2019 Tribal Border Summit Set for Jan. 24 & 25

Published January 19, 2019

TUCSON, Ariz. — America’s borders (southern, northern and Alaskan) have cut across native lands, isolating the people from these important familial and cultural centers.  With the debate over immigration continuing to heat up, American Indian tribes are once again caught in the middle—between U.S. border policy and access to important tribal lands, which are sometimes in other countries.

To address border issues tribes may be need to confront, the Pascua Yaqui Tribe, the Tohono O’odham Nation and the National Congress of American Indians, welcomes tribal leaders and their designees to the 2019 Tribal Border Summit.

While these issues vary surrounding immigration and border security in the United States today, the 2019 Summit will focus on the following three topic areas:

  1. Border Crossings of Tribal Citizens.
  2. Inspections of Tribal Religious or Cultural Items.
  3. Impacts on Language, Culture, Resources and Traditional Customs.

The Summit was created to bring together tribal leaders and their designees from across the country for an informed discussion surrounding the chosen topic areas and develop a proposal to address all tribal nations’ concerns. Tribal nations along our borders (northern, southern, and Alaska) seek to work together to protect their sovereignty, religious freedoms, and cultures and traditions. We look forward to the informative panels and an active discussion among tribal leaders in Tucson, AZ this January. You can register for the Summit here.

WHAT:   Tribal Border Summit 2019

WHEN:   January 23 and 24, 2019

WHERE:  Casino Del Sol Resort & Conference Center, Tucson, Arizona


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