The NCAI Mid Year Conference and 7th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska. Online registration closes June 1, 2012.
2012 NCAI Mid Year Conference & Marketplace
Watch a video about the Mid Year Conference and the events organized by the Local Planning Committee.
The National Congress of American Indians – the nation’s oldest, largest and most representative national organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes will be hosting its 2012 Mid-Year Conference from June 17-20, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska.
More than 800 tribal leaders and representatives are expected to attend general assemblies and break-out sessions during the three day conference , which will provide a forum for tribal, federal & state government and business leaders to keep abreast of issues such as: economic development, criminal jurisdiction, violence against women, tax issues, financial literacy, energy development, and homeland security. We are also excited to be highlighting cutting edge research that informs tribal policymaking at the 7th Annual Tribal Leader Scholar Forum.
7th Annual Tribal Leader Scholar Forum The NCAI Policy Research Center's 7th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum will once again be the focus of the conference's second day, bringing together tribal leaders and citizens with the leading scholars working on tribal issues.
Lincoln Heights Hotel
(5-10 minute drive from downtown)
1301 W. Bond Circle
NCAI Rate - $77.00
Exercising Our Sovereignty: Using Research to Strengthen Policymaking
Morning General Assembly Session
A Call to Action: Tribes Using Community-Driven
Research to Address Local Priorities
The Tuesday morning's general assembly features tribes using research to address community and environmental health. Historically, many researchers came to tribal communities and conducted research that had little benefit to tribal communities and at times, resulted in harm. This session highlights three projects in which tribes actively designed and implemented research to benefit their community within the areas of substance abuse prevention, water quality and rights, and youth suicide prevention. Panelists will provide insights for other tribal communities interested in developing research to address their own needs.
Tribal Sovereignty and Substance Abuse
Paper: Asking Permission to Come Ashore: The Role of Tribal Sovereignty in the Healing of the Canoe Research Project on Culturally-Relevant Substance Abuse
Lisa Rey Thomas, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington
Nigel Lawrence, Suquamish Tribe
Youth Suicide Prevention: Using Data for Program Development
Paper: Wiconi Ohitika Youth Suicide Prevention Project: Using Data for Program Development
Cynthia Lindquist, President, Cankdeska Cikana Community College
Paper: For as Long as the Grass Shall Grow and the Rivers Shall Flow: Making Clean Water a Sovereign Right
Larry Kindness, Apsaalooke Water and Wastewater Authority, Crow Environmental Health Steering Committee
John T. Doyle, Apsaalooke Water and Wastewater Authority, Crow Environmental Health Steering Committee
Lunch Time Poster Session
For the first time, a poster session featuring presenters and projects from various universities will be held with refreshments served during the lunch hour.
Education as Tribal and Scientific Capacity Building Jessica Bardill, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Climate Change Politics in Oklahoma: The New Indian Wars Paulette Blanchard, Haskell Indian Nations University
Applied Research and Capacity Building: The Goals and Experiences in Alaska Native Community, Political, Social, and Environmental Planning with the College of Rural and Community Gordon Pullar, Jenny Bell-Jones, and Kevin Illingworth, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks
In Partnership: New Genetics Research Resource Guide for Tribal Leaders Puneet Chawla Sahota, NCAI Policy Research Center
The Native Comic Book Project Corinna Tordillos, University of Washington
Promoting Entrepreneurship in a Tribal Context: First Innovations Institute Fonda Walters, Arizona State University
Protecting Your Community from Harm & Getting Results: Research Regulation Options for Tribes
Several tribes have established policies, practices, and boards to regulate research to protect the interest of their communities. This session will provide examples from tribes who have established Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), Community Advisory Boards (CABs), research agreements, and university partnerships to assist them in pursuing research that has community benefits, protects their tribal sovereignty, and controls their direction of research occurring on their land and with their citizens.
Assessments to Improve Community & Environmental Health From how to improve the health of their people, to making sure citizens have clean drinking water, to developing energy infrastructure that creates jobs and fuels the community, tribes are seeking information about what will work best in their community. Tribes are using research and establishing partnerships with universities, the federal government, and other tribes to have a better understanding of what their community is facing and how to better serve their citizens. This session provides examples of how tribes and their partners are assessing community needs and developing infrastructure to serve their citizens.
Bringing Honor and Strength to Our Elders and Youth through Research This session will highlight research and programs that are working to better understand the experiences of Native youth and how tribes can work to protect their young people from harm and work together as a community. This session also explores the challenges with providing care to elders and the cultural considerations of care.
How Do Indigenous Knowledge, Science, and Language Matter Indigenous peoples have always developed knowledge and science to guide community planning. Yet there is a long history of Western research that has explored individual aspects of tribal life without regard to cultural context or local ways of knowing, rendering it basically useless to culturally rich tribal communities. This session will explore the ways that Indigenous knowledge, Native science, and Indigenous languages are essential to understanding tribal issues.
Genetics and Tribal Communities: Decision Guide for Tribal Leadership For the past two years, the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center has been developing a web-based resource guide about genetics research for American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The goal of this project is to provide Native communities with the tools they need to make their own informed decisions about genetics research. This interactive session will offer an opportunity for tribal leaders and community members to talk with authors of the guide on their contributions as Native scholars in the field of genetics and to have a discussion about genetics in tribal communities. Your feedback is invaluable as NCAI moves forward to release the guide for community use in late 2012.
The Local Planning Committee has organized exciting bus tour options for NCAI Mid Year participants on the Saturday before the start of the conference.
Economic Development Tour of Winnebago Reservation with Lance Morgan
Lunch has been graciously provided by Ho Chunk Inc. Total cost for this tour is $20.00.
8:00 am Depart Lincoln
10:30 am Arrive in Winnebago to Tour Area
- St. Augustine's Mission Tour
- Winnebago Public School
- Lunch in Cafeteria
- Ho Chunk Renaissance Project
- Ho Chunk Inc Headquarter
- Woodland Trails Artist Guild & Ho Chunk Statue Garen
- Little Priest Tribal College
3:30 pm Depart for Lincoln
6:00 pm Return to Lincoln
Dancers of the Plains Tour to Kearney, NE
There is an added cost of $8.00 for Admission to Archway Show. Total cost, not including food, is $28.00.
8:00 am Depart Lincoln
10:30 am Arrive in Kearney at Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA)
11:30 am Depart MONA for Great Platte River Road Archway
11:45 am - 3:30 pm Events at the Archway (self guided)
- Lunch on your own
- Dance Exhibition Grand Entry at 1:00 pm
- Tour the Archway Show
- Tour the Culture Trail and Living History Exhibits
- Visit the Native American Artists and Vendor Booths
3:30 pm Depart for Lincoln
6:00 pm Return to Lincoln
For both tours it is recommended that you bring enough money for personal spending at vendors and for food. Each tour will cost $20.00 Admission to help cover the cost of transportation.
Maps will be provided for those that wish to caravan behind the buses by car.