Announcing the Seminole Tribe of Florida Native Learning Center's Sixth Annual Summer Conference

The Seminole Tribe of Florida’s Native Learning Center is thrilled for its Sixth Annual Summer Conference for promoting strong and safe Tribal communities hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida on June 3-5, 2014.
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HOLLYWOOD, Fla. - April 28, 2014 - PRLog -- The Native Learning Center (NLC), a Seminole Tribe of Florida program dedicated to the development of cultural and quality of life skills for all Native and Indigenous people, is pleased to present its Sixth Annual Summer Conference: Promoting Strong and Safe Tribal Communities hosted by the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida, June 3 – 5, 2014.

Growing strong and safe communities requires knowledge and strategies to develop sustainable housing initiatives, preserve language and culture, encourage financial wellness, and write grant proposals. Over the course of this three-day conference participants will be educated on topics related to culture revitalization, sustainable housing, grants education, Tribal government, and financial wellness.

This year the NLC is pleased to collaborate with Oweesta to host the next Building Native Communities: Financial Skills for Families, 4th edition, Certified Instructor Training. This training will offer a three-day, state-of-the-art instructor training and certification program to help Native CDFIs, Tribes, and other Native organizations establish and sustain financial education programs in their communities. Visit the Sixth Annual Summer Conference for registration details.

“The 6th Annual Summer Conference will provide an ideal forum to come together, stimulate ideas, establish collaborations, and initiate discussions in promoting strong and safe Tribal communities in Indian Country.” – Georgette Palmer Smith, (Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma/Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma) Executive Director of the Native Learning Center.

The Sixth Annual Summer Conference sessions include, but are not limited to:

“Substance Abuse: A Counter Culture to Tradition” - Instructors Mark Panasiewicz and Carrie Paquette, will combine Hope Works’ Enablement Prevention Program (EPP) interactive presentation where participants can reach out, share and receive experience, and knowledge. This session will educate on how drug abuse and enablement help destroy culture and break down traditions.

“Work Rewards: Find Out How the Earned Income Tax Credit Can Help Your Community” – Instructors Patsy Schramm (Cherokee Nation) and Yvonneda Thompson (Cheyenne) will educate participants how to start or expand a volunteer free income tax preparation program to help individuals claim the Earned Income oofj Tax Credit and build assets to enhance community economic growth. Take advantage of the nation’s largest anti-poverty program, lifting over 6 million people from poverty each year.

“Grants A to Z: RFP Preparation” – Instructors Ben Ray III(Big Valley Band of Pomo Indians/ Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma) and Elizabeth Howe (Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe) will instruct participants how to research, prepare, and submit a Request for Proposal (RFP) that is tailored to the specific nature of the agency providing potential funding. The presentation will break down the mystery of grant writing, and tell a compelling story based on needs.

“Walking the Four Directions – A Cultural View of Supervision” – Instructor Alan Rabideau (Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa) will explore how the four cardinal directions or “Medicine Wheel” can be used as a framework that parents, teachers, youth service workers, or others that work with Tribal youth can use to help them define style of parenting, discipline, or leadership that is strength-based, non-confrontational, and culturally-sensitive. Attend this session that has also been used by Tribal TANF, Tribal Social Services Workers, and Tribal Housing Residential Specialists.

To register for the Sixth Annual Summer Conference:  Promoting Strong and Safe Tribal Communities and view agenda, visit: .

The Native Learning Center (NLC) is an educational resource that offers Native and Indigenous people the opportunity to gain knowledge and skills that improve quality of life through housing related educational programs.  The NLC hosts conferences and individual courses that bring Native and Indigenous people together to discuss vital topics that promote cultural development within Indian Country.  In cooperation with the Housing and Urban Development Office, Eastern Woodlands Office of Native American Programs (EWONAP), and various Native American trainers throughout Indian Country, the NLC developed areas of concentration to complement current national organizations that support EWONAP’s mission to promote development of native housing and housing related activities. For more information, visit, or contact US at (954) 985-2300.

Contact: Christina Gonzalez at (954) 985-2300 ext. 10691 or via e-mail at:

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