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2004 Pre-Conference Institutes

On December 4, 2004, special daylong workshops (Pre-Conference Institutes) will be offered prior to the beginning of the conference. This allows you to spend an entire day concentrating in depth on a subject of interest to you. Each pre-conference Institute begins at 9:00 am and concludes at 4:30 pm, with a break at noon for lunch (on your own).

Attendance at the Pre-Conference Institutes is optional and participation is limited based upon space availability. There is no additional charge for the Pre-Conference Institutes, but participants must pre-register on a first come, first served basis.  

If you are interested in attending one of these sessions, please note your choice on the conference registration form (Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view this file).

Presenter Institute Description
Michelle Chino, Ph.D.
Cathy Sanders, OVC
Hayes Lewis
1. Grant Writing and Sustainability
This Pre-Conference Institute will provide hands-on information and resources to enhance the grant writing skills of current grantees and potential applicants for Office of Justice Programs Grants. It will also provide practical information and resources concerning program sustainability. The focus of the Pre-Conference Institute will be upon Office for Victims of Crime (OVC) grant programs such as the Children's Justice Act (CJA) Program for Native Communities and the Victims Assistance in Indian Country (VAIC) Program, but will also include information and resources that will be relevant for grant writing and sustainability with regard to other Office of Justice Programs grants, other governmental grants, and private foundation grants.
Maximum Participants: 150
Beverly Wilkins
Lisa Thompson
Regina Rossario
Andrew Romagnuolo
Renette Kroupa
Margaret Henry-Hayes
Sandi Tracy
Lois Dunston
2. Child Advocacy Centers: Cross Mentoring & Program Development in Indian Country
This interactive session will provide information on how the Children’s Advocacy Center (CAC) multidisciplinary approach can help to meet the needs of child victims of abuse in Indian Country. Common program component of the CAC model will be identified, and the unique programmatic options that have been adopted by tribes will be explored. Steps commonly taken in moving from concept to reality in developing MDTs and CACs will be covered.
Maximum Participants: 70
Colleen James, R.N. SANE 3. Medical Forensics: A Brave New World
This advanced level training session is designed to help the experienced professional improve the identification, examination, investigation and prosecution of cases involving sexual assault. It will encourage open discussion of topics of interest to all professionals who work with victims of sexual assault and family violence.
Maximum Participants: 60
Sam English – Conference Poster Artist 4. Healing Through Art 
This session, led by Turtle Mountain Chippewa artist Sam English, will provide cultural communication opportunities and explore American Indian expression at both Tribal and Urban levels about alcohol, drugs and violence and overcoming the pain of victimization. Participants will learn how to expose inner feelings without feeling afraid of criticism through making art. This session will produce a group piece of art to be displayed during the conference. Space is limited to 20 participants from Tribes and 20 non-Tribal (state, federal or private agency) registrants.
Maximum Participants: 40
BJ Jones, J.D 5. Coordinating the Investigation and Prosecution of Child Sexual Abuse
This workshop focuses on improving the coordination between federal and tribal courts and officials to ensure the safety of child victims of sexual abuse in Indian country and the prosecution of the perpetrators of these offenses in both the tribal and federal courts. It discusses the role of law enforcement, medical personnel and the court staffs of each respective system and how they can improve coordination to better protect child victims.
Maximum Participants: 70
Harlan McKosato 6. Media Advocacy for Victim Protection
The Media Advocacy Training on Underage Drinking will address strategies for communities to use in design media campaigns that help young people who are victimized by adult alcohol abuse or by other peers. DUI victims often do not have access to information about how to get help. The public is often not aware about the toll on victims when young and inexperienced minors get behind the wheel. This workshop will help communities to approach and use Media resources affectively for victims.
Maximum Participants: 60




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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