73rd Annual Convention & Marketplace
Phoenix Convention Center
100 N 3rd St, Phoenix, Arizona 85004 October 9-14, 2016 Phoenix, AZ
Online registration is still open! Please note the current registration prices:
Youth: $250 (up to age 24)
To register and pay by check for the 73rd Annual Convention & Marketplace, please fill out the Onsite Registration Form and bring with you along with your form of payment to the conference. Onsite registration opens Sunday, October 9 at 1:00pm.
Header design courtesy of C. Narcia, GWD, Gila River Indian Community Communications & Public Affairs Office
Hyatt Regency Phoenix 122 N 2nd St
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Please book online or call 1-888-421-1442 and ask for the "National Congress of American Indians" block to reserve a room at the group rate.
Renaissance Phoenix Downtown Hotel 100 N. 1st St. Phoenix, AZ 85004 Please book online or call 1-800-309-8138 and ask for the "National Congress of American Indians" block to reserve a room at the group rate.
September 16, 2016 is the hotel cut-off date for group rates. If you have trouble reserving a sleeping room, please contact Amy Gay to be included on the wait list. Tribally Owned Properties Below are tribally owned properties that are offering discounted rates to attendees. Please note shuttle to the Phoenix Convention Center is not available for the below properties.
WeKoPa Resort and Conference Center 10438 N. Fort McDowell Road Scottsdale, AZ 85264 Room Rate: $119.00 plus tax Please call 480.789.5300 and mention National Congress of American Indians or reserve here. 35 minute drive to the Phoenix Convention Center
Wild Horse Pass Hotel & Casino
5040 W. Wild Horse Pass Blvd.
Chandler, AZ 85226
Room Rate: $169.00 plus tax
Please call 520.796.4900 and mention National Congress of American Indians.
25 - 30 minute drive to the Phoenix Convention Center
Below are tribally owned properties in the area. Courtyard Scottsdale Salt River
5201 North Pima Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85250
25 - 30 minute drive to the Phoenix Convention Center
Hampton Inn & Suites Scottsdale/Riverwalk
9550 East Talking Stick Way
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
480.270.5393 25 - 30 minute drive to the Phoenix Convention Center
Talking Stick Resort
9800 E. Indian Road
Scottsdale, AZ 85256
480.850.7777 25 - 30 minute drive to the Phoenix Convention Center
NCAI is co-sponsoring a full-day National Tribal Water Summit on October 9 from 9:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. to begin the 2016 NCAI Annual Convention and Marketplace in Phoenix, Arizona.
The Summit will feature panels on: New Frontiers in Indian Water Rights Litigation and Protection; Water Rights Implementation and Economic Development; Protecting Tribal Water Quality; Climate and Drought Impacts On Indian Country's Water Resources; and Developing an Action Plan for Furthering Tribal Water Rights. There will also be a Keynote Lunch Address on Indian water rights settlement policy and Indian water settlement agreements.
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: Monday, October 10th Noon - 5:00pm
Tuesday, October 11th through Thursday, October 13th from 9:00am-5:00pm each day
Indian Arts & Crafts Only: Friday, October 14th from 8:30am to Noon
If you would like to become a vendor at our Marketplace please click here.
Vendor Set Up Information: Move-In for Vendors Only: Monday, October 10th from 7:00AM-Noon Move Out: Thursday, October 13th from 5:00pm - 8:00pm
Cultural Night Hosted by the Gila River Indian Community
Rawhide Western Town and Event Center 5700 West North Loop Road, Chandler, AZ 85226 Wednesday, October 12, 2016 6:00pm to 11:00pm For directions click here Click the flyer below for more information:
Native American Rock Opera Something Inside is Broken
Herberger Theater Center
222 E Monroe St, Phoenix, AZ 85004 October 10 - 11, 2016 2:00 pm and 7:00pm Click the flyer below for more information:
* NCAI assists in meeting space for Consultations and Listening Sessions during the Annual Convention as a benefit to all tribes. These sessions do not require NCAI registration.
Sunday, October 9
Interagency Native American Languages Dialogue workshop at ATALM & NCAI Native Languages Task Force* 1:00pm - 4:00pm Phoenix Convention Center Room 101 C Attend a dialogue with the Administration for Native Americans (ANA), the Bureau of Indian Education (BIE), and the White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education (WHIAIANE) to discuss progress made to date in better coordination across federal programs and removing barriers to accessing federal resources, as specified under the Native American Languages Memorandum of Agreement, signed in November of 2012. The three agencies will also highlight a recently issued Native American Languages Progress Report (expected publication September 2016). This report will include guidance for how federal agencies can further improve and support goals of the Native American Language Act. After the Interagency Native American Languages Dialogue Pre-session workshop, the NCAI Native Languages Task Force will meet to discuss Native American Language Prevention from tribal leader’s perspective.
National Institutes of Health Annual Tribal Consultation* Phoenix Convention Center Room 102C 1:00pm – 3:30pm The National Institutes of Health (NIH) will host a tribal consultation session to hear feedback from tribal leaders on tribal priorities related to environmental health and mental health. The NIH mission, primarily achieved through research, research training and the dissemination of research findings, is to seek fundamental knowledge about the nature and behavior of living systems and to apply that knowledge to enhance health, lengthen life, and reduce illness and disability. The NIH will provide brief presentations on select programs and policies during the consultation and then will solicit input on each topic. There will also be time for an open discussion in which all relevant topics can be considered. For more information, please contact Robin Kawazoe at NIHTribalCommittee@od.nih.gov.
Indian Health Service Consultations* Room 102 A 1:00-2:00Catastrophic Health Emergency Fund Consultation 2:15-3:30Community Health Aide Program Consultation 3:45-5:00Tribal Premium Sponsorship DOI Water Consultation*
Room 104AB 4:00pm-6:00pm The Department of Interior will host consultation sessions to obtain the tribes’ perspectives on the current process of negotiation and reviewing Indian water rights settlements and potential improvements to the process. For more information contact Martin Von Gnechten at Martin_vonGnechten@ios.doi.gov.
Monday, October 10
Listening Session: BIE Teacher Equity Plan* Phoenix Convention Center Room 105A 12:00pm - 1:00pm BIE seeks input on how to implement strategies and activities in response to the Department of Education’s requirement to assure that all students have access to qualified and effective educators.
Tuesday, October 11
Listening Session on Tribal Input* Phoenix Convention Center Room 301 C/D 6:00pm – 8:00pm DOI, DOJ, and Army are hosting a listening session on how the Federal Government can better account for and integrate tribal views on future infrastructure decisions throughout the country.
Wednesday, October 12
Consultation on Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) State Plan* Phoenix Convention Center Room 101 A/B 6:00pm -8:00pm The BIE invites tribal leaders and educators to participate in a consultation on development of its State plan as required by the Every Student Succeeds (ESSA) Act. In its State plan, BIE will describe how it will implement ESSA, get a comprehensive picture of school success, provide support for struggling schools, offer better data for parents and communities, develop a streamlined school improvement plan, and promulgate regulations for implementation of a new accountability system. The BIE is seeking input on all components of the new State plan other than the new BIE accountability system, which will be developed via negotiated rulemaking.