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2017 Native American Critical Issues Conference

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Northern Michigan University

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1401 Presque Isle Ave

Marquette, MI 49855

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Theme: Rebuilding Traditional Knowledge Systems

Our tribes have never given up our right to educate ourselves and others about who we are as a people. Our traditional knowledge systems were in place and thriving at the time of colonization. Early United States policies sought to undermine our tribal governments and used education as means to accomplish this effort. Although our communities have been severely disrupted in most cases, we are a resilient people and we have fought to rebuild our communities and reassert our claim to our traditional homelands and our cultural identities. We must continue to rebuild our traditional knowledge systems so that future generations will be able to speak our Native languages, know our tribal histories, identify indigenous plants and animals, tell our traditional stories, and appreciate our enduring relationship with our Mother the Earth.

Key-Note Speaker: Dr. Malia Villegas

“Flipping the Script: Using Data to Tell Our Stories in a Good Way”

In this talk, Malia Villegas will share insights from her work at the NCAI Policy Research Center to use data in innovative ways to uplift our children and families and celebrate our cultures. Villegas will highlight policy recommendations, data techniques, and examples from communities and systems using data to improve people’s experiences.

Schedule of Events

Thursday, March 23rd
9:00-4:00pm CMTED Meeting
4:00-6:00pm Reception
6:00-8:00pm Pre-conference Meetings

Friday, March 24th
8:30-10:00am Plenary Session: Breakfast, Opening Ceremony, Welcome, Keynote Speaker & MIEC General Election
10:00-10:15am Break
10:15-11:30am Breakout Sessions
11:30-11:45am Break
11:45-12:45pm Breakout Sessions
12:45-1:45pm Breakout Sessions
1:45-3:00pm Lunch On Your Own
3:00-4:00pm Plenary Session
4:00-4:15pm Break
4:15-5:15pm Breakout Sessions
5:15-7:00 Dinner On Your Own
7:00-9:00pm Cultural Activities

Saturday, March 25th
9:00-9:30am Plenary Session
9:30-10:30am Breakout Sessions
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-11:45am Breakout Sessions
11:45-12:00pm Break
12:00-1:30pm Plenary Session: Lunch, Award Presentation, Keynote Speaker & Closing Ceremony

**Agenda with Breakout Sessions is now available

FAQs

What's the refund policy?

There are no refunds after attendees register for the conference.

How can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please contact Dr. Martin Reinhardt, President mreinhar@nmu.edu or Emily Sorroche, emily.sorroche@gmail.com about conference or registration questions.

Interested in presenting at the conference?

Conference proposals are being accepted until February 1st, 2017. Please visit our website for further instructions.

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable?

Yes, we need to recieve this information prior to the conference. Please notify Emily Sorroche or emily.sorroche@gmail.com about any changes in your registration prior to March 23rd, 2017.

What are my parking options for getting to and from the event?

Parking for the conference will be available at the University Center and it's free!

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