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 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,
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.
Christine Crossland
Joetta Cajero-Keevama
Michelle Chino
Michelle DeWitt
Joseph Masters
Ada Pecos Melton
Lauree Morton
Elizabeth Pecos
Carolyn Peter
Melissa Riley
André Rosay
Eileen Shendo
Katherine TePas
Partnering to Conduct Research in Tribal Communities
(Sponsored by the National Institute of Justice)
(Morning Session) Research partnerships require working with key stakeholders to ensure the research is meaningful and respectful of tribal communities from planning to implementation to dissemination of findings. This half-day Institute will highlight lessons learned from recent victimization studies conducted in Alaska and the lower-48 and the role partnerships played in the process.
Chino A
Steven W. Perry Tribal Justice Data and Research
(Sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Statistics)
(Afternoon Session) This half-day Institute will provide tribal leaders, tribal court professionals, and researchers an overview of the development and implementation of the 2012 National Survey of Tribal Court Systems (NSTCS). The NSTCS-12 will gather administrative and operational information about tribal court systems, including, but not limited to data on staffing, budget resources, type of courts, caseloads, access to justice databases and sex offender registration, criminal and civil codes, prosecutors, indigent defense providers, sanctions and sentencing, and treatment programs. All tribal courts in the U.S. will be contacted for participation in this important study.
Chino A
Dianne Barker Harrold
Susanne Breedlove
Darrell R. Dowty
Terrence Shanigan  
Gayle Thom
Meeting the Needs of Homicide Victim Survivors
Responding to homicide requires immediate and multi-faceted action, and often includes additional issues unique to Indian country. In four 90-minute segments, these homicide issues will be addressed including initial response, investigations, death notifications, prosecution and jurisdictional issues, challenges for law enforcement, prosecution and advocates, and working with families and survivors of homicide victims. The roles of state, tribal, and federal prosecutors, law enforcement, tribal judges, and advocates will all be addressed.
Chino B
Lauren Frinkman
Ira Chasnoff
Joseph Flies Away
Carrie Garrow
Donna Humetewa
Charlene Jackson
Lawrence Lujan
Tribal Healing to Wellness Court Enhancement Training
(Sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance)
Tribal Healing to Wellness Courts have emerged as a model alternative to incarceration and as a non-adversarial tool against the debilitating effects of alcohol and drugs in Indian country. This Institute will provide tools for already-implemented Tribal Wellness Courts seeking to progress their court to higher levels of sophistication and sustainability. Training topics will include team communication, screening and eligibility, legal issues, editing policies and procedures and participant handbooks, case management, judicial interaction, collaboration, and process evaluation. Note: To register only to attend this Enhancement Training, please email Lauren Frinkman at lauren@tlpi.org. (View Agenda)  (PowerPoints and HandOuts)
Pueblo A
Leslie Hagen
Lori Moriarty
Drug Endangered Children: Building a Successful Collaborative Response
Drug endangered children (DEC) are children who are 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. This session will discuss relevant federal laws and strategies for developing a successful DEC program. The session will (1) Describe how the criminal investigation is a critical point for identifying and responding to the needs of drug endangered children; (2) Summarize the basic workings of the criminal justice system; (3) Describe how the criminal justice system can align with the child welfare system; and (4) Explain how a good handoff between agencies, followed by lasting efforts by ALL professionals, is critical to track and reduce potential harm to children.
Pueblo B
Maureen White Eagle
Heather Valdez Singleton
Kathy Spurgin
Judge William Thorne
Strengthening Tribal-State Court Collaborations
(Sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance)
(Morning Session) Developing relationships across jurisdictional boundaries is fraught with challenges, and State and Tribal Courts must work with each other. This Institute will be a half day session – the morning session will be a working group of active forums and collaborations that will share best practices and challenges to sustaining a forum. This session is open to the public for participants that want to hear more about the challenges and successes of tribal-state collaborations. (HandOut)
Chia Halpern
Marnie Hodahkwen
M. Brent Leonhard
Thomas Murphy
LeRoy Shingoitewa (invited)
Melissa Tatum
Tribal Law and Order Act (TLOA) Enhanced Tribal Sentencing Authority
(Sponsored by the Bureau of Justice Assistance)
(Afternoon Session) The Tribal Law and Order Act of 2010 (TLOA), in response to a crippling need to respond to crime in Indian country, expanded tribal sentencing authority for convicted offenders from one year to three years of incarceration. However, this expansion included complex conditions aimed to ensure a westernized-notion of due process that go beyond the Indian Civil Rights Act. This Institute will discuss the motivations behind enacting TLOA, the opportunities and challenges of implementing its authorized enhanced sentencing authority, and how tribes are currently reacting to TLOA. (PowerPoint) (PowerPoint) (PowerPoint) (PowerPoint)
Stanley Pryor
Danette Buskovick
Beth Holger-Ambrose
Suzanne Tibbetts-Young
Anti-Human Trafficking Training for Tribal Service Providers in  Indian Country
This session will provide participants with a background on the problem of human trafficking, provide definitions of human trafficking from a federal perspective, distinguish between human smuggling and human trafficking, and identify the "red flags" associated with recognizing human trafficking victims in Indian Country. (HandOut) (HandOut) (HandOut) (HandOut)
Carly Hare
Michelle Chino
Beckie Murdock
Grant Writing and Sustainability
This Institute will provide hands-on information and resources to enhance the grant writing skills of current grantees and potential applicants for Office of Justice Programs Grants, as well as the recipients of other governmental grants and private foundations. It will also provide practical information and resources concerning program sustainability. Federal Grant Writing will be the focus in the morning session and Foundation Grant Writing will be the focus in the afternoon session. (PowerPoint) (PowerPoint) (HandOut)




Lou Sgroi,
Nov 16, 2012, 9:51 AM