NCAI Call for Proposals — Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Policy Research Center is currently inviting researchers, practitioners, tribal members, and organizations conducting research in areas that have or could have real impacts for tribal communities to submit a proposal to make a presentation at the 5th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum on Tuesday, June 22, 2010 at the NCAI Mid-Year Session in Rapid City, South Dakota.

The NCAI Policy Research Center welcomes proposals from all scholars (both Native and non-Native), academic institutions, and organizations. However, proposals from tribal colleges, Native graduate students, and tribal communities are especially encouraged. In addition, those proposals that include student presenters or youth, tribal leaders and citizens, and feature collaborative partnerships are preferred. Both completed and on-going research (with preliminary findings) will be considered.

Research from all disciplines and fields are encouraged, but this year preference will be given to research proposals that address law enforcement/public safety, health care reform, natural resources and energy development, and strategies for strengthening tribal governance.

The Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum provides an opportunity for eight selected researchers to share their work with tribal leaders, policymakers, and tribal citizens during NCAI’s Mid-Year Session.  The purpose of the Forum is to offer a space for dialogue between tribal representatives and researchers regarding their work.  Tribal policymakers offer feedback to researchers about the implications, impact, and potential next steps of their work.  During the presentations and discussion, emphasis should be place on practical, real-life implications of the research.

To apply, please submit a presentation proposal (no more than three pages total) that includes the following information:

Presentation title

Presenter’s name, affiliation(s), and contact information

Other contributors’ names and affiliations (if any)

The topic area of the research

A one-page summary of findings (which may be preliminary)

A description of the research’s policy or practice relevance at the tribal and national level

A short biography of the presenters (no more than 100 words per presenter)

Both the morning General Assembly session and afternoon breakout session will occur on Tuesday, June 22nd.  If selected to present for the entire Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum, researchers will present their research during the morning General Assembly session and during an afternoon breakout session. Presenters whose proposals are accepted for both sessions must participate in both the General Assembly and breakout sessions.  The General Assembly session is an audience comprised of tribal leaders, tribal program directors, and intertribal organization directors and staff.  If selected to present during General Assembly, presenters will give 15-minute presentations (with Power Point slides). The focus of the presentation should be on how the research can be useful or applied in tribal communities.

In the afternoon, presenters from General Assembly will join a panel of presenters during concurrent breakout sessions around their research area.  The afternoon breakout sessions allow for more targeted, in-depth discussion. These concurrent sessions are approximately 2 ½ hours long and will feature three or four researchers and/or policymakers making brief presentations on a similar topic area. The breakout sessions are organized to provide an opportunity for scholars and tribal representatives to engage with one another on the research questions, methods, findings, and implications of the research.  In addition, some presenters who submit a proposal for this notice will be accepted to participate only in the afternoon breakout sessions.

Proposals should be submitted to Puneet Sahota, Post-doctoral Fellow, NCAI Policy Research Center via email at psahota@ncai.org by March 1, 2010. No mailed copies or faxes please.

The proposals accepted for presentation at the NCAI Mid-Year Session will be announced by the week of March 8, 2010. A limited number of $1,000 travel stipends are available. If selected, presenter abstracts and Power Point presentations are due by May 17, 2010.

The proposals accepted for presentation at the NCAI Mid-Year Session will be announced by the week of March 8, 2010. A limited number of $1,000 travel stipends are available. If selected, presenter abstracts and Power Point presentations are due by May 17, 2010.

For information about previous Tribal Leader/Scholar Forums or the NCAI Policy Research Center, please visit www.ncaiprc.org.

Proposals should be submitted to Puneet Sahota, Post-doctoral Fellow, NCAI Policy Research Center via email at psahota@ncai.org by March 1, 2010. No mailed copies or faxes please.

The proposals accepted for presentation at the NCAI Mid-Year Session will be announced by the week of March 8, 2010. A limited number of $1,000 travel stipends are available. If selected, presenter abstracts and Power Point presentations are due by May 17, 2010.

For information about previous Tribal Leader/Scholar Forums or the NCAI Policy Research Center, please visit www.ncaiprc.org.