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2002 Event Highlights

The 8th National Strengthening Indian Nations: Justice for Victims of Crime Conference will be held December 5-7, 2002, in Palm Springs, California. This event will focus on innovation and successful victim programs and strategies as well as providing current information and promising practices from the field.

The workshops, plenary sessions, and Pre-Conference Institutes will be exciting, challenging, and filled with information that you can take back and use immediately in your community.

Who Should Attend?

This conference is designed for anyone involved in addressing victims issues in Indian Country.


  • Community Responsibility
  • Working With Indian Nations
  • Improving Justice Process
  • Skills Building
  • Using Research and Evaluation
  • Working With Victims
  • Addressing Child Abuse
  • Strengthening Juvenile Justice
  • Safety for Elders
  • Working with Law Enforcement
  • Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Tribal Flags

We are asking that a representative from each tribe bring their tribal flag so that flags from all Indian Nations represented can be displayed throughout the conference and recognized during the opening session.

Vendors, Exhibitors and Resource Tables

Space is available for vendors and exhibitors. Exhibit space will be made available on a first come basis. Resource tables will be available for display of materials related to services for victims of crime. Vendor forms are available online (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this file) or you may contact the Institute at or by calling 1-323-650-5467. Please note that all Indian Arts and Craft sales must be in compliance with the Indian Arts and Crafts Act (as amended).

Continuing Education Credits and Certificates of Attendance

Continuing education credit and certificates of attendance will be offered by the Institute for Continuing Education. Continuing education credit will be awarded on a session by session basis, with full attendance required for each session attended. The processing fee is $25.00 and may be included in the registration fees by checking the appropriate box on the conference registration form (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this file).

To receive continuing education credit, conference attendees must sign in/sign out daily at specified sites at the conference and comply with other continuing education requirements. If you have questions regarding continuing education or certificates of attendance, please call our Continuing Education Coordinator, Linda Lakeman at 1-251-990-5030 or by email at

  • Alcohol/Drug: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved by the National Association of Alcohol and Drug Abuse Counselors (NAADAC) to provide continuing education for alcohol and drug abuse counselors. NAADAC Provider No. 000243.
  • Counseling: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized by the National Board for Certified Counselors (NBCC) to offer continuing education for national certified counselors. The Institute for Continuing Education adheres to NBCC continuing education guidelines. NBCC Provider No. 5643.
  • Legal/Law Enforcement: Application will be made to the appropriate agencies for approval of continuing legal education and POST credit for law enforcement professionals.
  • Marriage/Family Therapy: The Institute for Continuing Education is recognized as a provider of continuing education activities by the California Board of Behavior Sciences. Provider No. PCE 636.
  • Nursing: The Institute for Continuing Education is accredited as a provider of continuing education in nursing by the California Board of Behavior Sciences. ABN Provider No. 1124. Nurses should contact their state board to determine if approval of this program through the Alabama Board of Nursing is acceptable for continuing education in their state.
  • Psychology: The Institute for Continuing Education is an organization approved by the American Psychological Association (APA) to offer continuing education for psychologists. The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program.
  • Social Work: The Institute for Continuing Education is approved as a provider for continuing education by the Association of State Social Work Boards (ASSWB), through the Approved Continuing Education Program (ACE). The Institute for Continuing Education maintains responsibility for the program. ASSWB Provider No. 1007.

Background Information

The Wyndham Palm Springs Hotel is a full service conference hotel and is located on tribally owned land and is two blocks away from the Aqua Caliente Tribe’s Spa Hotel. There are 10 Tribes in the Palm Springs area and 33 Tribes in the region.

Special Notice

The Twenty-Nine Palms Band of Mission Indians will be holding its 6th Annual Winter Gathering Pow Wow December 6 through December 8 on the grounds of the Spotlight 29 Casino in Palm Springs. A celebration of Native American traditions, the Pow Wow will feature dancers from Mexico, Canada, and across the United States; drum groups from throughout the country and Canada competing for top honors; a wide variety of food booths; and an excellent display of Arts and Crafts.

For more information, contact committee members Brandy GoodBuffalo and Earl Thomas at 760-775-3239, or Robert Paull at 760-775-2853.


United Voices: Expanding the Circle of Safety, Justice and Healing
Wyndham Palm Springs Hotel

Agua Caliente Tribe's Spa Hotel

Panoramic View of the Coachella Valley

The San Manuel Band of Mission Indians are of the Native American tribe known as "Serrano," a name given to us by the Spaniards which means "mountaineer." Long before the Spaniards and other European settlers arrived here, our ancestors roamed a territory that spanned the San Bernardino Mountains and valley, and adjoining desert lands. In our native language, we call ourselves "Yuhaviatam," or "people of the pines." From the day the Creator placed us on Mother Earth, we have lived here in harmony with all living things and the spirit world - our connection to the Great Mystery
Morongo Band of Mission Indians

The Great Seal of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community is an ancient pattern of the Southern Arizona tribes. The pattern represents the MAZE, or house of "Se-eh-ha" (Elder Brother).
The Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians is composed of several small groups living in the area at the time the Agua Caliente Reservation was established. Recently, archaeological research has proven that Indians occupied the Tahquitz alluvial fan about 350 to 500 years ago. Distinct areas of living quarters and food preparation are apparent. This, and the area surrounding the nearby hot springs, was the home of the Kawasic Band.
When the Chickasaw Nation was re-established as a tribal government on March 4, 1856, in Tishomingo, Indian Territory, the Chickasaw people honored their last war chief, Tishomingo, by representing him on the Great Seal of the Chickasaw Nation. In addition, the figure represents the courage of the Chickasaw people.
Cocopah Indian Tribe



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