2015 Mid Year Conference & Marketplace

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Date: Jun 28, 2015 - Jul 1, 2015

Where: St. Paul, Minnesota

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About the Event:

St. Paul, Minnesota
June 28 - July 1, 2015

Artwork Provided By:

Margaret Waukechon is a 23 year old Anishinabe woman from Lac du Flambeau, Wisconsin. She is a full time student enrolled at the Institute of American Indian Arts in Sante Fe, New Mexico for her BFA with a focus in painting.

Draft Agenda now available!

Press Registration
Click here if you would like to register as a credentialed member of the press. 

Resolutions Online
Click here to review the draft list of resolutions received by NCAI. 

Conference Location: 
St. Paul RiverCentre
175 W. Kellogg Blvd 
St. Paul, MN 55102

NCAI Event Housing/Hotel Policy

NCAI works directly with hotel properties to secure the best available rate for conference attendees. When a host hotel is selected the room block information will be posted on the events webpage and shared via event broadcast emails for all attendees. It is NCAI’s policy to not share any attendee information with the hotels or third party housing companies; no one associated with the conference will contact an individual attendee regarding hotel accommodations.

Please make your room reservations directly with the hotel using information posted on the NCAI events webpage or sent out via official NCAI event broadcast.

Host Hotel:
Crowne Plaza St. Paul - Riverfront
11 Kellogg Blvd E
St. Paul, MN  55101
Discounted rate is sold out! Please contact Amy Gay to be included on the waitlist.
Location: 3 blocks (11 minute walk) from St. Paul RiverCentre

NEW: Overflow Hotel:
The Saint Paul Hotel
350 Market Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Room Rate: $135
To receive the group block, contact the hotel at 1-800-292-9292 or click here and select group/block from the special rates list to include code: 150628NCA. Group rate is available June 28 - July 2.
Location: Approximately 2 blocks from St. Paul RiverCentre

Holiday Inn St. Paul Downtown
175 West 7th Street
St. Paul, MN 55102
Room Rate: $135.00
To make your reservation, contact the hotel at 1-651-225-1515 and request the government per diem.
Location: Approximately 2 blocks from St. Paul RiverCentre

Doubletree by Hilton Hotel St. Paul
411 Minnesota Street
St. Paul, MN  55101
Discounted rate is sold out!
Contact the hotel at 1-651-605-6973 for the best available rate.
Location: Approximately 7 blocks (14 minute walk) from St. Paul RiverCentre

Getting Around:
Ground Transportation from the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport.
Light Rail Transit (Metro Transit) will take you from the Minneapolis St. Paul International Airport to downtown St. Paul, Mall of America and other locations.

Fares from the Minneapolis Airport:
The distance to downtown St. Paul is approximately 8 miles and fares average $31 - $38.

For dining options near the conference area, 
click hereFor a map of the downtown area, click here.

View our Agenda in Brief

View our Draft Agenda!

Pre-Meeting Draft Agendas

2015 Dental Health Aide Therapist Update
Department of Education Consultation

Department of Housing and Urban Development Consultation
Federal Recognition Task Force 
Native Languages Task Force
Tribal TANF/Workforce Development Working Group
Trust Modernization: Reforming the United States' Nation-to-Nation Trust Relationship and Indian Trust Asset Management
Trust Modernization: Conversation with the Office of the Special Trustee and Land Buy-Back Program on the Future of Indian Trust Asset Management
NCAI Policy Research Center Partner’s Roundtable: Data Matters

Break Out Session Draft Agendas
Connecting Across Distance & Difference: Tribal Citizenship in a New Era
Data Speaks for Justice
ICWA and Juvenile Justice: Empowering Tribes in the Fight for our Children
Marijuana and Tax Policy Agenda
Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum Poster Session
Tribal Communities Responding: Shaping an Agenda for Resilience 
Tribal-State Relations for the 21st Century 
Planning for Success: Next Steps to Further Tribally-Driven Land and Economic Planning 
Pursuing Digital Sovereignty: Removing Barriers and Achieving Success
We Have Always Been Scientists: Future Leaders, Future Environments 
Work Force Development: Building the Human Capacity to Rebuild Tribal Nations

Committee and Subcommittee Agendas
2015 Mid Year Committee and Subcommittee Agenda Packet

Side Meeting Agendas

Listening Session on Homelessness in Indian Country
Public Scoping Session: Developing a Versatile Juvenile Code for Indian Country

The 10
th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum will be held on June 30th, 2015, at NCAI’s Mid Year Convention. The theme is “Back to Our Futures: Re-searching for Justice”.

To honor the 10th anniversary of the Forum, we will explore how our communities can draw from our cultural wisdom and research to build a more just vision for our futures—a vision that modernizes the trust relationship, engages traditional ecological knowledge, advances restorative justice, and so forth.

The Forum will also feature a Poster Session highlighting student research.

Click here for more information on our Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum.

If you would like to become a vendor at our Marketplace please click here.

Volunteer with NCAI
Interested in volunteering with NCAI? Please view our volunteer needs. Contact Amy Gay for more information and to sign-up.

NCAI is excited to host the 2015 Mid Year Conference & Marketplace in Saint Paul, MN!

To learn more about the tribes in the region, visit the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes.

Things to do in Saint Paul
Take advantage of your time in Saint Paul and plan to stay awhile. View the local attractions or visit the Convention & Visitors Bureau.  There will be jazz festival this weekend if you have some time.


Nice Ride MN
Explore St. Paul by bike! Nice Ride is a non-profit bike sharing system, and anyone can become a member. Simply take a bike when you need one, and return it to any station in the system when you arrive at your destination!

Minneapolis Institute of Art
Tour the Minneapolis Institute of Art and visit Gallery 255 which holds many Native American items. For more information click here or contact Everett Bad Wound at 612-245-6789.