The University of Northern Colorado (UNC), Colorado Trust and a coalition of federal, state, local, non-profit, advocacy and community partners are pleased to invite you to the second annual Pathways to Respecting American Indian Civil Rights Conference. See the attached Save-the-Date flyer, which includes the link to the conference website where you can find registration and other information. This year’s conference will be held at the University of Northern Colorado (UNC) in Greeley, Colorado, on August 10 and 11, 2011. Like the first conference, held in Albuquerque, New Mexico, last August, this year’s one and one-half day training and education event promotes awareness of civil rights issues impacting Native communities both on and off-reservation, and we have an exciting agenda planned!
John Echohawk, President, Chief Executive Officer of the Native American Rights Fund headquartered in Boulder, Colorado; John Walsh, U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado; and Troy Eid, Chair, U.S. Committee on Indian Law and Order, former U.S. Attorney, District of Colorado; and, Karen Artichoker of the Indigenous Women’s Justice Institute, are confirmed keynote speakers. The conference will also feature other distinguished speakers, including Brett Shelton, a Colorado-based attorney, who represents tribes in and outside the state and Darius Lee Smith, Director of the Denver Anti-Discrimination Office. A sampling of breakout session topics includes:
· Environmental Justice;
· Nondiscrimination in Employment and Employment Opportunities through Tribal Employment Rights Offices;
· Sexual Violence in the Lives of Native Women;
· Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the American Indian Health Improvement Act;
· Civil Rights and Justice on Tribal Land;
· The Modern HIV Epidemic and its Challenges to Tribal Rights and Sovereignty; and
· Culturally Aware Approaches to Address Harassment and Bullying.
UNC is offering a package for participants, who plan to stay overnight at only $101.30/participant! This package includes two nights lodging, six meals, parking and use of the campus recreational center. Although the conference itself is FREE, other lodging/food packages are available -- please visit the website for more information and to register for the conference,
We are looking forward to seeing you in August!
Flyer can be found HERE