This is the bulletin page for the 15th National Indian Nations Conference. When news and new information becomes available on the conference, an announcement will be posted here. Be sure to check back regularly to this page to get our latest updates, or follow us on Facebook for the latest conference information as it becomes available.



Nation Indian Nations Conference Research and Evaluation Listening Sessions: Attention Tribal Leaders, Researchers, Evaluators, Program Personnel, and Tribal Citizens

posted Nov 30, 2016, 12:10 PM by Lou Sgroi

To improve its research and evaluation (R&E) work with tribal communities, the Department’s National Institute of Justice (NIJ) would like to receive feedback to understand the appropriate scope and approach to pursuing two new initiatives. Specifically, NIJ is interested in developing a system to understand the effects of culture-based programs and practices (TP&P), and in creating a tribal investigator development program (TIDP) to enhance tribal R&E capacity. These initiatives would serve to improve the foundation underlying justice systems R&E generally, and R&E with tribal communities specifically. Two listening sessions will be held on Thursday, December 8th. The TIDP session (A8) will be held from 1:30 to 3:00 PM and the TP&P session (B8) will be held from 3:30 to 5:00 PM. Both sessions are being convened in the Smoke Tree D/E conference rooms at the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel. For more information on each initiative, including the types of questions in which we would appreciate your feedback see:

Any questions or input can also be sent to TribalResearch@usdoj.gov



U.S. Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS)

posted Nov 30, 2016, 11:01 AM by Lou Sgroi

U.S. Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS) - The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) is pleased to announce that it is seeking applications for funding to improve public safety and victim services in tribal communities. This solicitation provides federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia an opportunity to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization issues and to apply for funding. DOJ’s existing Tribal Government–specific programs are included in and available through this single Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation. In 2009, based on a series of meetings across the country addressing violent crime in tribal communities, DOJ made the decision to decrease the number of applications tribes and tribal consortia were required to submit to receive grant funds. In 2010, DOJ launched its first ever Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS), which combined DOJ’s existing Tribal Government–specific competitive solicitations into one and thus required only one application from each tribe or tribal consortium. This approach provides federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia the opportunity to develop a comprehensive approach to public safety and victimization issues. 

Over the past seven years, through numerous meetings, tribal written comments, face-to-face tribal consultations, focus groups, and listening sessions—the latest to occur at the DOJ Tribal Consultation on Violence Against Women on December 6, 2016 and the Indian Nations Conference on December 8-10, 2016, on the reservation of the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians—DOJ has continued to further refine CTAS. In addition, DOJ has circulated an assessment tool to tribes each year to gather feedback about their experiences applying for CTAS. The Department of Justice is seeking applications for funding to improve public safety and victim services in tribal communities. This solicitation provides federally recognized tribes and tribal consortia an opportunity to develop a comprehensive and coordinated approach to public safety and victimization issues and to apply for funding. DOJ’s existing Tribal Government–specific programs are included in and available through this single Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation.  Current Closing Date for Applications: February 28, 2017.

Early Bird Rate Extended

posted Sep 6, 2016, 9:04 AM by Lou Sgroi   [ updated Sep 6, 2016, 9:04 AM ]

Early Bird registration and payment has been extended to September 12, 2016.

OJJDP Tribal Grantees

posted Aug 19, 2016, 10:22 AM by Lou Sgroi

The Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) will be holding their Tribal Youth Conference Dec. 5 - 7 in Palm Springs, CA. OJJDP has authorized OJJDP Tribal grantees to attend the 15th National Indian Nations Conference following the Tribal Youth Conference without the need for  additional specific authorization by their OJJDP grant managers. However, grantees should ensure that they have adequate travel and training funds remaining in their budget to cover the additional costs. 

BJA Tribal Grantees

posted Aug 16, 2016, 10:40 AM by Lou Sgroi

The Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) has notified BJA Tribal grantees that they are authorized to attend the 15th National Indian Nations Conference without the need for specific authorization by their BJA grant managers. However they should check with their BJA grant manager to ensure that they have adequate travel and training funds remaining in their budget.

OVW Tribal Government Grantees not required to file a Grant Adjustment to attend 2016 Conference Notice

posted Jul 18, 2016, 6:20 PM by Lou Sgroi

As authorized by Lorraine P. Edmo, Deputy Director for Tribal Affairs, Office on Violence Against Women, OVW is once again not requiring a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) to be cleared by your OVW grant program manager for the 15th National Indian Nations Conference, sponsored by the Office of Victims of Crime (OVC) and co-sponsored by OVW which will be held December 8-10, 2016 www.ovcinc.org on the Agua Caliente Reservation in Coachella Valley, CA. If you are funded with OVW Tribal Governments Program funds, you do not need to submit a GAN for up to FOUR people to be able to attend. Please keep a copy of this notice in your grant file for auditing purposes. 

OVW Tribal Coalitions Program Grantees not required to file a Grant Adjustment to attend 2016 Conference Notice 
As authorized by Lorraine P. Edmo, Deputy Director for Tribal Affairs, Office on Violence Against Women, OVW is once again not requiring a Grant Adjustment Notice (GAN) to be cleared by your OVW grant program manager for the 15th National Indian Nations Conference, sponsored by the Office of Victims of Crime and co-sponsored by OVW which will be held December 8-10, 2016 www.ovcinc.org on the Agua Caliente Reservation in Coachella Valley, CA. If you are funded with OVW Tribal Coalitions Program funds, you do not need to submit a GAN for up to TWO people to be able to attend. Please keep a copy of this notice in your grant file for auditing purposes.

Welcome to the 15th National Indian Nations Conference Web Site

posted Apr 19, 2016, 12:14 PM by Lou Sgroi   [ updated Apr 19, 2016, 12:15 PM ]

We are pleased to announce that we have received preliminary Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) approval for the dates and location of the 15th National Indian Nations Conference: Justice for Victims of Crime. Formal Justice Department conference approval is still pending.

This year's conference goals are:
  1. 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; and promoting peer to peer learning opportunities.
  2. 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.
  3. Honoring the Wisdom of the Past: Understanding historical trauma; enlisting tribal elders as keepers of our tribal histories; and embracing traditional teachings.
  4. 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.       
  5. 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.
  6. Working in Harmony: Building partnerships with federal 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.
  7. Supporting and Educating Tribal Leaders: Educating and supporting efforts of tribal leaders to achieve accountability and responsibility to victims of crime.
  8. 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.
  9. Healing the Healers: Ensuring safety and support for service providers.

2014 Conference Videos

posted Jul 11, 2015, 11:37 AM by Lou Sgroi   [ updated Aug 18, 2016, 9:16 AM ]

















Certificates of Attendance

posted Dec 31, 2014, 10:36 AM by Lou Sgroi

Yesterday (December 30th) we mailed out over 500 Certificates of Attendance to everyone who requested one. If you requested one, it should arrive in the mail in the next few days.

PowerPoints and HandOuts

posted Dec 19, 2014, 6:42 PM by Lou Sgroi

We are now posting PowerPoint presentations and handouts for pre-conference institutes and workshops on our conference Agenda page.


1-10 of 38