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October 6, 2020

Plenary | Sovereignty of the Soul: Confronting Gender-Based Violence in Native America

Tuesday, October 6th; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT) / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (MT) / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CT) / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (ET)

  • Sarah Deer, citizen of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma, Professor at the University of Kansas
    Professor Deer will share information about the history of violence against women and two-spirit (LGBTQ+) people in tribal communities and legal changes that will allow tribal nations to assert sovereignty over criminal and civil cases involving victims of crime. The keynote will highlight the role of advocates in engaging in law reform with an aim for justice for marginalized communities. Session objectives: Understand historical context for sexual victimization in tribal communities; Understand basic legal restrictions on tribal jurisdiction over criminal activity; Evaluate victim-led solutions to address the high rates of sexual assault in Indian country.

October 7, 2020

Plenary | A Silent Epidemic: Sexual Violence Against Men and Boys

Wednesday, October 7th; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT) / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (MT) / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CT) / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (ET)

  • Lenny Hayes, MA,  citizen of the Sisseton Wahpeton-Oyate, Project Assistant Sovereign Bodies Institute
    Often men are the neglected victim of all forms of sexual violence including being abused as a boy. It is frightening to realize how widespread sexual abuse and violence is in our society and yet how strong the denial of it is. The presenter will discuss the mental health issues as well as define the issues that prevent the individual from healing and having healthy relationships. Session objectives: To educate participants about the impact of sexual violence against men and boys; To educate participants about the mental health issues that impacts boys and men who experience sexual violence; To educate participants that healing is possible through presenters own personal story of child sexual abuse.



October 12, 2020

Indigenous Peoples Day Virtual Celebration

Monday, October 12th; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT) / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (MT) / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CT) / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (ET)

  • Virtual Celebration
    In the face of so much uncertainty, acutely felt Indigenous communities, we must amplify celebration.  Last year, we came together in person to celebrate Idaho’s historic Indigenous Peoples Day proclamation at the Idaho Capitol Rotunda.  To ensure we all stay safe during COVID19, we’re moving the celebration to Zoom this year.  Our hope is to bring together even more voices, faces, music, and art spanning across the tribal communities in Idaho.  We’re learning through the pandemic that technology is a new way of being in community with one another.  This Virtual Indigenous Peoples Day Celebration is coordinated by the Indigenous Idaho Alliance. 

October 13, 2020

Workshop | Showing Up In A Good Way: Best Practices for Domestic Violence Advocacy in Indigenous Communities

Tuesday, October 13th; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT) / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (MT) / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CT) / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (ET)

  • Tai Simpson, Idaho Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence, citizen of the Nimiipuu nation
    A tapestry of sovereignty, jurisdiction, culture, ceremony, language, and matriarchy is the backdrop for best practices when providing domestic violence prevention and response services within Indigenous Communities.  The findings of the Idaho Thriving Families grant listening sessions will be presented during this session. Additionally, we explore lessons learned through the duration of our grant work.  These lessons inform best practices on how new and experienced advocates can build capacity around serving Native families impacted by violence in Idaho. 

October 14, 2020

Plenary | Ethical & Culturally Relevant Data Collection

Wednesday, October 14th; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT) / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (MT) / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CT) / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (ET)

  • Nicole Matthews

October 15, 2020

Workshop | Why is Historical Context Important and How Do We Shift the Narrative About Victimization?

Thursday, October 15th; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT) / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (MT) / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CT) / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (ET)

  • Sheena Gilbert, MA
    Native American’s have a history of violence and victimization and it’s important to understand the historical context of this violence and victimization and how historical context is still relevant today. Additionally, we need to be more open about having discussions about domestic violence, sexual assault, intimate partner violence, dating violence, and trafficking. When we share our stories with one another and pass them down between generations, we may build a stronger community and gain a better understanding of how to protect ourselves. Lastly, it is important to continue to build a bridge between researchers, law enforcement, victim services, and other criminal justice agencies by explaining that our stories are our data, and that these (qualitative) data are just as valuable as numerical statistics.



October 20, 2020

Workshop | NamUS Training

Tuesday, October 20th; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT) / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (MT) / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CT) / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (ET)

  • Jessica Hager, NamUs Regional Program Specialist
    NamUs is a national information clearinghouse and resource center for missing, unidentified, and unclaimed persons across the United States. Funded and administered by the National Institute of Justice and managed through a cooperative agreement with the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, Texas, all NamUs resources are provided at no cost to law enforcement, medical examiners, coroners, allied forensic professionals, and family members of missing persons. Learning Objectives: To provide information on the benefits surrounding the use of the NamUs system; To discuss the biometric resources that are provided through NamUs/UNTCHI; To demonstrate how to register and use the NamUs system.

October 22, 2020

Panel | Law Enforcement Panel Discussion

Thursday, October 22nd; 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (PT) / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (MT) / 1:00 am – 3:00 pm (CT) / 2:00 pm – 4:00 pm (ET)

  • Panel discussion.



October 27, 2020

Plenary | MMIP & Empowering Tribal Court Systems

Tuesday, October 27th; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT) / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (MT) / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CT) / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (ET)

  • Annita Lucchesi, citizen of the Cheyenne nation, Executive Director Sovereign Bodies Institute

October 28, 2020

Panel | Sovereignty & Jurisdiction in Indian Country Panel

Wednesday, October 28th; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT) / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (MT) / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CT) / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (ET)

  • Melanie Fillmore, PhD candidate, citizen of the Lakota nation; Chantel Greene, Vice Chairwoman Nez Perce Tribe, citizen of the Nimiipuu nation; Ernie Weyand, Department of Justice MMIP Coordinator
    From representing Tribal Governance bringing Testimony to state legislature, to working on Data Analysis, and coordinating National efforts with the Department of Justice-These tasks require a deep knowledge of community and collaborative conversations. Panelists in this webinar will discuss their connection to the issue of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons and how collaborative conversations help efforts to address this issue in Idaho.

October 29, 2020

Panel | Survivors’ Stories of Violence, Resilience, and Going Home

Thursday, October 29th; 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT) / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (MT) / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CT) / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (ET); 10:00 am – 12:00 pm (PT) / 11:00 am – 1:00 pm (MT) / 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm (CT) / 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm (ET)

  • Panel discussion.

Conference Closing