2017 Native American Critical Issues Conference

Date: March 23-25, 2017

Location: Northern Michigan University in Marquette, MI

Theme: Rebuilding Traditional Knowledge Systems

Our tribes have never given up our right to educate ourselves and others about who we are as a people. Our traditional knowledge systems were in place and thriving at the time of colonization. Early United States policies sought to undermine our tribal governments and used education as means to accomplish this effort. Although our communities have been severely disrupted in most cases, we are a resilient people and we have fought to rebuild our communities and reassert our claim to our traditional homelands and our cultural identities. We must continue to rebuild our traditional knowledge systems so that future generations will be able to speak our Native languages, know our tribal histories, identify indigenous plants and animals, tell our traditional stories, and appreciate our enduring relationship with our Mother the Earth.

Key-Note Speaker: Dr. Malia Villegas

“Flipping the Script: Using Data to Tell Our Stories in a Good Way”

In this talk, Malia Villegas will share insights from her work at the NCAI Policy Research Center to use data in innovative ways to uplift our children and families and celebrate our cultures. Villegas will highlight policy recommendations, data techniques, and examples from communities and systems using data to improve people’s experiences.

Malia Villegas, EdD, EdM, served as the Director of the National Congress of American Indians Policy Research Center (www.ncai.org/prc) from 2011-2016. She recently transitioned to work for her Alaska Native village corporation (Afognak Native Corporation) to serve as the Vice President of Corporate Affairs in order to help establish a community sustainability framework. Malia is an enrolled member of the Native Village of Afognak in Alaska, where she also serves on the Tribal Council. The NCAI Policy Research Center was established in 2003 to provide tribal leaders with the best available knowledge to inform their strategic policy decision within a framework of Native wisdom to positively impact the future of Native peoples. Dr. Villegas has extensive experience in tribal research governance and led projects on building tribal data capacity, improving the translation of diabetes research, strengthening the dissemination of community-based participatory research, and fostering Native youth resilience. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of American Indian Education and previously served as an Editor of the Harvard Educational Review. Dr. Villegas earned her master’s degree and doctorate in Culture, Communities, and Education at Harvard University and completed her undergraduate studies at Stanford University.

Online Registration: Click here to register online at Eventbrite. Cost is $150 per registration plus an $8.49 online registration fee. If you would rather pay via check or money order you may send your payment made out to “Michigan Indian Education Council” to our PO Box:

Michigan Indian Education Council  

PO Box 378

Haslett, MI 48840

*Note: Registration fees are non-refundable. If you have questions about registration fees, please see MIEC staff onsite at the Conference, or contact Dr. Martin Reinhardt at mreinhar@nmu.edu.

Agenda at a Glance:

Click here to download the Agenda at a Glance for both the General Track and the Youth Track.


The VENDOR DEADLINE for this year’s conference has been extended. If you would like a vendor booth for this year’s conference, click on our Vendor Registration Form below!


Conference Partner Hotel – Ramada Marquette: Conference rate of $96

Note*** Indicate to the front desk that you are attending the conference to receive conference rate

Phone: +1-906-629-6887

Website: https://www.wyndhamhotels.com/ramada/marquette-michigan/ramada-of-marquette/overview

Additional hotels in the area

Settle Inn Marquette: $79

Cedar Motor Inn: $89

Days Inn Marquette: $99

Comfort Suites: $129

Holiday Inn Marquette: $130

Country Inn & Suites: $137

Google map of Marquette, Michigan: https://goo.gl/maps/yDsFTY1K1xQ2














2017 NACIC Presenter Form PDF

2017 Vendor Registration Form PDF

2017 Sponsor Letter

2017 Poster





Conference Date

March 23-25, 2017

Conference Location

Northern Michigan University

Conference Schedule

Thursday, March 23rd
9:00-4:00pm CMTED Meeting
4:00-6:00pm Reception
6:00-8:00pm Pre-conference Meetings

Friday, March 24th
8:30-10:00am Plenary Session: Breakfast, Opening Ceremony, Welcome, Keynote Speaker & MIEC General Election
10:00-10:15am Break
10:15-11:30am Breakout Sessions
11:30-11:45am Break
11:45-12:45pm Breakout Sessions
12:45-1:45pm Breakout Sessions
1:45-3:00pm Lunch On Your Own
3:00-4:00pm Plenary Session
4:00-4:15pm Break
4:15-5:15pm Breakout Sessions
5:15-7:00 Dinner On Your Own
7:00-9:00pm Cultural Activities

Saturday, March 25th
9:00-9:30am Plenary Session
9:30-10:30am Breakout Sessions
10:30-10:45am Break
10:45-11:45am Breakout Sessions
11:45-12:00pm Break
12:00-1:30pm Plenary Session: Lunch, Award Presentation, Keynote Speaker & Closing Ceremony

© 2014 - MIEC.org. All Rights Reserved. Powered by Wordpress and Design by We Create Web Designs