Pre-Conference Institutes

On Tuesday, December 4, 2018, 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 5:00 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 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.
Elton Naswood
Kurt Begaye
Lenny Hayes
Mattee Jim
Victimization Issues within the Two Spirit Community
This pre-conference is designed for services providers to be more responsive and inclusive in providing effective tribal victim services to Two Spirit (2S) and Native Lesbian, Bisexual, Gay, Transgender (LGBT) individuals.This session will include presentations and small group activities on Two Spirit /LGBT victim violence, lived experiences and survival stories, best practices and Two Spirit /LGBT victim resources.​
Mirtha Beadle
Leslie Hagen
Gena Tyner-Dawson
Marilyn J. Bruguier Zimmerman
Aaron Payment
Eric Broderick
Justine Souto
Essentials for Developing a Community-Driven Tribal Action Plan (Agenda) (PowerPoint
(Sponsored by SAMHSA, U.S. Department of the Interior, U.S. Department of Justice)
The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (TLOA) promotes federal and tribal collaboration to reduce the rates of alcohol and substance abuse in tribal communities. An essential component of this collaboration is the development of tribal action plans (TAP) that are comprehensive, community-driven, and target substance abuse prevention, treatment, and recovery as well as justice, safety, and healing for tribal communities. This Institute is an intensive session for individuals who are currently involved in developing a TAP for their community and those who have previously taken TAP training and need a refresher to advance their TAP development efforts. Participants will receive an overview of TLOA provisions regarding TAPs; components of a TAP; establishing and managing a Tribal Coordination Committee; conducting an inventory of the environment, community capacity, and readiness to develop a TAP; developing goals and objectives; and incorporating data and evaluation. The session will also include a presentation from a tribal community that successfully developed and is implementing their TAP as well as information on resources to support TAP development. The Institute is designed for tribal leaders, tribal administrators, traditional healers, health and behavioral health service directors, service providers (i.e., nurses, social workers, psychologists, etc.), health board representatives, tribal court representatives, law enforcement professionals, child welfare professionals, parent group leaders, community members, and others committed to reducing substance abuse and related impacts in their community. The institute is most effective when three or more participants from a community attend together.
Bonnie Clairmont
Kelly Stoner
Sex Trafficking in Indian Country Advocacy Curriculum
(Sponsored by Office on Violence Against Women)
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 utilize a new curriculum that focuses on training tribal advocates on the basics of sex trafficking in Indian country and healing options for victims of sex trafficking.
Virginia Davis
Steve Aycock
Chia Halpern Beetso
Esther Labrado

Violence Against Women Act Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (Morning Session)
(Sponsored by Office on Violence Against Women) (PowerPoint) (Handout)
The morning session of this 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 (SDVCJ). Many tribes that have implemented (or plan on implementing) SDVCJ participate in the Intertribal Technical Assistance Working Group (ITWG) on VAWA Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction. The session will discuss the assistance, guidance and benefits from the ITWG. The session will also address the Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction: Five-Year Report, which summarizes the results of the first five years of tribal government-expanded criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians under the tribal provisions of the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA 2013). The discussion will also include a panel presentation including representatives from tribes that have implemented SDVCJ.
Nan Benally
Michelle Rivard Parks
Implementing Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) Enhanced Sentencing (Afternoon Session)
This afternoon institute will provide a detailed examination of the issues tribes need to address if they are interested in exercising the Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) provisions concerning enhanced sentencing. The discussions will include a panel presentation including representatives from tribes that have implemented TLOA enhanced sentencing. There will also be a discussion regarding the possible collateral civil consequences of implementing felony-type sentencing on voting rights, rights to occupy low-income housing, employment and other rights. The session will also touch come of the unique corrections issues that arise when imposing felony-type sentences.
Lucille Echohawk
Gina Jackson
Sarah Eagle Heart
Foundation Funding (Morning Session)
(Sponsored by Native Americans in Philanthropy)
This morning 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. Facilitators will bring expert views from professional experiences working with foundations, nonprofits and tribes.
Christine Crossland
Allison O’Neal
B.J. Spamer

NamUs: Tools and Resources to Manage and Resolve Missing and Unidentified American Indian and Alaska Native Cases (Afternoon Session)
(Sponsored by National Institute of Justice)
This workshop will provide participants with an overview of the NamUs program, best practices for resolving American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) missing person cases, and an in depth overview of how DNA, dental information, and fingerprints are utilized to resolve missing and unidentified AI/AN cases. Case studies will be provided to illustrate the effective use of the NamUs database and forensic services. A discussion of NIJ research related to missing and unidentified AI/AN persons will also be discussed, and feedback will be solicited from attendees to enhance the datasets within NamUs to better meet the needs of tribal law enforcement and communities. ​​​