Pathways to Respecting American Indian Civil Rights
Education, Health, Nutrition, Justice, Employment, Housing and Other Services

August 10-11, 2011

Conference Details


The Region VIII Inter-Departmental Task Force on Civil Rights, along with the University of Northern Colorado and other organizations, are hosting a two-day training and education conference focusing on the civil rights affecting American Indians. The conference promotes the training, education, and sharing of information between American Indians on and off-reservation with various federal, state, and local agencies, community organizations, educators, health care providers, and more. 

Featured speakers:

  • John E. Echohawk
    Executive Director, Native American Rights Fund
  • Marguerite Salazar 
    Regional Director, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
  • Troy Eid
    Chair, United States Indian Law and Order Commission
    Attorney Shareholder, Greenberg Traurig, LLP

A Sampling of Topics:

  • Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act and the American Indian Health Improvement Act
  • Environmental Justice
  • Nondiscrimination in Employment and Employment Opportunities through Tribal Employment Rights Offices
  • Sexual Violence in the Lives of Native Women
  • Civil Rights and Justice on Tribal Land
  • The Modern HIV Epidemic and its Challenges to Tribal Rights and Sovereignty
  • Culturally Aware Approaches to Address Harassment and Bullying
  • Advocating For Off Reservation Community Housing and Services

Agenda:  Click Here to View Conference Agenda


  • The Pathways Conference has been granted the following credits from the State of Colorado Supreme Court-Board of Continuing Legal & Judicial Education:

General Credits: 11
Ethics Credits: 5

Attorney's in the State of Colorado must earn forty-five (45) credits over a compliance period of three (3) calendar years. Seven (7) of these credits must be in legal ethics.

  • The Pathways Conference has been granted the following credits by the Human Resource Certification Institute (HRCI):

General Credits: 7.00

Meet representatives from:

  • U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
  • Equity Assistance Centers
    • BUENO
    • Midwest
    • The Equal Alliance at ASU
    • IDRA, South Central Collaborative for Equity
  • U.S. Department of Education
  • U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
  • U.S. Department of Justice Community Relations Service
  • City and County of Denver Anti-Discrimination Office
  • U.S. Social Security Administration
  • U.S. Department of Labor
    • Women’s Bureau
    • Office of Federal Contract Compliance Program
  • U.S. Department of Agriculture
    • Food and Nutrition Service
  • Colorado Commission on Indian Affairs
  • Colorado Civil Rights Division
  • U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
    • Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services
    • Health Resources and Services Administration
    • Office of Minority Health
    • Office for Civil Rights
  • OS - Office of the Regional Director

Conference Site:     University of Northern Colorado (UNC), Greeley, Colorado


There is no registration fee for the conference.  Please register online by August 3, 2011.  Please note that space is limited, so we invite you to register as soon as possible.

Conference Options

An affordable conference package (including lodging, meals and parking) is available for participants who wish to stay overnight for the conference.  Please learn more about our on-line registration process by reading the information below before proceeding to on-line registration


  • Lodging option (single): The charges below for a single include two (2) nights lodging and six (6) meals.

            Single (1 person/bedroom in a shared** 2-bedroom suite):   $101.30/participant

            Suite (1 person in a 2-bedroom suite, not shared):  $192.30/participant

** You may specify suite-mate requests in the “Notes” section of the online registration form. Please include the requested participant's name. If no suite-mate is requested, you will be randomly assigned one in the shared option.

  • Lodging option (family):  The charges below for a family include two (2) nights lodging for a family of four and six (6) meals for one (1) adult.  For additional meals see below.

            Family (4 twin beds included in suite):                                    $192.30/family

  • Note: Make sure correct dates of arrival and departure are listed in the “Check-in” and “Check-out” section.  Check-in is after 3:00 p.m. on August 9th and check-out is before 11:00 a.m. on August 11th.   Luggage storage will be available after check-out, if necessary.
  • Lodging Amenities:
    • Suites: Located on West Campus, Turner Hall is a 13 story facility, recently renovated in 2009 to provide single bedrooms within suites.  Each newly designed suite has a living room, vanity, and bathroom and is fully furnished. Turner also has brand new lounges located across from the elevators on each floor, complete with new furniture and flat screen TVs.  The lobby in Turner Hall was renovated the summer of 2010 and this upgrade allows for impromptu meetings and gatherings.
    • Recreation Center: Participants who select a lodging conference package will be able to use the UNC Recreation Center.  Some of the various activities available include pick-up games in the numerous gymnasiums, a cardiovascular/weight-lifting area, racquetball courts, a climbing wall, a group fitness room, and access to the Butler-Hancock pool.
    • Internet: Wireless Internet is available in the University Center. 
    • Parking: See information below.
  • Meals: Six (6) meals are included in the lodging package price above, starting with dinner on August 9th and ending with a deli buffet on August 11th (breakfasts and dinners will be served in Holmes Dining Hall, and lunches will be in the University Center ).  Family rate includes meals for one adult.  Additional meal packages can be purchased during the registration process.

One (1) additional adult meal plan                                       $55.30/person
One (1) child meal plan 5+                                                     $32.80/person

One (1) child meal plan under 5                                            no charge        


Commuters should register for the conference without lodging. 

  • Commuter registration                                                $30.00/person
    Includes one lunch in UNC’s dining hall, a boxed lunch on the second day, and two day’s parking (see below) 
  • Commuter registration                                                FREE
    Lunch and parking are on your own. Food vendors will be available in the UNC University Center. Parking passes or limited metered parking may be available (see below).

Additional Details

Parking:  Parking is in either "J" lot or "I" lot during your stay at UNC if you choose any paid registration option above.  If your registration option does not include parking, the following options for short-term parking are available:

  • Daily permits, which can be purchased at:
    • Dispenser machines located in many student parking lots
    • Parking Services office in Gray Hall
    • Information Desk at the University Center.
  • Metered parking spaces are available throughout campus. Meters are enforced according to the same hours as the area/lot in which they are located. Permits are not valid in metered spaces. Permit holders must still pay the meter to park in a metered space.

Click here for Campus Map

Click here for Parking Map

Payment for Lodging/Meals:  The University of Northern Colorado cannot accept purchase orders.  You will be directed to a secure site for credit card payments. Credit card payment must be submitted on-line at time of registration. 

Confirmation:  A confirmation screen will appear confirming your registration.  A confirmation will also be emailed to you.  If you do not see a confirmation screen or receive a confirmation email after you register, your registration is incomplete and you must re-submit your registration on-line.  Participant registration will be guaranteed only when all fees have been paid.

Changes:  Any changes on your registration after you receive your confirmation should be submitted by sending an email with your requested change(s) to or call (970) 351-2010.  Please DO NOT register again.

Cancellations:  If you must cancel your registration, please fax us your written cancellation notice to (970) 351-1104 or email to  A full refund for room and board charges will be credited when cancellation notice is received at least 24 hours prior to the beginning date of the conference.  If cancellations are received less than 24 hours before reservations, there will be no refund.

For further REGISTRATIONinformation please contact Conference Services
at or call (970) 351-2010.

For further CONFERENCEinformation please contact Solomon LittleOwl at or Evelyn McGregor at

To register for Single & Suite Lodging Options,

You will be directed to our secure registration server.

To register for Family Lodging,

You will be directed to our secure registration server.

To register as a Commuter,

You will be directed to our secure registration server.