Concurrent Programming

Every year, partners in the field of child and family advocacy and policy recognize the NICWA Protecting Our Children Conference as the pre-eminent gathering of child advocacy experts, practitioners, and advocates in Indian Country. As a result, our conference welcomes a number of concurrent events each year, from federal listening sessions, to adult adoptee gatherings, to children’s mental health meetings.

These events are in addition to the main conference registration. You can register for them online when registering for the main conference. If you have any question, please contact The post conference training do require a separate link which is listed below.

Pre-Conference Events

Community Healing, Community Building
March 31, 2019 from 9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Director of FNRI, Sandy White Hawk, has been working with the White Earth Band of Ojibwe and the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to create welcoming for our relatives who have been separated through adoption or foster care. The outcomes have been dramatic for individuals. Read more here.

The Family Listening Circle Program Workshop: An Intergenerational Culturally Centered Family Strengthening Prevention Program
March 31, 2019 from 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. The University of New Mexico’s Center for Participatory Research, Jemez Pueblo, Mescalero Apache, and Ramah Navajo have been working together for over 10 years developing, refining, implementing, and evaluating an intergenerational (child/parent/elder) family program called the Family Listening Program. Read more here.

Engage for Equity: How to Strengthen Partnerships Among Tribal or Urban Indian Programs, Community Members, and Other Stakeholders towards Family and Community Well-Being
March 31, 2019 from 1:30 p.m.-5:00 p.m. Join University of New Mexico Center for Participatory Research for an interactive experiential workshop which will bring together community based participatory research (CBPR) with Paulo Freire’s dialogue approach to provide tools and resources to enhance the effectiveness of your partnerships. Read more here.

Special Conference Events

An Evening at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center
April 1, 2019, from 5:00 p.m.–8:00 p.m. Join us for a leisurely evening at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center. NICWA will provide complimentary buses between 5:00 p.m. and 8:00 p.m. Participants will have a chance to explore the center and learn more about the people of New Mexico. The museum entry fee is waived for anyone who enters and shows their conference badge. Dinner tickets are also available to be purchased in advance and are nonrefundable. The dinner meal will include street tacos and pizza, with vegetarian options available at the cost of $23 (per diem rate).  Read more here.

Post-Conference Training Institutes

Stick around after the conference to participate in our intensive training institutes. Learn how the Indian Child Welfare Act of 1978 remains among the most important federal laws guiding child welfare today. Or complete our Positive Indian Parenting train-the-trainer institute so you can return home equipped to offer this training to your community.