We're looking for session proposals from those who are working to understand and address the impacts of boarding school trauma in Indian Country.

Topics to be covered:

  • Truth in History—the facts about U.S. Indian Boarding Schools
  • Oral Histories—sharing our stories and honoring our memories
  • Impacts—understanding and confronting intergenerational trauma
  • Healing—transcending the pain and honoring our Survivance and Indigenous life ways

Proposal Deadline—Extended to August 9, 2019!

Download guidelines for session proposals.

Session Proposal Application

  • Include Name, Organization, Tribal Affiliation (if any)
  • Chose one. You DO NOT have to conform to any of these session types. Innovative/creative session formats are highly encouraged.
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  • NABS values interactive workshops — please describe how you will facilitate this workshop using interactive tools.
  • A detailed workshop description (500 words max) is required and will enable the review team to fully evaluate your proposal as a potential workshop. Please note that NABS highly values interactive and participatory workshops. Please share in your submission how your workshop will help conference attendees learn through interactive teaching methods.
  • Any proposed research workshop that includes data about a tribal community (whether the community is identified by name or not) should have secured tribal approval to present the data in advance of submitting a workshop proposal. Any presenters submitting a workshop proposal that includes tribal community data should be prepared to substantiate this approval if they are called upon to do so.
  • NABS acknowledges that individuals working on boarding school healing, often experience negative effects stemming from their work with traumatized American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) individuals and families. NABS also recognizes that there are many different types of trauma that affect people’s lives in negatively traumatic ways. These traumas—with their varied symptoms and responses—can affect one’s daily spiritual, emotional, physical, and mental well-being.

    NABS wants to take appropriate measures to ensure that participants have a healthy experience in conference workshops, which requires a standard of sensitivity for the discussion of traumatic situations for AI/AN individuals and families. To ensure safety and well-being for our conference participants, those who wish to present on topics that include the discussion of issues related to generational and/or historical traumas must also submit an action plan outlining how they plan to respond to the emotional and/or spiritual needs of participants when issues arise. If it is decided by reviewers that a workshop needs an action plan but one was not provided in the initial submission, the presenter will be called upon to provide one before a decision regarding the workshop’s acceptance is made.
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