Please add your input on possible conference themes by emailing or visiting the "ATALM National Planning Council" Facebook Group. You may select your top three from the suggestions below or offer a new suggestion. A final decision will be made by March 1.

The theme of the conference needs to be a short, powerful, impactful statement that describes the objectives of the conference. For example, in 2016, one of the objectives of the conference was to engage more tribal leaders in making cultural programs a priority so the theme selected was “Culture Builds Communities.” In 2017, the theme "Native Strong" was an outcome of the artwork selected and was a reflection of the changing cultural landscape.

Other themes discussed include:

•The Changing Landscape: More mainstream organizations are starting to understand the importance of working with tribal institutions. More tribal institutions are increasing their professionalism. More tribal leaders are focusing on culture. The game is changing. Work from the inside out brings change. Native tribes come together for common goals. Standing Rock as an example. Recent presidential and congressional leadership changes need to be acknowledged.

o “Game Changers”
o “Cultural Revolution”
o “Cultural Evolution”
o “Changing World Views: The Power of Culture”
o “Change Happens: Thriving in Uncertain Times”
o “The Challenge of Change: Stronger Together”

•Transfer of Knowledge/Different Ways of Knowing: The preservation, revitalization, and advancement of tribal cultures relies on the transfer of knowledge which is not always conveyed in traditional methods. It is important to focus on oral histories, language preservation, and artistic expressions. How do we mediate knowledge-how science sometimes goes against traditional knowledge? Multiple Knowledges (Every community has a different knowledge system) must be recognized and honored.

o “Scaffolds of Knowledge: The Role of Tribal Archives, Libraries, and Museums”
o “Ways of Knowing, Ways of Seeing: Reaffirming Indigenous Knowledge”
o “Knowledge Bridges Communities”
o “Traditional Knowledge in the 21st Century”
o “Knowledge Builds Communities”
o Indigenous Communities: Preserving, Sustaining and Living Knowledge
o “(Ac)Knowledging Shared Solutions”

•People Hold the Power: How do we create a more informed citizen through our culture; our libraries, archives, and museums? Knowledge? How do we share knowledge and what knowledge do we share? How do we effectively engage every tribal member in furthering culture? How do we create a more informed citizenry and knowledge? It is all about community.

o “Culture: Connecting, Engaging, and Empowering Tribal Communities”
o “Got Problems? Culture is the Answer”
o “The Past Holds the Power. The Future Holds the Promise.”

•Culture Preserves Sovereignty: No tribe is truly sovereign unless it is in control of its culture (Walter Echo-Hawk). How can the ATALM conferences continue to reach out to tribal leaders?

o “Self-Determination through Culture”
o “A Convergence of Cultures: Strength Through Diversity”

ATALM 2018 Conference

October 8-11, 2018
Mystic Lake Center
2400 Mystic Lake Boulevard
Prior Lake, MN 55372