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Indian Nations Conference

Since 1988, OVC has sponsored nine national conferences for tribal, state, and federal professionals who work on behalf of victims in Indian Country. Attendees include victim service providers, victim advocates, prosecutors, law enforcement officials, judicial personnel, social service personnel, and health and mental health professionals. The conferences provide training on promising practices for establishing effective victim assistance services and present models for coordinating tribal, federal, state, and local resources in response to victims in Indian Country. The 9th National Indian Nations Conference was held December 9–11, 2004; conference agenda and presentation materials are available at the Tribal Institute's Web site.

In 2005, OVC announced the 10th National Indian Nations Conference, scheduled for the spring or summer of 2007. In addition to its traditional emphasis on promising practices and training, the conference will foster an interdisciplinary strategy that combines legal, law enforcement, and victim assistance approaches to responding to American Indian victimization. The goal of the conference is to improve how multidisciplinary professionals respond to the rights and needs of American Indian and Alaska Native victims and to improve the handling of cases of family violence and child abuse. More information will be posted at the Tribal Institute Web site.

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