Tribal Leader / Scholar Forum

2019 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 during NCAI's Mid Year Conference.


The 14th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum will be held on Wednesday, June 26, 2019 during the NCAI Mid Year Conference and Marketplace in Reno/Sparks, NV scheduled for June 24-27, 2019. 

- The final Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum agenda is now available!  To register, visit the NCAI Mid Year Conference webpage.

- The Forum includes a plenary session, breakout sessions, and poster sessions.


A Post-Conference Data Institute will also be held on Thursday, June 27, 2019 featuring a training on strengthening tribal-academic research partnerships.

- View the agenda, and flyer with a link to register.


The NCAI Mid Year Conference also features the following two NIH Tribal Consultation Sessions:

Monday, June 24, 2019

9:00 - 11:30 AM  Intellectual Property Rights in Research

- View the Dear Tribal Leader Letter, Framing Letter, Agenda, PowerPoint slides, and background webinar from March 2019

1:30 - 5:00 PM  All of Us Research Program.

- View the Dear Tribal Leader Letter, Framing Letter, Tribal Collaboration Working Group Report, and PowerPoint slides and background webinar from June 3, 2019

- Tribal consultation sessions are open to the public and do not require conference registration.


Hope to see you at the upcoming Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum!


The Call for Presentation Proposals is now closed.  Look for the next Call for Presentation Proposals in October 2019 for the 15th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum.

Questions? Email us at


2018 Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum

Our theme for the 2018 Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum was Lighting the Way: New Paths from Research to Policy. This theme reflects the desire to shed light on future directions for policy in a way that is deeply informed by research and data in the context of tribal cultures and values.

The Forum took place on June 5, 2018 in Kansas City, MO. 



- Pre Conference Data Institute

- Tribal Leader Scholar Forum

- Poster Session

- NCAI Mid Year Conference Final Agenda



Pre Conference Data Institute

Building Tribal Data Capacity and Oversight - Tools and Resources

The Governance of Indigenous Data - Generating a Framework and Principles

Tribal Research Futures: Resources to Strengthen Governance, Trust & Culture in Tribal Academic Research Partnerships


13th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum - General Assembly

NCAI Policy Research Center Update

How Data can make the Native Vote a "Swing Vote"

- Watch this presentation's video recording

Census 2020: Time to Make it Count for Indian Country

Reclaiming our Native Truth through Data


13th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum - Breakout Sessions

1A. Genetic Research: Tribal Strategies to Protect and Benefit

- Tribal Data Sharing and Genetics Policy Development Workshop - Update

1B. Crime & Justice Data for Policy

- Violence Against Women's Act (VAWA) 2013 SDVJ Five Year Report Update

- Effective Use of the National Missing and Unidentified Persons System (NamUS) for Murdered, Missing, and Trafficked Case Resolution for American Indian and Alaska Native People

- The Technology Divide in Indian Country

1C. Community Needs Assessment - Data for Action

- First Kids 1st: Community Asset Mapping

- The National Resource Center on Native American Aging: Identifying our Needs - A Survey of Elders

2A. Tribal Research Oversight - Tribes Taking Action

- Paving a Path: Building Tribal Research Infrastructure through Community Engagement

- A Winding Path: Working to Protect, Use, and Manage Data at the Saginaw Chippewa Indian Tribe of Michigan

2B. Data to Strengthen Tribal Economies

- Community Wealth Building in Indian Country: An innovative economic approach to preserve cultural assets, strengthen local economies, and maintain resilience

- Making HUD 184 Mortgages Work on Trust Lands: Case Studies of Building Assets for Homeownership

- Investing in the Indigeneous Arts Ecology


CLICK HERE for the Call for Proposals and Sample Submission Template.
The 2018 Call for Proposals is now CLOSED; Presenter notifications completed.


2017 Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum

Click here to read the Tribal Leader Scholar Forum Fact Sheet

Click on the session titles below to download agendas and PDFs of the presentations!


For more information about the Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum and how to engage in future gatherings, please contact the Policy Research Center team at Conference proceedings from prior years are archived below.
Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum Archives
The Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum is featured annually at the NCAI Mid Year Conference. Past Forum Themes include: