Concurrent Programming

Below is information from our 2021 conference. Please check back in fall for information regarding our 2022 conference.


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.

Annual Membership Meeting

Monday, April 12, 2021
3:00 p.m.–4:00 p.m. PT

The Annual NICWA Membership Meeting is a place of connection, celebration, and recognition. NICWA is a membership-based organization, so we look to you, our members, for guidance, and we are grateful for your direction and support. The 39th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference is in its second year being virtual. You are invited to join us for the Annual Membership Meeting, which will feature the following:

  • Updates on the new slate of board members
  • Recognition of NICWA’s Member of the Year
  • Program previews
  • Networking opportunities
  • Cultural performances
  • Raffles!

As is tradition, we will be raffling off a couple of amazing items. We will also be raffling off a Pendleton blanket for members who complete this survey.

National Day of Prayer for Native Children

Tuesday, April 13, 2021
7:30 a.m.–8:15 a.m.

As advocates for Native children gather for NICWA’s 39th Annual Conference, we invite Native communities and our partners nationwide to join together in a National Day of Prayer for Native Children. Please join us online for this respectful gathering, or host a safe, socially distanced event in your community to demonstrate support for all Native children.

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.