2012 NCAI Mid Year Conference

Hotel Information

7th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum

Cultural Events

Exhibitors and Marketplace

Press Registration

Date: Jun 17, 2012 - Jun 20, 2012

Where: Lincoln, Nebraska - Cornhusker Hotel (Marriott) - 333 S 13th St, Lincoln, NE, 68508

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About the Event:

The NCAI Mid Year Conference and 7th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum will be held in Lincoln, Nebraska. Online registration closes June 1, 2012. 

2012 NCAI Mid Year Conference & Marketplace

Watch a video about the Mid Year Conference and the events organized by the Local Planning Committee.

The National Congress of American Indians – the nation’s oldest, largest and most representative national organization of American Indian and Alaska Native tribes will be hosting its 2012 Mid-Year Conference from June 17-20, 2012 in Lincoln, Nebraska.

More than 800 tribal leaders and representatives are expected to attend general assemblies and break-out sessions during the three day conference , which will provide a forum for tribal, federal & state government and business leaders to keep abreast of issues such as: economic development, criminal jurisdiction, violence against women, tax issues, financial literacy, energy development, and homeland security. We are also excited to be highlighting cutting edge research that informs tribal policymaking at the 7th Annual Tribal Leader Scholar Forum.

7th Annual Tribal Leader Scholar Forum
The NCAI Policy Research Center's 7th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum will once again be the focus of the conference's second day, bringing together tribal leaders and citizens with the leading scholars working on tribal issues.

Agenda In Brief

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View a list of federal agency consultations being held at NCAI's Mid Year

Sunday, June 17
8:00 am - 1:00 pm     NCAI Executive Board Meeting
1:00 pm - 4:00 pm     NCAI PRC Advisory Board Meeting
9:00 am - 5:00 pm     Pre-Meeting Sessions
5:00 pm - 10:00 pm   Welcome Reception and Cultural Event Pow Wow

Monday, June 18
8:30 am - 12:00 pm   First General Assembly
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm    Concurrent Breakouts
4:30 pm - 6:00 pm    Full Committee Meetings

Tuesday, June 19
8:30 am - 12:00 pm   Second General Assembly
NCAI's 7th Annual Tribal Leaders Scholar Forum - "A Call to Action: Tribes Using Community-Driven Research to Address Local Priorities"
12:00pm - 1:00 pm    Poster Session
1:30 pm - 4:00 pm     Concurrent Breakouts
4:15 pm - 5:15 pm     Subcommittee Meetings
5:30 pm - 6:30 pm     Full Committee Meetings
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm     Native Vote - Native American Idol Karaoke Competition

Wednesday, June 20
8:30 am - 12:00 pm   Third General Assembly

Host Hotel & Conference Location

The Cornhusker Hotel
333 S 13th St.
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508

For additional assistance or information, please contact Annarae Steele, asteele@ncai.org
Important Hotel Overflow Information:

The Host Hotel is fully booked. The following hotels have limited availability remaining. Act quickly to reserve your spot.

The NCAA Division I Baseball Championship on  June 15-26, is happening in Omaha, NE. It is a World Series of Baseball Game that draws large crowds. 

Overflow Hotel Options:
Please call and book room early, best rates will be available the earlier the room is booked.

Holiday Inn Express

1133 Belmont Avenue(just outside downtown)
(402) 435-0200 
NCAI Rate - $77.00

Lincoln Heights Hotel 
(5-10 minute drive from downtown)

1301 W. Bond Circle 
(402) 474-2080

NCAI Rate - $77.00 

Exercising Our Sovereignty: Using Research to Strengthen Policymaking   

Morning General Assembly Session 

A Call to Action: Tribes Using Community-Driven
Research to Address Local Priorities
The Tuesday morning's general assembly features tribes using research to address community and environmental health. Historically, many researchers came to tribal communities and conducted research that had little benefit to tribal communities and at times, resulted in harm. This session highlights three projects in which tribes actively designed and implemented research to benefit their community within the areas of substance abuse prevention, water quality and rights, and youth suicide prevention. Panelists will provide insights for other tribal communities interested in developing research to address their own needs. 
Tribal Sovereignty and Substance Abuse  
PaperAsking Permission to Come Ashore: The Role of Tribal Sovereignty in the Healing of the Canoe Research Project on Culturally-Relevant Substance Abuse
  • Lisa Rey Thomas, Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute, University of Washington
  • Nigel Lawrence, Suquamish Tribe  
Youth Suicide Prevention: Using Data for Program Development
Paper: Wiconi Ohitika Youth Suicide Prevention Project: Using Data for Program Development
  • Cynthia Lindquist, President, Cankdeska Cikana Community College
  • Cora Whiteman, Project Coordinator, Wiconi Ohitika
  • Pat Conway, Essentia Institute of Rural Health
Making Clean Water a Sovereign Right 
Paper: For as Long as the Grass Shall Grow and the Rivers Shall Flow: Making Clean Water a Sovereign Right
  • Larry Kindness, Apsaalooke Water and Wastewater Authority, Crow Environmental Health Steering Committee
  • John T. Doyle, Apsaalooke Water and Wastewater Authority, Crow Environmental Health Steering Committee 

Lunch Time Poster Session

For the first time, a poster session featuring presenters and projects from various universities will be held with refreshments served during the lunch hour.
  • Education as Tribal and Scientific Capacity Building  Jessica Bardill, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign    
  • Climate Change Politics in Oklahoma: The New Indian Wars  Paulette Blanchard, Haskell Indian Nations University      
  • Applied Research and Capacity Building: The Goals and Experiences in Alaska Native Community, Political, Social, and Environmental Planning with the College of Rural and Community Gordon Pullar, Jenny Bell-Jones, and Kevin Illingworth, University of Alaska Fairbanks, Development at the University of Alaska Fairbanks      
  • In Partnership: New Genetics Research Resource Guide for Tribal Leaders Puneet Chawla Sahota, NCAI Policy Research Center    
  • The Native Comic Book Project Corinna Tordillos, University of Washington   
  • Promoting Entrepreneurship in a Tribal Context: First Innovations Institute Fonda Walters, Arizona State University  

Afternoon Concurrent Breakout Sessions

(For all afternoon sessions, view a full list of panelists by downloading the Mid Year draft agenda)

Protecting Your Community from Harm & Getting Results:  Research Regulation Options for Tribes

Several tribes have established policies, practices, and boards to regulate research to protect the interest of their communities. This session will provide examples from tribes who have established Institutional Review Boards (IRBs), Community Advisory Boards (CABs), research agreements, and university partnerships to assist them in pursuing research that has community benefits, protects their tribal sovereignty, and controls their direction of research occurring on their land and with their citizens.

Assessments to Improve Community & Environmental Health
From how to improve the health of their people, to making sure citizens have clean drinking water, to developing energy infrastructure that creates jobs and fuels the community, tribes are seeking information about what will work best in their community. Tribes are using research and establishing partnerships with universities, the federal government, and other tribes to have a better understanding of what their community is facing and how to better serve their citizens. This session provides examples of how tribes and their partners are assessing community needs and developing infrastructure to serve their citizens. 

Bringing Honor and Strength to Our Elders and Youth through Research
This session will highlight research and programs that are working to better understand the experiences of Native youth and how tribes can work to protect their young people from harm and work together as a community.  This session also explores the challenges with providing care to elders and the cultural considerations of care. 

How Do Indigenous Knowledge, Science, and Language Matter
Indigenous peoples have always developed knowledge and science to guide community planning. Yet there is a long history of Western research that has explored individual aspects of tribal life without regard to cultural context or local ways of knowing, rendering it basically useless to culturally rich tribal communities. This session will explore the ways that Indigenous knowledge, Native science, and Indigenous languages are essential to understanding tribal issues.

Genetics and Tribal Communities: Decision Guide for Tribal Leadership 
For the past two years, the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center has been developing a web-based resource guide about genetics research for American Indian and Alaska Native communities. The goal of this project is to provide Native communities with the tools they need to make their own informed decisions about genetics research. This interactive session will offer an opportunity for tribal leaders and community members to talk with authors of the guide on their contributions as Native scholars in the field of genetics and to have a discussion about genetics in tribal communities. Your feedback is invaluable as NCAI moves forward to release the guide for community use in late 2012. 

(For all afternoon sessions, view a full list of panelists by downloading the Mid Year draft agenda)

Saturday Bus Tour

Saturday, June 16 | 8:00 a.m. - 1TDB

The Local Planning Committee has organized exciting bus tour options for NCAI Mid Year participants on the Saturday before the start of the conference.  

Economic Development Tour of Winnebago Reservation with Lance Morgan

Lunch has been graciously provided by Ho Chunk Inc. Total cost for this tour is $20.00. 
8:00 am     Depart Lincoln
10:30 am    Arrive in Winnebago to Tour Area
                  Tour Locations:
                             - St. Augustine's Mission Tour
                             - Winnebago Public School
                                     - Lunch in Cafeteria
                             - Ho Chunk Renaissance Project
                             - Ho Chunk Inc Headquarter
                             - Woodland Trails  Artist Guild & Ho Chunk Statue Garen
                             - Little Priest Tribal College
3:30 pm     Depart for Lincoln
6:00 pm     Return to Lincoln

Dancers of the Plains Tour to Kearney, NE

There is an added cost of $8.00 for Admission to Archway Show. Total cost, not including food, is $28.00.

8:00 am      Depart Lincoln
10:30 am    Arrive in Kearney at Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA)
11:30 am    Depart MONA for Great Platte River Road Archway
11:45 am - 3:30 pm Events at the Archway (self guided) 
                             - Lunch on your own
                             - Dance Exhibition Grand Entry at 1:00 pm
                             - Tour the Archway Show
                             - Tour the Culture Trail and Living History Exhibits
                             - Visit the Native American Artists and Vendor Booths
3:30 pm     Depart for Lincoln
6:00 pm     Return to Lincoln

For both tours it is recommended that you bring enough money for personal spending at vendors and for food. Each tour will cost $20.00 Admission to help cover the cost of transportation.

Maps will be provided for those that wish to caravan behind the buses by car.

Please RSVP by May 31st by contact Kellcee Baker at kbaker@ncai.org.

Welcome Reception and Cultural PowWow 

Sunday, June 17 | 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. 

A welcome pow-wow and cultural celebration hosted by the local planning committee will be open to the general public and on Sunday night to kick off the event. 

5:00 p.m. - Buffalo Feast
6:00 p.m. - Grand Entry
Host Drum: Omaha White Tail

Indian Center, Inc - William Canby Arena
1100 Military Rd.
Lincoln, Nebraska 68508  

Free bus transportation will be available during the even on ta constant loop from the Cornhusker Hotel to the event site for Conference & Marketplace attendees. 

Sunrise Prayer Ceremony | Tuesday, June 19

6:00 a.m. - 7:00 a.m.

Sunrise Prayer Ceremony commemorating the 2012 National Days of Prayer to Protect Native Sacred Places

Location will be within walking distance from the host hotel.


American Indian Chamber PTAC
Contact Person: Tracy Stanhoff
Booth Number: 25 

American Indian Veterans Memorial Initiative
Contact Person: Stephen Bowers
Booth Number: 31

Central Great Plains Climate Change Education Partnership
University of Nebraska Public Policy Center
Contact Person: Tarik Abdel-Monem
Booth Number: 36

Commercial Vehicle Safety Alliance (CSVA)
Contact Person: Bob Powers
Booth Number: 19

Division of Energy & Minerals Development
Bureau of Indian Affairs
Booth Number: 13

Encompass Architects, p.c.
Contact Person: Tammy Eagle Bull
Booth Number: 22

Extension Risk Management Education
Contact Person: Karen Kuhn
Booth Number: 35

Federal Highway Administration (FWHA)
Contact Person: Eleni Triantafell
Booth Number: 14

Fredericks Peebles & Morgan LLP
Contact Person: Leonika R. Charging
Booth Number: 26

First Council Casino Hotel/Otoe Missouria Tribe
Contact Person: Loriann McClintock
Booth Number: 30 

Handle Information Technologies
Contact Person: Tracey Rosenlund
Booth Number: 20

HCI Distribution
Contact Person: Leisa Guerrero
Booth Numbers: 28 & 29

Hickey Productions
Contact Person: Jack Hickey, Jr.
American Indian Arts & Crafts
Booth Numbers: 45 & 46--Shared

Indian Land Tenure Foundation
Contact Person: Cris Stainbrook
Booth Number: 33

Lahkota (Sioux) Art
Contact Person: Ron Garvais
American Indian Arts & Crafts
(Featured Agenda Cover Artist)
Booth Number: 51

Law Enforcement Online/FBI
Contact Person: Sherry Allen
Booth Number: 18

Martinez Indian Arts
Contact Person: Sally Martinez
American Indian Arts & Crafts
Booth Number: 47 & 46--Shared

National Council of Urban Indian Health
Contact Person: Phillip Roulain
Booth Number: 37

National Indian Programs Training Center
Contact Person: April Gonzalez
Booth Number: 38

National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center
Contact Person: Tara Azure
Booth Number: 32

Native Americans in Philanthropy
Contract Person: Daniel Lemm
Booth Number: 4

Nature Explore
Contact Person: Julie Rose
Booth Number: 23

Nittany Grantworks
Contact Person: Lori Benner
Booth Number: 27 & 40

Pinnacle Bank – Meskwaki Nation
Contact Person: Jody Fank
Booth Number: 21

PureFresh, LLC
Contact Person: Jay Faber
Booth Number: 24

Social Security Administration
Contact Person: Alfredo Padilla
Booth Number: 17

Summer Rain Art
Contact Person: Debbie Lujan
American Indian Arts & Crafts
Booth Number: 49

Talking Leaves
Contact Person: Ron Blankenship
American Indian Arts & Crafts
Booth Number: 43

University of Nebraska at Omaha
Contact Person: Cindy Krafka
Booth Number: 34

US Army Corps of Engineers
Contact Person: Catherine Warren
Omaha Office
Booth Number: 16

US Army Corps of Engineers
Contact Person: G. Paul Cloutier
Portland Office
Booth Number: 15

US Department of Interior – EITI
Contact Person: Saman Hussain
Booth Number: 39