top of page

Empowering Tribal Children and Families

September 14-16, 2015
Washington, DC


The 2015 Biennial Conference: Empowering Tribal Children and Families held at the Washington Court Hotel in Washington, DC, from September 14-16, 2015 brought in renowned speakers from across the country to share their knowledge and expertise. Additionally, attendees had the opportunity to meet with leadership from the Administration for Children and Families and the Office of Child Care. Attendees also spent a day on  Capitol Hill meeting with Congressional leaders to discuss the importance of Tribal child care. Scroll down to see more about the 2015 conference.


2015 Guest Speakers

Dr. Walter Gilliam

Associate Professor in the Child Study Center and of Psychology; Director, Yale-China Program on Child Development; Associate Professor of Psychology; Director, The Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy

Linda Smith

Deputy Assistant Secretary and Inter-Departmental Liaison for Early Childhood Development, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

Lisa Murphy

Early Childhood Specialist and Founder and CEO of Ooey Gooey, Inc.

Dr. Barbara Sorrels

Executive Director of The Institute for Childhood Education

Dr. Joshua Sparrow

Director, Brazelton Touchpoints Center, Boston Children’s Hospital; President, Brazelton Touchpoints Foundation;  Associate Professor of Psychiatry, Part-time,  Harvard Medical School

Language and Culture Recognition Awards

At this year's conference, NICCA recognized programs throughout Indian Country that are making great strides in promoting the learning of their Tribal language and the preservation of their Tribal culture and heritage. Click here to see short write-ups of each program or Tribe's efforts. 

Chickasaw Nation Cultural Center
Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma

Pueblo of Santo Domingo
Pueblo of Santo Domingo, New Mexico

United Keetoowah Band Summer Youth Camp
United Keetoowah Band, Oklahoma

Numunu Turetu Early Childhood Development Center (ECDC Program)
Comanche Nation, Oklahoma

Rosebud Sioux Tribe Child Care Services
Rosebud Sioux Tribe, South Dakota

Wyandotte Nation Culture Committee Language Revitalization
Wyandotte Nation, Oklahoma

Muscogee (Creek) Nation
Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma

Lakhol’iyapi Wahohpi Preschool
Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, North and South Dakota

Also recognized were:


Cherokee Nation Child Development Center Infant & Toddler Immersion Class
Cherokee Nation, Oklahoma


Kiowa Child Care Center
Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma

Agenda and Presentations

If you missed the conference, you can explore the agenda and conference materials through our interactive agenda. Click on links throughout the agenda for more information and for session presentation.  To view in full screen or on your mobile device, click here


If you do not wish to use the interactive agenda, click here to get presentations and materials only.


Please note, not all presentations are available as some speakers did not wish to make their presentations public.

Conference Sponsors and Exhibitors

The 2015 NICCA Conference was made possible through conference sponsorships and with the help of exhibitors and their resources.



Muscogee (Creek) Nation, Oklahoma












Arctic Slope Native Association, Alaska







Cachil Dehe Band of Wintun Indians of the Colusa Indian Community, California



Chickasaw Nation, Oklahoma












Delaware Tribe Child Development, Oklahoma

Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, Minnesota















AARP, National









bottom of page