2021 Mid Year Conference



16th Annual Tribal Leader Scholar Forum

Other Meetings


Date: Jun 20, 2021 - Jun 24, 2021

Where: Virtual Event

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About the Event:

June 20-24, 2021


Tribal Leader Scholar Forum Agenda

Youth Agenda

Register online by clicking below, or download the form and mail your form of payment.

Press Registration

2021 Mid Year Conference Wrap-Up Report

At NCAI’s Mid Year Conference, attendees have the opportunity to come together to address issues critical to Indian Country. This year, the conference will occur virtually for the first time, providing tribal leaders and partners with a unique opportunity to discuss and work on the issues facing Tribal Nations directly from their respective homelands.  

In addition to championing issues, our Mid Year conference is home to the 16th Annual Tribal Leaders/ Scholar Forum (TLSF). The purpose of TLSF is to provide researchers, practitioners, community members and others an opportunity to present research and data findings to tribal leaders, policymakers, and tribal citizens.

Registration is now open.

Registration Fees

Early Bird Registration Deadline: May 31, 2021

Register online by clicking below, or download the form and mail your form of payment. Conference registration fees are nonrefundable. 

  Early Regular Late
Youth Registration
Member Fee: $175.00 $250.00 $250.00
Non-Member Fee: $175.00 $250.00 $250.00
Conference Registration
Member Fee: $375.00 $475.00 $475.00
Non-Member Fee: $425.00 $525.00 $525.00



The NCAI Executive Committee has established a reduced registration rate of up to 50% off for tribal nations experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.


To receive the reduced registration rate, please submit a request in writing, on tribal letterhead, and send it to Jamie Gomez at jgomez@ncai.org. If you would like, access template language that can be used for the request.


Please see below the agendas for the week


NCAI Addiction Task Force

Joint NCAI-ITA Transportation Task Force

Budget Task Force


Eastern Oklahoma Regional Caucus                                                           

Great Plains Regional Caucus


Joint Meeting: Taxation and Tribal Gaming Subcommittee

Joint Meeting: Economic Development, Finance & Employment and Housing Subcommittee

Joint Meeting: Education Elders Disability Subcommittee

Joint Meeting: Jurisdiction & Government and Indian Child Welfare Subcommittee

Health Subcommittee

Public Safety and Justice Subcommittee

Technology & Telecommunications Subcommittee

Transportation Subcommittee


Economic, Finance & Community Development Committee

Human Resources Committee

Litigation & Governance Committee

Veterans Committee


Brackeen v. Haaland: Breaking Down the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals En Banc ICWA Decision and the Next Steps to Protect Indian Children and Tribal Sovereignty

Building Tribal Economies: Framing the Strategic Considerations

Juvenile Justice: Innovative Approaches Across Indian Country

Mitigating, Responding, and Recovering from the COVID-19 Pandemic: Accessing FEMA Resources to Protect Tribal Citizens Today

2021 Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum

The NCAI Policy Research Center’s Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum provides an opportunity for researchers, practitioners, community members, and others to present their findings to tribal leaders, policymakers, and tribal members.

The 16th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum is scheduled to be held during the NCAI Mid Year Conference on June 20-24, 2021 as a virtual event.

The Theme is Governance, Trust, and Culture in Research.

The AGENDA is now available here.

NCAI is sharing these other events to assist with attendees schedules, these are not NCAI events and contact information is provided in the descriptions. 

Monday, June 21

4:30p.m. - 7:00p.m.                                                                                     closed to press
Consultation- Implementing recommendations from the 2015 Coordinated Environmental Review Process for tribal housing and related infrastructure 
The Tribal Housing and Related Infrastructure Interagency Task Force is drafting an implementation plan to execute the recommendations from the 2015 Coordinated Environmental Review Process: Final Report and is seeking input and feedback on the plan. Comments and input will be considered before the implementation plan is finalized. The Final Report and draft implementation plan can be found on CodeTalk.

For more information, please contact Danielle Schopp at
Danielle.L.Schopp@hud.gov or (202)402-4442

The call-in details are below and will also be posted on CodeTalk.
Step 1: Dial into the consultation session (you may join 10 minutes early)
Dial-in: 888-251-2949 or 215-861-0694
Access Code: 1817387#

Step 2: Join the consultation session on your computer. Entry Link: https://ems8.intellor.com/login/839039  

Friday, June 25

1:00p.m. - 3:00p.m.                                                                                       closed to press
Tribal Consultation on Tribal General Welfare Exclusion (TGWE) Act
We invite you to attend a tribal consultation relative to the Presidential Memorandum on Tribal Consultation and Strengthening Nation-to-Nation Relationships dated January 26, 2021. The Social Security Administration and the United States Department of the Treasury are seeking your recommendations and feedback on the Tribal General Welfare Exclusions Act. Register in advance for this meeting.

Here is the direct link to the SSA Video Hearings - Introduction Process

Press registration for the 2021 Mid Year Conference is available to members of the media at no cost. Mid Year sessions will begin Monday, June 21, 2021 afternoon and will be held in a virtual setting. The 2021 Mid Year Conference will tackle key issues facing American Indian and Alaska Native communities while providing solutions through legislative and policy planning.

Press must pre-register to attend the NCAI 2021 Mid Year Conference. Credentialed press have access to all plenary and breakout sessions except where noted as “closed to press.”

View the agenda and registration information at
ncai.org. Contact the NCAI Press Office with any questions at ncaipress@ncai.org.