Past conferences

More than 165 tribes have participated since 2011



The 1st Tribal Land Staff National Conference was held in 2011, with a gathering of 100 tribal land staff from every region of the country meeting for the first time as a national group in Las Vegas. Since then, the conference has tripled in size and representatives of more than 165 tribes have attended the event in Minnesota, California, Idaho, New Mexico and Oklahoma.

“I have attended multiple NTLA Tribal Land Staff Conferences, and I can say without a doubt that I have picked up more information to better serve my Tribe and Indian Country, then any other conference in the country.” – Conference Participant

 

 

8TH TRIBAL LAND STAFF NATIONAL CONFERENCE

April 10-12, 2018 in Tulsa, Oklahoma
The 8th Tribal Land Staff National Conference was held at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino in Tulsa, Okla. April 10-12, 2018. Nearly 300 attendees representing 85 tribes participated in the event. Approximately 120 of these attendees and six of the tribes took part in the conference for the first time. Participants were able to learn, share and network with other tribal land staff professionals during conference sessions and networking breaks

The conference’s theme was focused on adapting land management practices in a changing environment. Session topics included Direct to Digital Mapping with Google Earth, Tenants of Tribal Economic Development, Taxation on Tribal Trust Lands, Innovative Models for Consolidating Highly Fractionated Lands, Developing a Food and Agricultural Code and many others.

Click here to access all of the presentations from the 8th Tribal Land Staff Conference.

 

7TH TRIBAL LAND STAFF NATIONAL CONFERENCE

March 21-23, 2017 in New Mexico
The 7th Tribal Land Staff National Conference was held at the Hyatt Regency Tamaya Resort and Spa in Santa Ana Pueblo, New Mexico. It was a record-breaking year with 344 attendees, representing 91 federally recognized tribes. Participants were able to learn, share and network with other tribal land staff professionals during conference sessions, and networking breaks. The conference theme focused on advancing sovereignty and self-determination through tribal land management. Attendees had the opportunity to choose from numerous sessions, including topics focusing on Land and Reality Offices, Cultural and Environmental, and Advancing Sovereignty and Self-Determination.

 

 

6TH TRIBAL LAND STAFF NATIONAL CONFERENCE

March 22-24, 2016 in Idaho
The 6th Tribal Land Staff National Conference was held at the Coeur d’Alene Casino Resort Hotel in Worley, Idaho. It was the first time the conference was held in the Northwest. This enabled tribal land staff from numerous tribes who had not participated in the past to attend  and experience the learning, sharing and networking opportunities the conference is known for. A total of 68 tribes were represented with over 250 attendees in all. Attendees had the opportunity to choose from 21 unique sessions including topics such as: Title Defects and Remedies, Tribal Airspace Rights, Contemporary Land Trusts, Fee-to-Trust – Tribal Acquisitions to Federal Conveyance, Land or Real Property Codes, and Sustainable forestland managements.

 

5TH TRIBAL LAND STAFF NATIONAL CONFERENCE

March 24-26, 2015 in California
The 5th Tribal Land Staff National Conference drew 286 attendees. Land staff from every region attended, representing 79 tribes. As the conference moved to a different part of Indian Country for the second time, it was held at the Pala Casino Spa and Resort in Pala, California. Attendees were offered three full tracks including one track specifically designed  for Continuing Legal Education (CLE); 11 sessions on topics including fee-to-trust, legal description, GIS in the workplace, tribal land title record offices and others; and seven session on the Land Buy-Back Program process.

 

4TH TRIBAL LAND STAFF NATIONAL CONFERENCE

April 8-10, 2014 in Minnesota
The 4th Tribal Land The 2014 Tribal Land Staff National Conference drew 313 attendees. Land staff from every region attended, representing 61 tribes. At the request of conference participants, the conference was moved to a location outside of Las Vegas and into Indian Country for the first time. It was hosted by the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community at the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel near Minneapolis. Attendees were offered three full tracks including one track specifically designed to help tribes navigate the Land Buy-Back Program process.

 

3RD TRIBAL LAND STAFF NATIONAL CONFERENCE

April 2-4, 2013 in Las Vegas
The 3rd Tribal Land Staff National Conference drew more than 280 attendees from more than 80 tribal nations. Once again, training was offered over three days, with opportunities for new and seasoned tribal land staff to learn and share with each other around land and natural resource management issues.

 

2ND TRIBAL LAND STAFF NATIONAL CONFERENCE

April 3-5, 2012 in Las Vegas
The 2nd Tribal Land Staff National Conference drew more than 240 attendees from greater than 75 tribes. The conference was expanded, adding a third day of sessions that provided training on the basics of tribal land management for newer tribal land office staff members. Networking and learning about issues related to reservation land and natural resources management remained a focus at the second conference.

 

1ST TRIBAL LAND STAFF NATIONAL CONFERENCE

April 19-20, 2011 in Las Vegas
The 1st Tribal Land The first Tribal Land Staff National Conference in 2011 drew more than 100 attendees. Land staff from every region too part at the first gathering of its kind, representing more than 40 tribes. Attendees had the opportunity to learn and share information and best practices related to land acquisition and management.