Call for Presentations

Tribal Leaders Summit & Trade Show

You are invited to submit a proposal to share your experience and expertise with colleagues at the 2019 UTTC Tribal Leaders Summit (Summit). Our goal is for people to experience educational, informative, inspirational, and entertaining, professional development while networking with other tribal leaders.

The Summit attracts approximately 700 attendees who represent tribal leadership, and federal and state partners, from throughout the Great Plains and Indian Country. UTTC students attend as part of their college curriculum is held as part of the larger event. Year after year, the Summit has drawn a loyal following of participants eager to learn about innovative ideas, best practices, and relevant approaches, in tribal leadership, governance, and sovereignty.

In 2019, the Tribal Leaders Summit will offer six (6) Conference Tracks, each linked to important issues in Native American governance:

  • Track 1: Economic Development
    Definition: Tribal leaders face unique challenges and opportunities concerning economic development. Proposals in this track should highlight emerging trends/ideas, best practices, and relevant approaches to economic development topics.
  • Track 2: Healthcare
    Definition: This track covers all issues related to the mental, physical and emotional health of people. Proposals would include both western or traditional medicine as well as fusions of both.
  • Track 3: Education
    Definition: Developing, implementing, and evaluating, activities and programs that address education programming. This includes all levels of education from early childhood through graduate school.
  • Track 4: Governance
    Definition: Overseeing all aspects of tribal governance, negotiating with other governmental entities, taxation, founding documents, sovereignty and any other topics related to governance.
  • Track 5: Criminal Justice
    Definition: This track covers all topics related to the field of criminal justice such as police, law enforcement, and judicial topics.
  • Track 6: Culture
    Definition: This track covers all topics related to the field of American Indian culture, language revitalization and language teaching models.

Proposals for the 2019 Conference must link presentation content and learning objectives to one of the above tracks. We are especially interested in presentations that bring new perspectives to share current research concerning these issues. Past attendees expressed a strong desire for presentations that are engaging, enjoyable, and applicable to “real world” examples.

Other desirable features:

  • Leading-edge information and emerging trends in the field of tribal government;
  • Practical strategies for improvement and innovation, and non-traditional approaches;
  • “How to” best practices and case studies, including tangible implementation tool(s); and
  • Demonstration of measurable impacts and effective programming that can be replicated in tribal communities.

Proposal Submission Timeline

Submission process opens:May 23, 2019
Submission process closes:August 1, 2019 deadline for submitting
Notification of acceptance/rejection:August 6, 2019
Conference presentation dates:September 3-5, 2019

Benefits of Speaking

The UTTC Tribal Leaders Summit provides a powerful platform to network with 700+ current and upcoming tribal leaders from across the Great Plains region. As a not-for-profit entity, the UTTC Tribal Leaders Summit does not pay a speaking fee to presenters. Instead, any profit generated from events week goes toward direct scholarships for students. We ask that presenters share their expertise in the spirit of furthering the professional development of their colleagues and contributing to the professionalism of current and future tribal leadership. In exchange, we offer presenters the following:

  • Discounted Presenter Rate
  • Valuable experience presenting at one of the nation’s leading tribal leadership conferences;
  • Access to the Trade Show associated with the Tribal Leaders Summit;
  • Complimentary admission to the 50th Annual UTTC International Powwow;
  • Assistance in shaping the presentation to meet attendee needs and presenter goals;


Each session will last 75 minutes, and we encourage you to leave time in the end for questions.

The Conference always fills up fast! Because of space constraints, all sessions are in rooms set theater style (chairs only; no tables) for maximum occupancy as deemed by the facility and in accordance with local fire safety codes. Presenters should anticipate an audience size of approximately 30 to 120 people per session (more in some cases) and should design their presentation approaches with the facility logistics in mind. Please note that we are unable to modify or alter seating arrangements/set-ups for individual sessions. Rooms are equipped with standardized audio-visual: projection unit/screen and a microphone; any other A/V needs are arranged for by the presenter.

New! Student Research Presentation Competition

Are you a student with a research project? Would you like to share your research results in a shorter format rather than a full conference presentation? Participate in our hybrid poster/oral Student Research Presentation Competition! Students will prepare a 10-minute oral presentation of their research poster, with an additional five minutes for questions.

Why a separate category?
The ability to clearly and concisely articulate complex research to non-specialist audiences is a vital skill for all undergraduate and graduate students. Students participating in this competition will develop communication skills, present their findings and take pride in their work, and have the opportunity to share their research with the broader community. To be eligible, students must a) be an enrolled student in a TCU or public/private college or university and b) have original research to present. Judges will determine the winner based on the clarity and quality of delivery, presentation of research findings, and audience engagement.

To participate in this opportunity, eligible students can fill out the Call for Presentations application by the deadline. Use the learning objectives section to tell us about your research project. Cash prizes will be award for first, second, and third places (First Place $300, Second Place $200, and Third Place $100). Additional details will be provided after interest has been indicated.