2019 Minnesota Indian Housing Conference

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2019 Conference Agenda at a Glance


Wednesday, August 21, 2019


7:00 – 8:30 am            Breakfast Check-in

8:45 –10:00 am           Opening Ceremony

                                    Rick Smith, White Earth Band of Ojibwe

                                    Mike Goze, Ho-Chunk Nation                                  

                                    Welcome Address

                                    President, Shelley Buck, Prairie Island Sioux Community

10:00 – 10:30am         Keynote

                                    Lt Governor, Peggy Flanagan, State of Minnesota

10:30 – 11:45am         Sessions of Choice

  • The Role Elders Play in Native American Communities
  • Single Family Home and Home Improvement Financing along with a special focus on Modular, Manufactured, & Mobil Home Financing.
  • Multifamily Housing Development - 2020 and beyond                             

12:00 – 1:15pm            Lunch

1:30 – 3:00 pm             Sessions of Choice

  • Transitional Housing; A Collaboration of Multiple Tribal Departments in Creating Effect Housing For Tribal Members.
  • Building Capacity for a Successful Homeownership Program
  • Development Compliance & Asset Management

3:15 – 4:45 pm             Sessions of Choice

  • Understanding NAHASDA
  • Minnesota Housing Single Family Products, & Enterprises, Programs Toward Enhancing and Implementing Homeownership Programs in Native Communities
  • Loving Youth out of Homelessness A New Look at a Traditional Practice

5:30 – 7:00 pm             Dinner and Conversations


Thursday, August 22nd, 2019


7:00 – 8:10am            Breakfast / Opening Check-In

                                    Linda McGraw-Adams, Red Lake Housing Authority

8:10 – 8:50am            General Session:

                                    Regional Administrator, Mark Butterfield

                                    Office of Native American Programs Eastern Woodlands

Wells Fargo’s, Cora Gaane, Senior Vice President  & National Tribal Philanthropy Leader Corporate Philanthropy and Community Relations

9:00 – 10:30am           Housing Issues & Needs on and off Tribal Lands, Tribal Leadership Panel

                                     Nicci Lehto, Secretary, Prairie Island Tribal Council

                                     Robert Smith, Councilman, Red Lake Band of Chippewa

                                     Sam Strong, Secretary, Red Lake Band of Chippewa,
                                     Robert Larsen, President, Lower Sioux Community

10:40am – 12:00 pm   Sessions of Choice

  • Homebuyers Education in Indian Country
  • The Minnesota Tribal Collaborative & Its Work on Homelessness
  • Opportunities for Increasing Economic Prosperity & Improving Infrastructure for Essential Community Services

12:00 – 1:30 pm          Lunch / Making Positive Change – Recognitions of Special People

1:45 – 3:15 pm            Sessions of Choice

  • Cyber and Work Place Security (Part One)
  • Healthy Living and Safe Housing
  • Housing Commissioners Roles & Responsibility

3:20 – 4:40 pm             Sessions of Choice     

  • The Gift - When Tribes and Native Urban Agencies Come Together - Ain Dah Yung
  • Cyber and Work Place Security (Part Two)                              

5:30 – 7:00 pm             Dinner & Conversations


Friday, August 23rd, 2019


7:00 – 8:10am             Breakfast / Hotel Checkout                         

8:10 – 8:30 am            Opening Check-In                        

8:30 – 10:30 am          Tribal Supportive Housing: A Decade Plus in Review

                                    Moderator: Amy Stetzel State Director, Corporation of Supportive Housing

Minnesota Tribal Nations where the first in the nation to develop and run supportive housing units and programming specific to Native Americans on and off Tribal lands.  Come hear from the partners involved in this work on what those developments look like today and what we’ve learned along the way.

Countinued with A Bridge into the Future

We will discuss strengths and opportunities, new funding and programming opportunities, and what the future holds for Tribal Supportive Housing both on and off Reservations in Minnesota.

10:30 – 11:30 am          What is the Current & Future for Funding Indian Housing Look Like

                                    Presented by Kevin Fitzgibbons, Principle at Fitzgibbons Consulting

11:30                            Closing