NCAI 2017 Mid Year Conference & Marketplace

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, please fill out the early bird registration form and submit with your payment postmarked by May 12, 2017 to receive the early bird rate. Online registration is now available!

Early Bird Rates:
Member – $375
Non-Member – $425
Youth – $175

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

Native Education and School Choice 101…register now!

Register today for the Tuesday, May 23, 12pm – 1pm CST, webinar “Native Education and School Choice 101—What Does Local Control Mean for Tribal Leaders and Educators?”

With the new Administration considering school choice as a vehicle for delivery of education, join this webinar intended to prepare tribal leaders to participate in the ongoing dialogue to determine what “Local Control” means for Native students. The webinar will present background and create an opportunity for tribal and educator input into federal policy recommendations on how tribes can gain increased control over education over Native students.

Register Here

After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

NCAI Contact Information: Gwen Salt, Policy Analyst,

TIPS FOR RESEARCHERS: Strengthening Research that Benefits Native Youth

American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth deserve our very best. Although the phrase Native youth may hold different meanings for different audiences, use of the phrase here is meant to indicate AI/AN children and youth from the prenatal period to the age of twenty-four. Youth are a large and growing sector of AI/AN communities, making up 42 percent of the AI/AN population nationally and over 50 percent of the AI/AN population in some states like South Dakota. They are also growing up in contexts that are culturally, economically, environmentally, and technologically different from that of their parents and grandparents. Their notions of health, success, and identity are often distinct from those of other generations.

*Read the rest of the NCAI report here.

Submit your Tribal Leader Scholar Forum Proposal by Feb. 17th!

Read the alert from NCAI!

At the Forum, we foster the open exchange of ideas and collaborative learning. We challenge ourselves, our presenters, and our participants to think beyond the presenter podium to more interactive working spaces — honoring the collective knowledge and memory contained in each organized breakout session.

We are soliciting three types of proposals: 1) Insight Proposals, 2) Concept Proposals, and 3) Poster Proposals.

  • Insight Proposal: Proposals feature insights from a research study, partnership, program or community initiative, or policy effort that has significance to the Forum theme. Selected proposals will be grouped as part of a panel by the NCAI reviewers.
  • Concept Proposal: Beyond soliciting traditional conference proposals, we are also soliciting brief concept papers that raise provocative ideas for community development and lay culture at the foundation. These presentations can propose a new model of federal funding, a new method for building data infrastructure, or a new policy advocacy approach, among others.
  • Poster Proposals: Proposals can highlight completed or ongoing research with significance to the Forum theme. This format is most suitable for students, colleges and universities, and community programs to share information with tribal leaders and citizens on their efforts and programs.

All proposals should be submitted to by Friday, February 17th at 5:00pm (Eastern).

To access our Proposal Template, please visit:

Native Organizations Receive Funding for Native Youth Initiative

First child is first

This initiative – called First Kids 1st: Every Native Child is Sacred – aims to galvanize systems changes in education, health, welfare, and governance to better support Native children and youth. In each of these areas, community-determined and community-driven changes will improve the systems that impact Native youth, allowing them more and better opportunities to achieve their full potential.

View the Native Children’s Policy Agenda: Putting First Kids 1st here:’s%20Policy%20Agenda.pdf

National Congress of American Indians Data Drum Issue Now Available!

June Data Drum

Dr. Nicky Bowman (Mohican/Munsee) presenting her research at the 2015 Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum in St. Paul, Minnesota

Topics within the issue include the following:

Upcoming Events:

  • Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum

Resources and Information:

  • The Census and Tribal Enrollment
  • Trafficking Data
  • Department of Education Releases Civil Rights Data Collection Report
  • Data Sovereignty Network
  • The National Equity Atlas Provides Useful Reports
  • United States Renal Data System: 2015 Annual Data Report
  • First Things First: Children’s Oral Health Report 2016
  • EvalPartner’s Eval Agenda 2020
  • NCAI’s National Science Foundation Project Update and NSF Tribal Data Partners Update
  • Tribal Data Partners – Thoughts from March 9th Call

To read the full issue click here: June Data Drum

Attention Researchers! Check Out These Resources From The National Congress of American Indians

A group of native drummers play a traditional song during a Pow Wow gathering at Mohecan Park in Ohio on Shawnee homelands.

Developing a Community-Based Research Orientation: Resources for Investigators Desiring to Work with American Indian & Alaska Native Communities

Indigenous Knowledge, Ethics, and Research Methods

These resources feature the work of scholars on the nature of Indigenous knowledge and how it matters in the context of research and the design of research methods. They can inform key foundational elements of the paradigm and ethic of conducting research in Native contexts.

Key Research Policies, Protocols, and Ethics Guidelines

These resources include research policies, protocols, and ethics guidelines that have been developed by Indigenous peoples around the world. These resources may help researchers to develop their own frameworks and approaches to building effective research partnerships with American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

Negotiating Research Relationships with Native Communities

Negotiating research partnerships with American Indian and Alaska Native communities is often a long-term process of trust and relationship building. The resources below provide guidance on that process, including navigating tribal research regulations; content outlines and templates for research agreements and policies; and examples of mutually benefiting partnerships between Native communities and researchers.

Click here to access these resources online:

Take a Look Inside the National Congress of American Indians February 2016 Data Drum


In this Issue:
 Revising the Policy for the Protection of Human Subjects in Research
 Census Tribal Consultations
 Tribal Leader Scholar Forum

Check out the full newsletter here: Data Drum Feb 2016

2016 Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum Call for Proposals is now OPEN!

NCAI papers

This year’s Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum will be held on Wednesday, June 29th in Spokane, Washington as a part of the NCAI Mid Year Conference. Cognizant of the one of the primary policy concerns for tribal leaders across the globe, and particularly in the Pacific Northwest, we are seeking proposals that address climate change–both in a specific and broad sense–and that allow us to work together to generate healthy, affirming climates for our precious peoples.

All proposals should be submitted to by Friday, February 19th at 5:00pm (Eastern). Please visit the Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum page and Call for Proposals for templates and more information to guide your submission process. (

National Congress of American Indians Summer 2015 Internship Applications Due March 31st

NCAI is committed to investing in the next generation of leaders to protect and advance tribal sovereignty for generations to come. Young Native leaders are invited to apply for either our internship. The application can be downloaded for initial review here and completed online at this link:

Applications will be accepted until March 31 with decisions made no later than April 30.