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Day 1 Materials

Grounded in Tradition, Resilient in Spirit


Welcome Ceremony

Welcome Fredericka Joseph, SAIGE Board of Directors Chair

Virtual Posting of the Colors

Honoring Song, Prayer Tilford Brown

Warrior Society Overview Danny Garceau, Director, SAIGE Warrior Society

Technical Overview Williamson Creative Agency LLC


Keynote Speaker

Bazile Panek, Student of Native American Studies, Northern Michigan University

Rita Aguilar, Office of Personnel Management

10:30-10:45 Break


Indians 101: Understanding the Basics

Federal Indian Law/Indian Country

Jay Spaan, SAIGE Vice-Chair, Executive Director, Self-Governance Communication & Education (SGCE) Tribal Consortium

11:30-12:30 Lunch


Maintaining Your Cultural Values in the Workplace 

Professional Development

Dr. James Pete, Guyaushk & Associates

1:15-1:30 Break


Promoting Diversity and Inclusion in Your Organization

EEO, Diversity & Inclusion

Cynthia Dunn, EDI Director, TE/GE, Internal Revenue Service

2:15-2:30 Break


Guidelines for Considering Traditional Knowledge in Climate Change Initiatives

Culture/Natural Resources

Don Motanic, Technical Specialist, Intertribal Timber Council



Wrap up/announcements

General Track 

9-3:30 MDT

June 21

Centering Leadership in Tradition

Bazile Panek


SAIGE Student Alumni Career Presentations

Rosemary Reano, Jared Wahkinney, Julian Guerrero, Stephanie Collier


Best Laid Plans: Unpredictable Destinations for American Indian and Alaska Native Professionals

Jared Hautamaki


U.S. Environmental Protection Agency

Roundtable Career Discussion

Clarence Johnson | DoD, Teri Scott | State Department, Harry Smith | OSMRE, Mychal Yellowman | USDA


The Warrior Within- DJ Vanas, Native Discovery Inc.

DJ Vanas


Career Opportunities in EPA's Emergency Response Program

Kim Churchill, Jon Gulch, Jackie Cole, Tricia Edwards


Environmental Protection Agency

SAIGE Student Alumni Panel and Discussion

Rosemary Reano, Jared Wahkinney, Julian Guerrero, Stephanie Collier



Bryan Newland

Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs


U.S. Department of Interior


Heather Dawn Thompson

Director of the Office of Tribal Relations (OTR)


U.S. Department of Agriculture, Tribal food Sovereignty

Seven Generations and Seven Grandfather Teachings

James Vukelich


Accessing American Indian and Alaska Native Statistics

Dee Alexander & Eric Coyle


U.S. Census Bureau

Implications for Tribes of the McGirt Supreme Court Decision, Luke Jones moderates and introduces session

Stacy Leeds


Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Arizona State University

Virtual Social Event

OPen House

6-8pm MDT

Get to know the Board


Let’s Talk About It

Music by Tyler Dettloff, blues musician

Youth Track

10-3:30pm MDT

10:00-10:05 Welcome

SAIGE Youth Director, JoAnn Brant


Pathways Programs for Students and Recent Graduates

Karlos Deltora, Human Resource Manager at Office of Personnel Management


How to Become a Leader in Your Community

Nieva M. S. Brock, Associate General Counsel, Administrative Law and Litigation Division, Office of the General Counsel of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

11:30 -12:30 Lunch is provided by virtual gift card for registered Youth Track participants

12:30- 1:15 TBA



The impact of Historical Trauma and Residential School

Sade Ali, Retired Deputy Commissioner of Philadelphia Department of Behaviors Health and Intellectual Disability Services

Shannon Francis, Spirit of the Sun


2:30- 3:15                      

Honoring With Action

A look into the recent growth, triumphs, and impacts of our voice as an indigenous community. This discussion with our student leaders will focus on their experience taking action. We will provide tools about becoming advocates as well as lessons learned by SAIGE Youth Leaders.

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