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 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

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 at 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  

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 at 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 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

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