Northeast Tribal Conference on Child Victimization
May 6 and 7, 2020
Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel
Niagara Falls, NY
Seneca Nation of Indians
Native American Children’s Alliance
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children/New York Regional Office
Northeast Regional Children’s Advocacy Center
AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program
New York State Children's Alliance
Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties
DAY ONE May 6, 2020
8:00-8:30 REGISTRATION and Continental Breakfast
8:30-9:30 Blessing and Opening Ceremony
Seneca Thanksgiving Blessing, Seneca Nation Children’s Group
Seneca Nation Representatives
Summit Organizing Committee
9:00-10:30 KEYNOTE: Historical Trauma in American Indian History: Blanket Activity
Pete Hill, Native American Community Services of Erie and Niagara Counties
10:45-12:00 Workshop: Historical Trauma Blanket Activity Debrief
This session will focus on a facilitated debrief of the historical trauma keynote presentation. Attendees will be given the opportunity to participate in small group discussions on key issues raised and a traditional healing experience.
Pete Hill, Native American Community Services and
12:00-1:15 LUNCH Provided(Networking)
1:15-2:45 Workshop: AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act
This workshop will examine past child abduction, specifically the Ashlynne Mike case, and the challenges facing tribes in protecting children. Review of the Ashlynne Mike AMBER Alert in Indian Country Act of 2018, and the development of strategies for implementing an AMBER Alert plan within tribal communities. The workshop will also identify current resources available through the AMBER Alert Training and Technical Assistance Program.
Tyesha Wood and Janell Rasmussen NCJTC Fox Valley
Project Coordinator for AMBER Alert in Indian Country
3:00-4:30 Joining Together Open Circle Discussion
Panel consisting of tribal law enforcement, peacemaker judges, Children Advocacy Center staff, tribal social services, Clan Mothers. Objective is to address what these traditional decision making bodies do and when they become involved.
Geri Wisner, Native American Children’s Alliance
Conference Planning Committee
5:00-7:30 Cultural Celebration hosted by the Seneca Nation of Indians (ALL are Invited)
Enjoy a unique cultural experience presented by the Seneca Nation of Indians including cultural dance and refreshments.
At the close of the celebration please feel free to enjoy the fun of the casino gaming floor and all that the resort has to offer. Of course, Niagara Falls, one the most amazing “wonders of the world”, is only a few blocks away (and especially beautiful in the evening). Relax and enjoy!!!
DAY TWO May 7, 2020
8:30-10:15 KEYNOTE: Child Maltreatment Law Enforcement Investigations in Indian Country
This presentation will discuss a victim centered approach as the “setting of the stage” for successful family outcomes. A mindful humanistic approach to cases that will challenge officers to see through the eyes of the families and victims we serve and past what you think. We will discuss how we can we begin to build programming that adjusts to the experiences of the people we serve and not the agenda of the agency.
Detective Sergeant Karonienhawi Thomas, St. Regis Mohawk Tribe
10:30-12:00 Workshop: Child Maltreatment Forensic Medical Issues faced by Tribal Nations
This workshop will discuss how primary care is an important gateway to understanding and changing how we think about our people and how our point of view can be a barrier or a catalyst to their wellness and healing. Chief Cook draws a direct correlation between our creation story, the biology of birth and how trauma effects our children now, across their life span and into the future. We’ll share how we integrate ancient ways of knowing into current medical, healing and recovery models.
Chief Beverly Kiohawiton Cook, St Regis Mohawk Tribe
12:00-1:15 LUNCH (Provided)
1:15-2:45 Workshop: Mental Health treatment and healing in Indian Country
To truly honor victims of crime and violence we must be able to move services and programming towards a holistic model and approach to human experiences. Dr. Peter Ladd will lead a discussion detailing his work in Indian Country assisting programs servicing victims of present and historical traumatic events. His approach is purposefully taking the label so freely given to symptoms and transforming those experiences into resilience and empowerment on behalf of families and their children.
Dr Peter Ladd, St Lawrence University
3:00-4:30 Workshop: Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons (MMIP) Circle Discussion Moving Forward
National attention is now being given to the alarming rates of missing Indigenous peoples. Families of missing minors, adolescents, adults and elders from Indian Country express their frustration that reports are not given attention and regularly go into “cold” status due to the lack of resources, appropriate response or attention. Further, families are outraged that their murdered loved ones never receive justice due to the lax attitude toward Indigenous people and cases. This presentation will address this national epidemic and review various responses to prepare jurisdictions with foundational knowledge and suggestions to better respond to Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples. The closing circle discussion format also brings together the lessons and learning of the two-day conference in a manner that allows for open discussion and encourages each attendee to share information regarding their experience. We encourage each person to share successes and challenges from their own communities, disciplines and entities. What are the potential takeaways that can be incorporated into their own journey of child protection.
4:30 Summit Concludes
Co Sponsored by:
Native American Children's Alliance
National Center for Missing & Exploited Children New York
Northeast Regional Children's Advocacy Center