United Tribes Technical College to Hold Tribal Leader’s Summit and Trade Show

Aug 9th, 2016 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

UNITED TRIBES TECHNICAL COLLEGE SUMMIT AND TRADE SHOWUnited Tribes Technical College (UTTC) will host the 2016 Tribal Leader’s Summit and Trade Show September 6-8 at the Bismarck Event Center. It is the 20th annual gathering of tribal leaders from throughout the region. The event attracts federal, state, and local officials and precedes the ever-popular United Tribes Technical College International Powwow.

The agenda for this year offers major sessions on language and culture, tribal governance and sovereignty, education, economic development, law enforcement and justice, community health, housing, taxation, and transportation. Registration includes conference materials, luncheons, the tradeshow, continuing education units, social gatherings, and entry to the powwow. Summit participants are also invited to attend the first induction ceremony of the North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor.

Two conferences will be held prior to the summit on Tuesday at the Bismarck Event Center: a child welfare round table and a Bureau of Indian Education listening session. Concurrent sessions during the summit include the Tribal Youth Leadership Summit, Tribal Transportation Planners Conference, the North Dakota State Bar Association’s Indian Law Section, the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association, United Tribes of North Dakota, and the North Dakota Native Tourism Alliance.

Briefings, talks, and panels about issues in Indian Country begin with the summit opening at 1 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 6 and continue through Thursday. Featured are federal, state, and tribal officials and other noted presenters, including Loren Yellow Bird, technical advisor for the Oscar-winning blockbuster film, “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. Yellow Bird, from the Mandan Hidatsa Arikara Nation, is featured in the summit’s language and culture session.

Dahkota Kicking Bear-Brown, who is the youngest serving member of the National Advisory Council on Indian Education in Washington, DC, will moderate the Native American Youth Summit, “Voicing Our Priorities.” This panel is sponsored by the North Dakota Indian Affairs Commission, North Dakota United, and the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction. Kicking Bear-Brown is from the Miwok Band of California Indians. Other summit panelists include John Echohawk, executive director of the Native American Rights Fund; Kurt Luger, executive director of the Great Plains Indian Gaming Association; Ann Marie Bledsoe Downs, acting director of the Bureau of Indian Education; Donovan Foughty, North Dakota District Court judge; and Brian Cladoosby, National Congress of American Indians president.

Social entertainment is scheduled for all three days of the summit, beginning Tuesday at 5:15 p.m. Hors d’oeuvres and refreshments will be available while attendees browse the trade show. Door prizes will be drawn throughout. Featured on Wednesday is the comedic duo James and Ernie from New Mexico, who earned “Comedians of the Year” honors at the 2009 North American Indigenous Image Awards. This event is free and open to the public, beginning at 5:30 p.m.

On Thursday, Sept. 8, all summit attendees are invited to the inaugural induction ceremony of the North Dakota Native American Hall of Honor, beginning at 5 p.m. at the North Dakota Heritage Center. The event is free and open to the public as well. Honored will be Anthony McDonald, Spirit Lake Nation; Robert Eaglestaff, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; Arnold Charging, Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation; Harriett Skye, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; Marcellus Red Tomahawk, Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; Nathan Good Iron, Mandan-Hidatsa-Arikara Nation/Standing Rock Sioux Tribe; and Richard Marcellais, Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa. The Tribal Leader’s Summit takes place in conjunction with these United Tribes Powwow week events in Bismarck, including the 47th Annual United Tribes Technical College Powwow, Youth Day at the powwow, “Diamond Legends” softball tournament, basketball and golf tournaments.

The United Tribes Summit is hosted by leaders from North Dakota’s tribal nations. It is sponsored and conducted by UTTC, with additional funding from the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community of Prior Lake, Minnesota. The summit begins Tuesday, September 6 at 1 p.m. with an opening ceremony. The theme is “Empowerment Through Unity.”


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