Conferences and Meetings
Indigenous Water Summit - The Cheyenne River Hohwoju Lakota Nation will host this inaugural Summit, offering a global platform for the leading minds from the Indigenous water community to gain solidarity, achieve water justice, and promote water sustainability through the protection, restoration and management of freshwater stores. It will bring together Indigenous leaders, environmentalists, scientists, policy makers, grassroots activists and tomorrow’s leaders to discuss the need to take immediate action in tackling the urgent challenges of water scarcity, access and security; to accelerate the development of sustainable water solutions; and to achieve a unified plan for preserving pure water for future generations and maintaining Indigenous control over water on Indigenous homelands.
- May 22-24, in Eagle Butte, SD
Questions? Please contact one or more of the following:
- Mni Indigenous Water Summit Planning Team at: www.facebook.com/Mni.Water
- Candace Ducheneaux - firstname.lastname@example.org – (605) 733-2148
- Linda Tioleu Bishop - email@example.com – (605) 850-4966
- Karen Ducheneaux – (605) 200-0044
The Seminole Tribe of Florida Native Learning Center Summer Conference - The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Native Learning Center (NLC) presents its 5th Annual Summer Conference. The NLC has packed the agenda with sessions that are led by expert instructors that focus on Strengthening Tribal Communities into the Future. Each session touches on key components that could strengthen the goals and project that your Tribal community has set out to accomplish. The agenda includes topics that touch on: New trends in Tribal Government; Emerging developments between Tribes and States; Culture, language, and historic preservation; Safety and protection for your communities and much more. Registration is FREE to Native Americans and those working within Indian Country
- June 4-6, in Hollywood, FL
Developing Tribal Energy Resources & Economics Conference - This historic event will highlight the process of strategic energy planning and development for Tribes interested in improving their energy security, sovereignty and economies. All Tribal lands have some usable energy resources such as conventional fuels, renewables, transmission, utility formation potential or efficiency options. Therefore, each Tribe has the opportunity to develop energy resources on their own or form joint ventures and build new alliances with other strategic business partners.
As an attendee, you will learn more about what leads to success, how other Tribes have developed successful energy projects, exploring new energy technologies and the impacts of fracking, and many other informative sessions. We will engage in discussions with major utilities on how the new right-of-way market correction can benefit all parties and may directly lead to developing new projects. In addition, you will learn about the “Indian Energy Movement” from the Tribal leaders that made it happen. Also included will be discussion of the formation of a new national Tribal energy organization so Tribes can speak with a united voice when working with federal and state governments and the private sector.
- June 10-12, in Albuquerque, NM
Tribal Lands and Environment Forum - The 2013 forum will include training plenary, and break-out sessions on solid waste, Tribal Response Programs, UST/LUSTs, Superfund, and cross media subjects. From the forum's website, you can view the event's agenda, register for the forum, make hotel reservations and learn about transportation options, register for a vendor/registration table, and submit a proposal for a breakout session or training.
- August 19-22, on the Santa Ana Pueblo in New Mexico
IDAH2O - Master Water Steward training program - University of Idaho Extension is offering an innovative program to train citizen volunteers about regional water quality issues. The IDAH2O Master Water Steward program was launched in fall 2010 and already has 20 certified volunteers. Participants in the program attend an 8 hour workshop which combines classroom instruction and hands-on field work. Once a volunteer becomes a certified Master Water Steward, they then adopt a stream location to conduct regular monitoring on. Monitoring includes habitat, biological, chemical and physical assessments. All data collected from the Stewards is uploaded to a web site that is made publicly available. The main focus of the program is to educate citizens on the status of their water quality and to help them understand the effects on streams, rivers and lakes. Youth involvement is also strongly encouraged. The data that is collected may also someday assist Agencies in establishing water quality standards and priorities. To find out when the program is being offered, or for more information or to register, contact Ashley McFarland at firstname.lastname@example.org or 208-215-0407.