NAICJA Conference and Awards

National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) is excited to announce the 52nd National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Virtual Conference to hosted October 19-21, 2021. Registration is coming soon and you can visit for updates.

The NAICJA Board of Directors is soliciting nominations for four (4) NAICJA awards: the Lifetime Achievement Award, the Court Support Excellence Award the Judicial Excellence Award, and the Outstanding Service Award. The award criteria are detailed in the announcement below.

2021 NAICJA Award Nomination link here or PDF version here.

PDF save the date here.

51st Annual Native American Critical Issues Conference: March 11-13

The 51st Annual Native American Critical Issues Conference

More information at

March 11-13, 2021, 9-12:30pm ET on Zoom

click here to REGISTER

*there are a limited number of student registration scholarships available. Contact for more information.

Download the agenda at glance here. 

Download the save the date flyer here.

Join us for 3 conference tracks, including

  • General Track (A), for the general public
  • Youth Track (B), for young students
  • NASO Track (C), for college-aged students who may be involved in Native American Student Organizations
  • 15 Breakout sessions
  • 4 Plenary sessions
  • 2 Vendor Booth and Information Booth sessions to meet directly with vendors
  • 2 Networking Café sessions to connect with other attendees
  • Access to Zoom session recordings after the conference

Session Topics

  • Cultural Uses of Fire
  • Indigenous Foraging, Cooking, and Eating
  • Fire Ring in the Mackinac Straits
  • Ishkode: The Language of Fire
  • Fired Up: Activism in Indian Country, Past and Present
  • Tri-Lateral Indian Education Panel
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women Panel
  • Rematriation and Pedagogical Reform in K-12 Systems
  • Treaty Rights and Water Habitat
  • The Impact of COVID-19 on Indian Country Keynote
  • Native American Student Organizations Meet and Greet: Our College Experience
  • Graduate School 101
  • Native Scholar Network Summit Keynote
  • Decolonizing NASO
  • and more!


Click here to register for $150 on Eventbrite and receive access to the password protected Participant Portal. The Participant Portal at contains the Zoom links needed to gain access to the conference. Registered attendees will receive the Participant Portal password by email one week prior to the event.

Seeking Artists and Informational Vendors

Vendors: Would you like to be listed as a vendor on the conference website and meet one-on-one with attendees during 2 Vendor Sessions on March 12? Contact Dr. Martin Reinhardt to request a vendor form at by Friday, March 5. Vendor fees are $50.

More information and registration at

Join us for the virtual ILPC/TICA Conference

Anishinaabewaki, East Lansing, MI—When COVID-19 created an atmosphere of uncertainty for conference and training programs in 2020, the Tribal In-House Counsel Association and the Indigenous Law and Policy Center responded. The pressures of many new conditions placed on tribal in-house counsel attorneys prompted us to host the webinar series known as QuaranTICA. QuaranTICA covered issues such as tribal court closures and child welfare concerns while also bringing insight, updates, and as always, good humor to issues affecting tribal attorneys. Now, we are back for more!

The 2020 Indigenous Law Conference will be hosted as a webinar for the first time ever. The date has also changed to accommodate this new format.

The important message here is: it is TICA time!

With some familiar faces and other speakers who are new to our virtual stage, join us November 10, 12, and 13, 2020 to hear follow-up discussions about child welfare and social services, COVID-19 related litigation, quarantine issues and their enforcement, and remote oral arguments. Stay tuned for new panels on voting rights and the McGirt decision. Plus, it isn’t TICA without a reception! We are delighted to host live music from across Turtle Island on the evening of the opening day of the conference—November 10th.

You can find all conference details including registration, the agenda at a glance, and sponsorship tiers at Just like every year, the Indigenous Law Conference is the time to renew your TICA membership, which is included in the registration fee. The conference is free for law students who register with their current law school email.

Check the website to register. Prior to the event, you will receive a password to the Indigenous Law Conference Participant Portal where the Zoom links will be available.

The conference consists of 6 panels, each 1.5 hours long, and is approved for 9 CLE credits through the Minnesota State Board of Continuing Legal Education.

This year’s conference art is “I Will Show You The Stars” by Emily Courtney.
Visit to learn about the artist.

Latest Trends in Tribal Self-Governance Virtual Conference

Latest Trends in Tribal Self-Governance

October 14-15, 2020

1:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Pacific time

ASU ILP’s Indian Gaming and Tribal Self-Governance Programs are offering the first annual conference focused on Tribal Self-Governance.

Featured Speakers:

  • Robert Miguel, Chairman, Ak-Chin Community
  • Charles Grim, Secretary of Health, Chickasaw Nation
  • Lynn Malerba, Chief, Mohegan Tribe


  • Overcoming Covid Obstacles Through Self-Governance
  • Working with Interior to Effectuate Self-Governance
  • Lessons Learned in Transitioning to Self-Governance and Expanding the Delivery of Programs
  • Working with Health and Human Services to Effectuate Self-Goverance

Register at:

Join us for this free webinar. The Arizona Bar does not approve CLE. However, this activity may qualify for up to 4 credit hours.

If you have questions, please contact

20th Annual California Indian Law Conference and Honorees

20th Annual California Indian Law Conference and Honorees

The virtual event will take place October 15-16, 2020. 

Press release here.

The California Indian Law Association (CILA) is proud to announce that the Honorable Abby Abinanti is the 2020 recipient of CILA’s Outstanding Achievement in California Indian Law Award and Fatima Abbas and Lauren van Schilfgaarde are the co-recipients of the 2020 Outstanding Young Attorney awards.

Judge Abinanti, Fatima, and Lauren will be celebrated during a virtual honoring event on Friday, October 16, 2020 at 11:45 AM, during the 20th Annual California Indian Law Conference, October 15-16, 2020.

More information available at

See the attached flyer for a detailed agenda.

Scholarships Available for NAICJA Virtual Conference

In partnership with the Casey Family Foundation, the National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) is offering up to 100 scholarships to attend NAICJA’s 51st Annual National Tribal Judicial and Court Personnel Virtual Conference (October 20-22, 2020). Scholarships are on a first come, first serve basis and open to tribal court judges, court clerks, and court personnel working on child welfare matters. Scholarship recipients will receive complimentary conference registration and must attend all Indian child welfare-related training sessions. Due to the volume of applications and limited funds, NAICJA may not be able to fulfill all scholarship requests.

Complete a Scholarship Request Form here:

NAICJA 51st Annual National Tribal Judicial and Personnel VIRTUAL Conference

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📣Registration is now open for the NAICJA 51st Annual National Tribal Judicial and Personnel VIRTUAL Conference.

“Tribal Court Justice in 2020: Tribal Court Resiliency, Change and Shaping Law”

Attendees will experience top-notch training in three tracks: Lessons from COVID-19, Resources for Court Clerks and Legal and Judicial Skills.

📣In process of applying for Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credits.

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