2017 Mid Year Conference & Marketplace

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12th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum



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Date: Jun 12, 2017 - Jun 15, 2017

Where: Mohegan Sun, Uncasville, CT

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2017 Mid Year Conference & Marketplace
Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Sun Boulevard
Uncasville, CT 06382
June 12 - 15, 2017

To register for the 2017 Mid Year Conference by check, please fill out the registration form and submit with payment. To register online click here: Online registration.

Standard/Onsite Rates: (After May 12, 2017)
Member - $475
Non-Member - $525
Youth - $250

Thank you to these generous sponsors:

Mohegan Sun
1 Mohegan Blvd
Uncasville, CT 06382

Host Hotel Information:

For phone reservations call: 1(866)708-1340
Please reference the hotel’s assigned code for our group “NCAI17” to receive group discounted rates. 
Or click here for online reservations.

If you are unable to make a reservation at the host hotel and would like to be on the wait list, please contact Lee Lovelace at llovelace@ncai.org with your arrival and departure dates.

Overflow Hotel Information:

Foxwoods Resort Casino
350 Trolley Line Blvd, Mashantucket, CT 06338 (approx. 10 miles from Mohegan by car)

For phone reservations call: (800) 369-9663
Please reference the hotel’s assigned code for our group “NCAI” to receive group discounted rates. 
Or click here for online reservations.
Deadline for discounted rooms is June 5, 2017.

Getting Here:

Bradley International Airport in Hartford, Connecticut*
(approx. 58 miles)

T.F. Green International Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island*
(approx. 60 miles)

Groton-New London Airport in Groton, Connecticut
(approx. 14 miles)

John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York, NY
(approx. 132 miles)

La Guardia International Airport in New York, NY
(approx. 125 miles)

Logan International Airport in Boston, Massachusetts
(approx. 107 miles)

Newark Liberty International Airport in Newark, New Jersey
(approx. 145 miles)

Tweed Airport in New Haven, Connecticut
Tel: 203.466.8833
(approx. 51 miles)

*Shuttles are available between Bradley International Airport and T.F. Green International Airport to Mohegan Sun (shuttle location is outside the Sky Tower main entrance). 

Shuttle Service and Private Car Service are offered to guests of Mohegan Sun. Reservations are accepted 24 hours a day at (888) 320-4577. Required 24 Hour advanced notice to set up reservations with a major credit card for availability.

Airports Served:
Bradley Int’l Airport located in the greater Hartford, CT area
TF Green Airport located in the greater Providence, RI area
**Shuttle Only Operates with Prior Reservations**
Cost: $50.00 per person, plus 20% suggested gratuity

Hours of Operation
From the airports: 7:30AM, 10:30AM, 1:30PM, 4:30PM, 7:30PM & 10:30PM
From the hotel: 6:00AM, 9:00AM, 12:00PM, 3:00PM, 6:00PM & 9:00PM

Youth Agenda

Ways to Engage with the Administration at Mid Year


VAWA Task Force
WIPO IGC Listening Session 
Building Tribal Research & Evaluation Capacity
Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force
Strengthening the Leadership Role and Operation of Tribal Child Welfare Services
Farm Bill
Tribal TANF Task Force 


Envisioning the Future of Indian Education
Where Healing Really Begins: Why Our Mental Health, Well-Being, and Resilience Demands Our Attention
Disabilities and Elders Subcommittee
Economic Development Finance Employment Subcommittee
Education Subcommittee 
Health Subcommittee
Housing Subcommittee 
Human Religious and Cultural Concerns Subcommittee
Indian Child & Family Welfare Subcommittee
Jurisdiction & Tribal Governance Subcommittee
Taxation Subcommittee
Technology & Telecommunications Subcommittee
Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee
Tribal Gaming Subcommittee
Veterans Subcommittee


What is our Economic Base? Mapping Industries and Capital on Tribal Lands
Serving our Students: New Futures for Tribal Education & Policy
Building Tribal Data Infrastructure
Using Data to Sustain Our Shared Natural Resources
Tribal Homeland Security and Emergency Management
Human Resources Committee
Economic, Finance, and Community Development Committee 
Litigation & Governance Committee
Veterans Committee


Sovereign Infrastructure:
Building Our Communities through Our Values

Theme: As we return to the Eastern Region – one of the earliest places of contact – we reflect on the strength and vision it takes to live our values in the face of change and to construct our communities in ways that reflect who we are as peoples. A driving question for this year’s Forum is:

What investments in the built environment, workforce, systems, and networks enable tribal nations to thrive?
How can we use research and data to construct value-based communities and organizations that support the exercise of sovereignty?

We aim to construct a space that fosters the open exchange of ideas and collaborative learning by designing the Forum around breakout dialogues and working sessions. We hope to challenge ourselves, our presenters, and our participants to think beyond the podium to interactive roundtable discussions. Each session will be focused around core questions for panelists and participants to address together. 

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

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

The Marketplace is a wonderful opportunity to shop with top Indian Arts & Crafts vendors, get more information on Federal programs, Tribal Enterprises, and career, education, and health information with the wide variety of vendors. 

Show Hours: Open to the Public!

Show Hours:
Tuesday, June 13 9:00am-5:00pm
Wednesday, June 14 9:00am-5:00pm
*Thursday, June 15 8:00am-12:00pm
*Thursday only for Indian Arts & Crafts vendors

If you would like to become a vendor at our Marketplace please click here to complete our online registration.
For a PDF copy to mail in, please click here.

Vendor Set Up Information:

Move-In for Vendors Only:
Monday, June 12 2:00pm-5:00pm
Tuesday, June 13 7:00am-9:00am

Move Out: Wednesday, June 14 5:00pm-9:00pm

Mohegan Welcome Reception 
Monday, June 12 from 6:00pm to 8:00pm
The Cabaret Theatre at the Mohegan Sun
See flyer for  information and more details. 

Foxwoods Resort Casino's 25th Anniversary Reception 
Tuesday, June 13 from 6:30pm to 9:30pm
High Rollers Luxury Lanes and Lounge located at the Grand Pequot Tower
350 Trolley Line Blvd., Mashantucket, CT
See flyer for shuttle information and more details. 

Mohegan Meet & Greet Reception 
Wednesday, June 14 from 6:30pm to 8:30pm
The Cabaret Theatre at the Mohegan Sun
See flyer for  information and more details.