGBT) and Two Spirit (2S) individuals. This session will include presentations and small group activities on LGBT/2S victim violence, policy development and change, best practices and LGBT/2S victim resources.
Leslie A. Hagen
Eric Nation
Stacee Read
Drug Endangered Children: Building a Successful Collaborative Response
Drug endangered children (DEC) are children at risk of suffering physical or emotional harm as a result of illegal drug use, possession, manufacturing, cultivation, or distribution. They may also be children whose caretaker’s substance misuse interferes with the caretaker’s ability to parent and provide a safe and nurturing environment. The primary challenge with illegal substance abuse and DEC is in coordinating the social and political systems charged with preventing, intervening, and treating these cases and developing true collaboration between the practitioners, agencies, and systems involved. This session will discuss relevant federal laws and strategies for developing a successful DEC program.
Learning Center
Kelly Stoner
Virginia Davis
Steve Aycock
Implementing Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) Enhanced Sentencing AND Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) Enhanced Jurisdiction (Afternoon Session) (Agenda) (PowerPoint)
This afternoon institute will provide a detailed examination of the issues tribes need to address if they are interested in exercising the Violence against Women Act (VAWA) 2013 Reauthorization provisions concerning Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction over Non-Indians and the Enhanced Sentencing Provisions of the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA). The discussions will include a panel presentation including representatives from tribes that have implemented one or both provisions.
Bonnie Clairmont
Jim Walters
Melina Healey 

Sex Trafficking in Indian Country (PowerPoint) (Handouts)
Sex trafficking of Native people in the United States is as old as the first European contact and persists widely to this day. Native people, are particularly vulnerable on reservations due to poverty, historic trauma and the increasing spread of fracking and the oil boom. The jurisdictional maze of criminal authority on reservation also contributes to tribes inability to hold sex traffickers accountable. This pre-conference institute will address these problems and will also identify culturally appropriate responses to this problem and healing options for victims of sex trafficking.
Brian Kauffman
Dave Rogers
Kevin Mariano
Emerging Public Safety Issues Facing Collaborative Tribal Justice Efforts (Announcement)
(Sponsored by Bureau of Justice Assistance)
This listening session is designed to be a proactive, comprehensive, experience that fosters information sharing and collection among tribal, state, federal, and local governments. Participants will be asked to provide their insights and perspectives into existing or emerging public safety issues facing tribal public safety efforts. The listening session will be used to increase coordination, communication, and future training initiatives among federal, state, tribal and local governmental agencies. The listening session will integrate and respect rich tribal community values while initiating collaborative partnership efforts.
Melissa Powless Chacon
Lucille Echohawk
Foundation Funding
(Sponsored by Native Americans in Philanthropy)
This Institute will provide philanthropy information and hands-on development strategies to build participants knowledge and understanding for establishing and maintaining winning relationships with foundation funders. Native American facilitators, Melissa Powless Chacon (Oneida) and Lucille Echo Hawk (Pawnee) will bring expert views from professional experiences working with foundations, nonprofits and tribes.
Christine Crossland
Ada Pecos Melton
DeeJay Chino
Brad Myrstol
Panu Lucier
Andrew Merrill
Lauree Morton
Bernie Teba
Twyla Baker-Demaray
Thomasine Heitkamp
Andre Rosay
Steven Hafner
Elizabeth Legerski
Michelle Chino
Christine Duclos
Sarah Scanlan
Rita Martinez

National Institute of Justice Sponsored Research Initiatives in Indian Country and Alaska Native Villages (Handouts)
This all-day workshop will highlight several relevant National Institute of Justice programs and research that can provide a deeper understanding of the issues faced by American Indian and Alaska Native people and communities to help formulate public policies and prevention strategies to decrease the incidence of crimes. Topics include: 1) Community Engagement Strategies for Sensitive Research Studies; 2) Stakeholder Input as Data; 3) Effective Strategies and Tools for Messaging Research Findings to Tribal Communities by Community Members and Stakeholders; 4) Impact of Oil Development on Interpersonal Violence among Members of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation; 5) Impact of Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women and Men; 6) ) Impact of Oil Development on Interpersonal Violence among Members of the Fort Peck Assiniboine and Sioux Tribes; 7) Listening Session on Youth Violence Research; and 8) Tribal Research Stakeholder Guidance.


Smoke Tree 
Jim Warren
C. Kirk Johnson
Lea Geurts 
Paul Fuentes
Chris Lobanov-Rostovsky
Juli Ana Grant
Marnie Dollinger
Planning and Capacity Building in Support of Native American Sex Offender Management
This institute will provide an opportunity for the attendees to strategize their jurisdiction's work on Sex Offender Registration and Notification Act (SORNA) while planning for sex offender risk assessment, treatment, and reentry. Through interactive exercises, attendees will set realistic goals and steps to ensure their projects are responsive to the needs of their community and capitalize on existing reentry and treatment resources.
Smoke Tree