74th Annual Convention & Marketplace

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Date: Oct 15, 2017 - Oct 20, 2017

Where: Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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About the Event:

"We are Strong Nations"
74th Annual Convention & Marketplace
Wisconsin Center
400 W Wisconsin Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203
October 15-20, 2017
Milwaukee, WI
Please note the current registration prices:

Member: $600
Non-member: $675
Youth: $250 (up to age 24)

To register and pay by check for the 74th Annual Convention & Marketplace, please fill out the form and mail with your form of payment. 


Host Hotels:

Hyatt Regency Milwaukee
333 W Kilbourn Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53203
To reserve online click HERE 
or call 1-888-421-1442
Refer to Group Code "G-ACAI"

Hilton Milwaukee City Center
509 W Wisconsin Ave,
Milwaukee, WI 53203
To reserve online click HERE  
or call 1-414-935-5940
Refer to Group Code "NCAI"

For help with hotel information, or to be placed on the hotel waiting list, contact Annarae Steele at asteele@ncai.org. Hotel cut off date is September 22, 2017 for host hotels for group rates. 

Overflow Hotel:

Potawatomi Hotel & Casino (A Tribally owned property)
1721 W. Canal Street, Milwaukee, WI 53233 (Approximately 2 miles from the Wisconsin Center)
For reservations call 1-800-729-7244 (PAYSBIG), be sure to mention the name of group when booking. 
Or book online at www.paysbig.com/hotel and enter the following group code: NCA10142017, to book under the discounted rate. 

The cut-off date for this group rate for this property is extended to Friday, September 29, 2017.  
The group room rate is $139.00 plus taxes. 

View the 74th Annual Draft Agenda!

74th Annual Youth Agenda!

Please use this link to schedule individual meetings with the Acting AS-IA for the Department of the Interior at this link on their webpage:

Sunday, October 15
Federal Recognition Task Force

Large Land Base Tribal Nations Task Force

Native Languages Task Force

Substance Abuse Prevention Task Force

Tribal TANF Task Force

Monday, October 16
2018 Farm Bill: Building the Native Farm Bill Coalition to Defend and Promote Indian Country's Food and Infrastructure Future agenda 

Listening Session with Federal Agencies on Protection of Indigenous Traditional Agenda 

Economic, Finance and Community Development Committee 

Human Resources Committee (Monday and Thursday)

Land and Natural Resources Committee Agenda (Monday - Thursday)

Litigation and Governance Committee (Monday - Thursday)

Veterans Committee (Monday - Wednesday)

Tuesday, October 17
Strengthening Tribal-State Relations and Sovereignty through Education and Training

Identity, Belonging, and Citizenship: Sustaining Our Tribal Nations Agenda

Roundtable on Implementing the Tribal Behavioral Health Agenda in Culturally Relevant Manner

Disabilities and Elders Subcommittee

Economic Development, Finance, and Employment Subcommittee 

Education Subcommittee (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Health Subcommittee (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Housing Subcommittee (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Human Religious and Cultural Concerns Subcommittee (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Indian Child & Family Welfare Subcommittee 

Litigation and Governance Committee (Monday - Thursday)

Public Safety and Justice Subcommittee (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Tax Subcommittee (Tuesday and Wednesday)

elecommuncations Subcommittee (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee Agenda (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Tribal Gaming Subcommittee (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Tribal Homeland Security Emergency Management Agenda (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Veterans Committee (Monday - Thursday)

Eastern Oklahoma Area Caucus Agenda

Great Plains Area Caucus Agenda

Northwest Area Caucus Agenda

Rocky Mountain Area Caucus Agenda

Western Area Caucus Agenda

First Kids 1st: Engaging in the Movement through Community Mapping

Wednesday, October 18
Citizen-Owned Businesses: Key to Building Sustainable Tribal Economies 

Tribal Data Capacity & Research Futures - Governance, Culture and Trust for Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Tribal Sovereignty in Education & US Department of the Interior Bureau of Indian Education

Economic Development, Finance and Employment Subcommittee (Wednesday)

Indian Child & Family Welfare Subcommittee

Litigation and Governance Committee (Monday - Thursday)

Public Safety & Justice Subcommittee

Tribal Gaming Subcommittee (Tuesday and Wednesday)

Veterans Committee (Monday - Wednesday)

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. 

Wisconsin Center
400 W Wisconsin Ave
Milwaukee, WI 53203

Show Hours: Open to the Public!
Monday, October 16: 9:00am - 5:00pm
Tuesday, October 17: 12:00pm - 5:00pm
Wednesday, October 18: 12:00pm - 5:00pm

Move-In/Registration Hours:
Sunday, October 15: 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Monday, October 16: 7:30am - 9:00am

Move-Out Hours:
Wednesday, October 18: 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Indian Arts & Crafts Opportunity, (Not Required)
Tuesday, October 17: 5:00pm - 7:30pm
Thursday, October 19: 8:00am - 5:00pm
Friday, October 20: 8:30am -12:00pm

Booth spaces are limited!

View the Wisconsin Center Floorplan here.  The tradeshow will take place in Exhibit Hall C on the third level across from Registration. 

Frequently asked questions:
Question: Are exhibitors allowed to attend the Convention?
Answer: Convention registration is required to attend all meetings and general assembly which is separate from the Marketplace. There are events that are open to everyone which include Federal Consultations, Federal Listening Sessions, evening receptions (that are listed in the agenda), Health Walk, Prayer Ceremony, Welcome Reception, Cultural Evening, and banquets (for an additional purchase price). 

Question: Are exhibitors able to vote in the NCAI elections?
Answer: Registering for the convention is not the same as participating in the trade show as a vendor. The NCAI Constitution and the vendor contracts are clear that separate registration is required for the convention if you wish to vote in elections. In order to vote in the election, both tribal delegates and Indian individual members must be members in good standing and registered at the convention. For more information please refer to the 2017 Elections Procedural Memo

If you would like to become a vendor at our Marketplace, or for more information contact Amy Gay

Monday, October 16, 2017
Welcome Reception presented by HCN & Husch Blackwell
Location: Harley Davidson Museum
500 West Canal Street
Milwaukee, WI 53203
Phone: (414) 287-2732
Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

This is a networking get together with live entertainment, food and beverage so please join if you can make it. 

Transportation: Shuttle from HCG-WI Dells  
5:45 pm -9:00 pm Wisconsin Center pick up Wells Street 
Drop off the Garage on Canal Street and return

Sponsored by the Ho-Chunk Nation and Husch Blackwell

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
Cultural Night Presented by:
The Indian Community School
Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
Ho-Chunk Nation
Location: Indian Community School
10405 W. St. Martins Road
Franklin, WI 53132
Time: 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Buses for the event will arrive at 4th and Wells St.
starting at 6:00 p.m., and they will depart as soon
as the bus fills. Buses will then return from ICS
back to hotels starting at 9:00 p.m.


Sponsored by:
The Indian Community School

Oneida Nation of Wisconsin

Ho-Chunk Nation


Please use this link to schedule individual meetings with the Acting AS-IA for the Department of the Interior at this link on their webpage:   

This Annual Convention is also an election year! Make sure that your membership is up to date and you are properly credentialed. Below is some important information for elections at NCAI Annual Convention.

2017 Elections Procedural Memo

We are looking forward to having you join us for the 74th Annual Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. To learn more about things to do in the area, click here

Getting Around Milwaukee
Public Transportation

Indigenous Perspective on Things to Do in the Area...

Visit the MIlwaukee Public Museum
Exhibits: A Tribute to Survival, and the Wisconsin Woodlands
The museum has both archaeology and ethnology materials represented in their collection. Learn more about the Milwaukee Public Museum here

Hmong American Peace Academy Onsite Visit
Hmong American Peace Academy (HAPA) provides students with rigorous academics, character development, and Hmong cultural values, preparing them to excel in colleges, universities and careers. HAPA honors tradition, forges new ground and explores innovative ideas. It recognizes past history and looks forward to the journey that lies ahead. It is alive, empathetic, mindful and a servant leader. It builds, mends fences, brings people togethre and creates new avenues towars success. HAPA stands as a beacon of hope and inspiration, always ready to lead the way and guide others. 
RSVP to Nhia Yang at yang.nhia@myhapa.org to schedule an onsite visit. The school phone number is 414.383.4944.

Monday, October 16, 2017 Visit Schedule:
11:00 - Board shuttles to Academy
11:20 - Arrive at Academy
11:30 - Presentation and Lunch
12:30 - Board shuttles back to Conference Center
1:00  - Arrive back to Conference Center