Native Nation Events is proud to present the Symposium for Alaska Native Leaders, taking place October 21-22, 2013 at the Westmark Fairbanks Hotel and Conference Center in Fairbanks, Alaska. This exclusive event will bring Alaskan tribal leaders together to meet, exchange ideas, and share success stories regarding the unique challenges facing Alaska Natives. Attendees will hear from both tribal and corporate experts on a myriad of topics, including: economic development, the energy industry, health care, education, land conservation and more! This event is ideal for tribal leaders looking to hone their skills and acquire the tools they need to lead their tribes into the future. For speaking and exhibiting opportunities, or to register, call 201-857-5333.
2:15 PM - 3:15 PMGovernment Grants in Alaska: The Federal Spending BubbleTraditionally, Alaska tops the charts for states receiving the most federal dollars on a per capita basis. Much of the money comes via defense spending and federal grants. In fact, one third of all the jobs and household income in Alaska is supported by Federal spending. Even before the sequestration, there have been signs that the spending is going to slow down significantly, which would have a marked effect on the lives of all Alaskans. This panel will focus on the role of federal spending in Alaska, the future of Alaska’s dependence on government money, and the ways that Alaskan leaders can prepare for the changes to come.
3:15 PM - 3:45 PMCoffee Refresh/Networking Opportunity/Exhibit Hall
3:45 PM - 5:00 PMThe Future of Alaska: Improving Alaska Native EducationBy one study’s estimate, almost 60% of Alaska Natives, most of whom attend public schools, drop out of high school. Also, despite making up about 16% of the state’s population, Alaskan Natives only make up 8% of the students who enroll in college from the state. Additionally, of the Alaskan Natives that actually do go to college, only about half succeed in graduating. Although there have been signs of improvement recently, Education for Alaskan natives is still a serious issue that must be addressed. In this panel, we will discuss role of federal and state funding in education, and the steps that have been and will be taken to continue promoting educational success in the Alaskan Native community. The panel will focus on state education across the board, including both private and public education all the way through the Alaska university system.
9:30 AM - 10:15 AMANC & Native Village Corporation CEO’s RoundtableIn addition to the creation of the 12 ANC’s, the passing of the ANCSA allowed for the creation of 220 Native Village Corporations. More than 240 village corporations exist today, helping to create additional opportunity for their respective tribal villages. In this panel, learn how these massive corporations have maximized their opportunities, utilizing government contracting and the S.B.A.’s 8(a) program to improve the lives of their shareholdersas well as discuss the varying approaches these village corporations have taken to best utilize their land and available resources, as well as government contracting and merging with their parent corporations, to bring revenues back to their people.
10:15 AM - 10:45 AMCoffee Refresh/Networking Opportunity/Exhibit Hall
10:45 AM - 11:30 AMDrilling and the Environment: Looking for CompromiseTo say that oil drilling and production plays a large part in the Alaskan economy would be an understatement. By one count, more than 80% of the state's revenues are derived from petroleum extraction. Despite the obvious economic benefit, there are real tradeoffs in regards to the impact it creates on the environment. This panel will look at both sides of the issue; hearing from proponents for both oil and the environment. Can these seemingly opposing points find a way to coexist or is there no room for compromise?
11:30 AM - 12:15 PMPreserving Alaska: Wildlife/Land Conservation and Subsistence ManagementBefore and since the passing of the Alaska National Interests Lands Conservation Act (ANILCA), the conservation of Alaska has been a hot topic issue. For Alaskan Natives, many of whom identify strongly with the land and rely heavily on it for subsistence, this issue hits even closer to home. This panel will focus on the importance of Alaskan wildlife preservation, what conservation efforts are being carried out, and addressing the challenges that those efforts are facing today and will face in the future.
1:15 PM - 2:00 PMRenewable Energy in Alaska Native CommunitiesRenewable Energy investment and projects in Alaska Native Villages and Communities has taken off in recent years because of the rapidly increasing prices of gas/energy in the state. In particular, it appears that the U.S. Department of Energy has begun to invest considerable resources into developing renewable energy projects for Alaskan natives. The DOE’s START program is focused on this effort, and the amount of money they have allocated for Alaskan Natives reached an all time high in 2012. Further, we will hear about the impacts of the first six years of the Alaska Renewable Energy Fund, particularly as it relates to high energy cost areas.
2:00 PM - 2:30 PMAfternoon Break/Networking Opportunity/Exhibit Hall
2:30 PM - 3:45 PMCase Study: Electricity & Heat Production – The Benefits of BiomassUtilizing the Southeast Alaska Discovery Center as our example, we will look at combined heat & power (CHP) biomass projects, both on a broad scale deployment as well as on a project basis. You will learn how the Discovery Center has cut its expenses thousands of dollars each month since the project went online. We will break down the process of converting to a biomass solution, including understanding of community concerns, locating and quantifying fuel sources, and instituting policies and procedures for forest management, fire breaks and life safety. Further, we will dive into alternative biomass fuels, integrating new biomass equipment with existing heat & power systems, and system configurations.
3:45 PM - 5:00 PMRestorative Justice in Rural AlaskaOne of the biggest challenges in rural Alaska is a lack of community-based restorative justice practices that ensure healing for the victim and offender, allow communities to remain safe, and ultimately empower locals. Preventative community-care is needed along with working with the judiciary in order to keep offenders in the community. This is especially helpful for youths, as they are kept out of the impersonal court system while still working with law enforcement and juvenile probation officers. Justice models such as Circle Peacemaking, victim/offender mediation, Family Group Conferencing, or Youth Court can be adopted by tribal councils and courts to both mediate problems and prevent them from ending up in State Court. In this panel, we will hear from experts in the field who will provide information about how to decide which justice models are best for your community. We will also learn what is required to launch them once this decision is made.
Native Nation Events, LLC is driven to provide unique and educational networking forums for individuals and sponsor organizations in the Native American marketplace. Our vision is to produce conferences with relevant information on current topics that professionals and Tribal decision makers will find invaluable in the execution of their responsibilities.