Yurok Salmon Festival (event)

The Klamath Salmon Festival is Saturday August 18.

The Yurok Tribe has already begun work on the 50th Klamath Salmon Festival, a
gift the Tribe gives the community every year.

"We are pulling out all the stops for the 50th festival," said Matt Mais, the
event's organizer. "The Yurok Tribe is working hard to make this family event
better than ever before."

Attendees of the all-day event will have an opportunity to learn more about
Yurok culture, dance to live music, shop for authentic handmade gifts form more
than 100 vendors and enjoy a delicious traditionally cooked salmon feast.

There will also be a highly competitive Stick Game Tournament. The Stick Game
is played by local tribes and is a full-contact sport that resembles lacrosse
with a wrestling element. The game is heavy on action.

A traditional Indian Card Games Tournament and a number of cultural
demonstrations will be on hand. The Tribe is also putting on a 5k Ney-Puy Run.
The run is free to enter and will start at 8a.m.

Automobile enthusiasts from throughout the region will be showing off their
vehicles at the "Classic Car Show". Yurok tribal member and vintage vehicle
owner George Smoker is organizing this event, which is sure to be a hit with car

For non-runners the Salmon Festival starts with the Veteran's breakfast, put on
by the Klamath Chamber of Commerce at 8 a.m. at the Klamath Community Center on
Salmon Blvd. The breakfast will be followed by a parade at 10 am. The famously
delicious salmon lunch will start at 11:00 a.m.

For more information see the following links:



American Indian Sign Language Conference (event)

Announcing: American Indian Sign Language Conference, (August 31 – September 2, 2012
Blackfeet [Amskapi Pikuni] Reservation, Blackfeet Community College, and Museum of the Plains Indian, Browning, MT. In collaboration with Friends of the Museum of the Plains Indian and The University of Tennessee with support from The National Science Foundation’s Documenting Endangered Languages Program, Division of Linguistics (id #1160604). 

The 2012 Labor Day Weekend Conference will focus on contemporary use of Indian signed language and commemoration of the 1930 Plains Indian Sign Language Conference held in Browning, MT (see http://pislresearch.com/). The Conference will feature sign language presentations and workshops; formal sign language documentation activities; as well as ceremonial and educational activities for all ages. We are inviting signers and others interested in participating in the signing activities from beginners to advanced signers and participants interested in signing/talking with members of tribes in the US and Canada. The 2012 Conference will be one of the first occasions since the 1930s that American Indians from different nations will convene to share their American Indian Sign Language (AISL) skills and stories.[1]

We are hoping to identify and involve individuals who know sign language from Indian nations of the US and Canada to share their knowledge of history, geography, and culture through signed and spoken languages from among N. Cheyenne, Blackfeet, Crow, Assiniboine, Nakoda, Lakȟóta, and other Indian Nations. The chief objective is to involve signers of all ages and generations who are learning and using sign language today, to involve Native community members in language documentation and revitalization, and to give back to these communities the conference proceedings and documentary materials produced during the Conference. Thank you for sharing this announcement and the flyer attached. Please email Jeffrey Davis and see the Conference website for more details. http://pislresearch.webfactional.com/new/aisl-conference-2012/

California Tribal Consultation Session (event)


AUGUST 30, 2012



Tribal Consultation Session

The U.S. Department of Education held listening and learning sessions in urban Indian communities in 2011, and plans to conduct more in 2012. Information gathered from these sessions will continue to inform Federal education programs that impact urban communities. These listening and learning sessions are a follow-up to a series of tribal consultations held in 2010.

In accordance with the Department of Education's commitment to engage in regular and meaningful consultation and collaboration with Indian tribes and Indian education stakeholders, these sessions are designed to provide you with an opportunity to voice your thoughts and engage in dialogue with White House Initiative on American Indian and Alaska Native Education leadership as well senior officials. The sessions will provide an opportunity to voice feedback on the strategies and objectives of Executive Order 13592, Improving American Indian Education and Alaska Native Educational Opportunities and Strengthening Tribal Colleges and Universities, as it relates to urban Native American student issues. Together, tribal and community leaders, education stakeholders and the Department of Education will move forward in creating a more effective and responsive education policy that positively impact our Native youth.

For registration and more information, please go to www.edtribalconsultations.org/unels  

Pala Band of Mission Indians

Pala Tribal Government Center

12196 Pala Mission Road

Pala, California 92059

Time: 8:30 am - 3:30 pm

California ICWA Conference (event)

The June 19-21, 2012 Conference provides interactive workshops and discussions on ICWA requirements, active efforts and permanency, collaboration, and service provisions. Other tentative workshops include: cultural competency, trauma, ICWA and delinquency, beginning and advanced ICWA, CAPP, CDSS updates, and a judges' panel. Eureka Office Directing Attorney Delia Parr urges, "The conference provides a unique opportunity to share and learn about ICWA-specific issues in our State. We are expecting an enthusiastic response.

For more information please see:

Youth Essay Contest (event/opportunity)


Conducted by The National Indian Justice Center 


 ~ Essay Contest ~

 Who Can Participate:
Native American students enrolled in grades 5th - 12th.

 Length and Language:
1200 - 2500 words.  Essays must be a minimum of 1200 words but not exceed 2500 words.

 For Winning Authors:
First place receives $300, second place receives $150, and third place receives $75.

June 30, 2012

 Theme: Living Proof
Native nations continue to make great strides in governance, economy, education and social welfare.  We work daily to triumph over generations of destructive federal and state policies that sought to end our political, cultural and social existence.  We are the living proof that our people did not just “survive,” we continue to “thrive.”  The theme of this year’s For All My Relations Conference is “Living Proof”.  We can all look to historical examples, heroic figures and personal anecdotes that speak to our resiliency and determination.  Each one of us is “living proof” that the strength, pride, courage and cultural values of our communities continue to thrive. 

Write an essay illustrating how you or a member of your family or community demonstrates the “Living Proof” theme in overcoming historic or contemporary challenges.

Entries will be judged anonymously.  Each essay must be original work of the contestant. All essays may be published in whole or part by NIJC.  Winning essays will be published.

Essays must be submitted to NIJC by June 30, 2012. Essays may be emailed to nijc@aol.com or faxed to 707-579-9019 or mailed to 5250 Aero Drive, Santa Rosa, CA  95403.

Each essay must be submitted with a page that includes the applicants name, age, grade, tribal affiliation, address, phone number, and email.

  ~ Conference Registration ~

August 2-4, 2012
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Hotel
Universal City, California

This year we are celebrating the 12th anniversary of the For All My Relations Conference for Indian Families. 
Please join us as we gather to share new information and resources offered to help Native communities strengthen Indian families. This conference provides a variety of workshops for tribal adults and youth as well as workshops for those who serve tribal communities. 

The goal of this conference is to create strong foundations for Native American families and tribal governments.  Collectively, we must be ready and willing to face the challenges that can result in a stronger future for Indian country.  The cultural, social and political integrity of tribal communities will become healthy and stable if we commit collectively to care for and support Native families.  It is our duty to increase our knowledge and awareness about issues that threaten the health, safety and welfare of Native families. 
New workshops and more to experience!
Even if you participated in FAMR in the past, you will discover a new experience this year. There are new workshops and numerous opportunities to grow. More information about the workshops will be available soon on our website at www.nijc.org/conferences.html.

It is for all our relations that we come together to share our knowledge, skills, and dreams for the future of Indian families.
~Registration Fees ~
Standard Registration (12 years and over)   $360 person   
Child Registration (11 years and under) $185 child



 2012 Registration Detail
Each attendee is required to pre-register online athttp://www.nijc.org/conferences.html. Click the 12th Annual Conference Registration link, which will direct you to the Eventbrite Registration Site. Complete the form and please pay with a credit card or check. You will receive an automated confirmation including a receipt for your payment. You must complete a separate registration for each conference participant.  Be sure to enter your email address so that confirmation of your registration can be e-mailed to you. Please note the new policies for substitution and cancellation below.

Children 8 years and older may attend youth workshops. Children who are 8 to 11 years old must be registered this year and be accompanied by a parent or chaperone in all youth workshops. All children participating and using workshop resources must be registered. Workshops are not designed for children younger than 8 years of age.  For answers to registration questions contact Margaret at (707) 579-5507 or emailfamr@nijc.org.  

Your paid conference registration provides you with entry to the general sessions, concurrent workshops, the banquet luncheon and awards, and the vendor area; three continental breakfasts; and afternoon refreshments. Ages 11 and under attending workshops and/or participating in meals must be registered. There will be no onsite registration available. The 2012 Conference Schedule athttp://www.nijc.org/conferences.html for times and locations for general sessions, workshops, banquet luncheon, and other scheduled activities will be available soon.

 Only registered participants, wearing conference name badges can attend workshops, events, and meals.

Cancellations may only be made through NIJC.  If you cancel, you will receive a refund less a 25% administrative fee.  To cancel your registration, you MUST provide a written request to Margaret Colglazier at famr@nijc.org or contact her at (707) 579-5507.  There will be NO refunds if you do not cancel by July 1, 2012.

There will be no substitutions for prepaid registrations this year. There will be no onsite substitutions. If you must cancel, your space opens to persons on the wait list automatically.

Hotel Information
Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Hotel
555 Universal Hollywood Drive
Universal City, CA 91608


The Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City is offering a conference room rate of $159.00 per night, single–quad occupancy, standard room. This rate will be available until July 11, 2012. Reservations made after that date will be charged the standard room rate. 

To reserve your sleeping room CLICK HERE and you will be linked to the Hilton Los Angeles/Universal City Hotel page for this conference. Or you can call the Hilton Los Angeles at (818) 506-2500 and request the group rate for 2012 For All My Relations Conference. 

 Participants are encouraged to fly into the Burbank Airport which is 6 miles from the Hilton Los Angeles. Participants can take the Shuttle for a fee of $12 to the hotel from this airport.  If you are driving, self-parking is $10 per day. The Hilton Los Angeles offers a complementary shuttle to and from the City Walk (5 minute walk to Universal Studios).

For more information regarding the 2012 For All My Relations Conference email The National Indian Justice Center at famr@nijc.org

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Dartmouth Pow Wow (event)

“Pow-Wow is a spiritual and celebratory way of expressing Native culture and heritage,” says Autumn White Eyes ’14, co-president of the 40th Annual Dartmouth Pow-Wow, being held May 12 and 13 on the Dartmouth Green.

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The 40th Annual Dartmouth Pow-Wow will be held May 12 and 13 on the Green. The Pow-Wow honors and celebrates Native culture through traditional dancing, singing, prayer, arts, and food. (photo courtesy of Native Americans at Dartmouth)

The Pow-Wow—hosted by the Native Americans at Dartmouth (NAD) student organization—honors and celebrates Native culture through traditional dancing, singing, prayer, arts, and food. “I’ve been participating in powwows since I was born,” says Christina Goodson ’14, who also serves as co-president of the Dartmouth Pow-Wow. “It is very much a part of who I am and it brings me great joy to be able to share this with the Dartmouth community.”

The first Dartmouth Pow-Wow was held in 1973, during the presidency of John G. Kemeny, who rededicated the College to its historic mission of educating Native students. In recognition of his commitment to Dartmouth’s Native American students, this year’s Pow-Wow will include a tribute to the late President Kemeny.

Preparation for the 40thAnnual Dartmouth Pow-Wow began during the fall term. The event is organized by the students of NAD, who serve on a variety of planning committees. “We meet every week and spend a large amount of our free time working on making sure that Pow-Wow runs smoothly,” says Goodson.

The weekend’s events will take place on the Green, weather permitting (rain location: Leede Arena). The schedule includes grand entry at noon on both Saturday and Sunday. Two new dance categories—men’s Eastern War Dance and women’s Eastern Blanket Dance—were added this year, explained White Eyes, to celebrate Northeastern Native American tribes.

This event is free and open to the public, and is sponsored by Native Americans at Dartmouth, the Special Programs and Events Committee, the President’s Office, the Council on Student Organizations, the Native American Alumni Association of Dartmouth, the Mohegan Tribe, and the Panhellenic Council.

In addition to celebrating the College’s 40th Pow-Wow this year, Dartmouth’s Native American Program (NAP) is also marking its 40th anniversary. Special events will be held throughout the year to recognize this milestone. Provost Carol Folt will speak at the kick-off event for invited Native American students, alumni, and faculty on Friday, May 11. That afternoon also marks the start of a special Native American Alumni Association of Dartmouth reunion weekend in honor of the 40th Pow-Wow.

The founding of Dartmouth’s Native American Program in 1972 was spearheaded by President John Kemeny to rededicate the College to its historic mission of educating Native students. Under the directorship of Molly Springer, NAP is regarded as a model collegiate program that mentors Native students, develops their leadership skills, and empowers them to address the social, political, and economic needs of Native peoples. Dartmouth has 885 Native American graduates, more than all the other Ivy League institutions combined, and there are currently 185 Native American students at the College.