Speakers for opening of conference: (left to right) Alfred Urbina, Chief Prosecutor of the Pascua Yaqui Tribe of Arizona, Cordelia Clapp, RN, BSN, from the Pawnee Nation, Joyce Guerrero, Vice Chairperson of the PBPN, Robert Stuart, First Assistant for U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Nebraska, and Thomas Beall, First Assistant for U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Kansas.
MAYETTA, KANSAS – On Wednesday and Thursday topics involved with protecting and empowering families in Indian Country were discussed at the 2014 Indian Country Conference held at the Prairie Band Casino & Resort, which is owned and operated by the Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation.
“One in four Native American women will be raped in their lifetime,” said Barry Grissom, U.S. Attorney for the District of Kansas, at today’s conference, “and we can’t continue to let this happen.” Grissom also discussed how important the annual Indian Country Conference is and as long as he is in office it will continue to be held.
Throughout the conference there were discussions on how to treat victims of family violence or sexual assault and the elderly through collaborating with agencies at the local, state and federal level.
Another highlight of the conference was learning how to utilize new protective laws like the 2013 Violence Against Women Reauthorization Act and the 2010 Tribal Law and Order Code.
A presentation titled Collaboration: Working Together-Victim Advocates and Law Enforcement was given today by (left to right) John Calvert, Daniel Goombi and Terry Clark. Calvert and Clark are with the Potawatomi Tribal Police Department and Goombi is a specialist with the PBPN Tribal Victim Services program.
The conference was sponsored by the U.S. Attorneys’ offices in the Districts of Kansas, Nebraska and Northern Iowa, the Bureau of Indian Affairs, the Office for Victims of Crime (DOJ), the Prairie Band Potawatomi Tribal Victim Services program and the Kansas Law Enforcement Training program.