COVID-19 Regional Tribal Town Hall Convenings

In December 2020, NCAI President Fawn Sharp created the COVID-19 Response and Recovery Task Force (Task Force) to address: (1) tribal COVID-19 relief needs; (2) tribal COVID-19 recovery needs; and (3) the chronic conditions that created the public health and economic circumstances making Tribal Nations and citizens vulnerable to this crisis. This Task Force is chaired by Chairman Larry Wright of the Ponca Tribe of Nebraska. 

It is important that the Task Force and its members hear from all Tribal Nations on how COVID-19 has impacted their communities and the needs tribal leaders have to respond and recover from the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, NCAI and partner organizations have scheduled the following regional online convenings to gather tribal leader input in a town hall setting. During these meetings, tribal leaders will be asked to share the resources they require to address immediate COVID-19 relief and recovery; the status of vaccine distribution within their Tribal Nation; and other related items in response of the COVID-19 pandemic and new administration. 

We encourage tribal leaders to sign up for their respected regional convening listed below. Additional details will be released soon. 

*Please note that Daylight Saving Time begins on March 14, 2021, remember to turn your clocks ahead one hour.

Northwest Regional Convening Date: Wednesday, March 10, 2021Time: 6:00 – 7:00 p.m. ET (3:00 – 4:00 p.m. PT)
This convening is being co-hosted with the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians

NICWA 39th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference

Our 39th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference season is well underway. We are excited to announce that this year, to do our part in protecting communities, we are having a fully virtual conference. With over 1,400 attendees, and growing every year, this four-day conference has become the premier national event addressing tribal child welfare and well-being. Keynote speakers range from tribes sharing best practices and lessons learned to youth with lived experience in child welfare systems.

NICWA provides meaningful programming to conference attendees and creates a space where participants can learn about the latest developments and best practices from experts in the field and from one another. Participants represent a cross-section of experience and interests including child welfare, mental health, and juvenile justice service providers; legal professionals; students; advocates for children; and tribal, state, and federal leaders.Check out our draft agenda here

Exciting new elements to look forward to this year:

• Sweepstakes with two grand prizes

• Recorded sessions for post-conference viewing

• Virtual exhibitor booths

• Newly designed conference schedule

Participants will be able to attend from the comfort of their own homeor office. All attendees will need internet access or a phone for call-in options.Webcams are encouraged for networking activities. Please be sure to register each person individually as they will be given a unique login.

Remember! We have integrated our member discounts into our online registration software. If you are a current member, when registering online, be sure to use the email address connected to your membership to automatically receive your member discount. All others registering at the attendee rate will automatically purchase a year-long Abalone membership. 

Questions? Email training@nicwa.org

2022 Annual Conference Call For Artists

Apply by May 3, 2021

NICWA invites American Indian and Alaska Native artists to participate in our Call for Artists. NICWA is excited to once again provide an opportunity for artists to showcase their talents in support of our 2022 40th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference. Submissions are due May 3, 2021.