October 6-7, 2008 â€¢ Soaring Eagle Inn â€¢ Mt. Pleasant, Michigan
This two-day Indian Child Welfare Act forum, â€œCompleting the Circle â€“ Protecting Indian Children and Preserving Tribal Sovereignty,â€ will feature national and state experts on ICWA compliance and why the ICWA remains critically important today.
In addition to the plenary sessions and principal speakers, the conference will feature discussions by panelists from several professions: tribal and state judges; tribal and state prosecutors/attorneys; and tribal, state, and private agency caseworkers. Each profession has a unique perspective on the ICWA and related issues. A special late-afternoon event on October 6th will include a mock tribal court session in the Saginaw Chippewa courtroom and a tour of the Zibiiwing Cultural Center.
THERE IS NO REGISTRATION FEE. The cost of the conference is generously funded by Michiganâ€™s Court Improvement Program. All training materials and lunches will be provided. Non-DHS attendees must pay their mileage and lodging expenses.
Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis. However, there may be some exceptions to ensure geographic diversity and participation across professions.
Fill out and return the completed Conference Registration form no later than September 29, 2008. Download the training flyer here: Indian Child Welfare Act forum flyer