United Tribes Technical College
Tribal Leader Summit

Call for Presentations

Do you have an educational, informative, or inspirational message to share? Before submitting a proposal, be sure your presentation aligns with one of the below conference tracks.

  • Economic Development
  • Physical and Mental Health
  • Education
  • Governance
  • Criminal Justice
  • Culture and Language

The conference tracks represent critical issues that tribal leaders face. All of the tracks are interrelated to one another in terms of tribal leadership. As you prepare your application, consider how the presentation content and learning objectives relate to one of the above tracks.

Sharing your presentation will expose your message to over 700 people who attend Summit from North & South Dakota, the Great Plains, and Indian Country. These attendees represent tribal leaders as well as federal and state partners. In addition, UTTC students attend as part of their curriculum to gain exposure to real-time issues being addressed by tribal leadership.


Benefits of Speaking

As a not-for-profit entity, the UTTC Tribal Leaders Summit does not pay a speaking fee to presenters. Instead, all funds raised during events week go toward direct scholarships for students. We ask that presenters share their expertise in the spirit of furthering the professional development of their colleagues and the contributing to the professionalism of current and future tribal leadership. In exchange, we offer presenters the following:


  • Waived registration fee
  • Valuable experience presenting at one of the nation’s leading tribal leadership conferences
  • Networking opportunities with and visibility to 700+ conference attendees
  • Access to the Trade Show associated with the Tribal Leaders Summit
  • Complementary admission to the UTTC International Powwow
  • Assistance in shaping the presentation to meet attendee needs and presenter goals

Proposal Submission Timeline

Submission process opens:March 7th
Submission process closes:May 9th  May 27
Notification of acceptance/rejection:June 1st
Conference presentation dates:September 6th – 8th

Ready to submit your proposal?

The application window has now closed. For additional inquiries please contact Francine McDonald at fmcdonald@uttc.edu


First, review the guidelines found on the below link. After the submission window closes, UTTC will notify you of the status of your application.

At the bottom of this page you will find contact information. Reach out to us if you have any questions.

    Student Research Presentations

    Students with original research may share their findings in a short Student Research Presentaion Competition. The 15-minute presentation includes a 10-minute oral presentation of their research poster, and a 5-minute Q&A session. 

    Cash prizes will be awarded for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places. 


    Questions about Presentations:

    Francine McDonald


    (701) 221 – 1443

    Questions about the Summit:

    Sheri Becker


    (701) 221 – 1868

    Questions about Student Presentations:

    Jeremy Guinn