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From Honolulu to Canada to Minnesota, numerous Indigenous events are taking place in 2022.

Many of the events offer optional virtual access congruent with the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic such as the 40th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference in Florida. And some are returning after canceling or postponing dates in 2021 like the Gathering of Nations Powwow in New Mexico.

Notably, the midterm elections will take place Tuesday, Nov. 8.

Here are some key dates to keep an eye on. 


Jan. 27. Indigenous Women Entrepreneurs: Are you Ready for Entrepreneurship?, a webinar hosted by Alberta Women Entrepreneurs. Topics like if owning a business is right for you and if it’s a good time to start a business will be discussed. - Read more

Jan 31. Indigenous Enough, an online event consisting of a circle discussion for “anyone who has ever felt not quite ‘Indigenous enough.’” - Read more


Feb. 2. Decolonizing Research: A Conversation with Indigenous Scholars, an online event by USC Visions and Voices: The Arts and Humanities Initiative. The discussion will be “addressing the fraught relationship between indigenous scholars and the institutions that often erase them.” - Read more

Feb. 10-11. Tribal Water Law Conference, an in-person event in Fort McDowell, Arizona. The event will provide “important updates on the most critical water issues facing Native American communities today. Hear from Tribes, attorneys, government leaders, academia, and environmental specialists.” - Read more

Feb. 14-16. Native Youth Leadership Summit 2022. The event is for “youth leaders to meet, develop strategies, and to provide a platform to formulate strategies for improving local/tribal communities through policy action and the resolution process.” - Read more

Feb. 14. 2022 State of Indian Nations. The event will consist of the “President of the National Congress of American Indians presenting the State of Indian Nations address to members of Congress, government officials, tribal leaders and citizens, and the American public.” - Read more

Feb. 19-22. Ninth Annual Tribal General Manager & Casino Executive Exchange in New Orleans, Louisiana. The event was made to bring “managers and casino management from tribal-owned casinos with moderators, smaller groups, peer-to-peer talks, and plenty of networking options. This event at the C-Level is intended for participants to build partnerships and to share information with industry colleagues.” - Read more

Feb. 22- 24. 4th Annual Seminole Tribe of Florida Renewable Energy and Sustainability Conference, an in-person event in Hollywood, Florida with a virtual option. The conference will focus on the “newly changing landscape for tribal energy development and sustainability, including best practices, federal leadership, policy, and regulatory changes, funding a project, and project planning/development trends.” - Read more.

Feb. 22. Share the Mic: Indigenous Knowledge–Aboriginal Artists & Law, an online event by Fowler Museum at UCLA. It will consist of “Indigenous cultural ownership experts discuss the biggest challenges Indigenous Australians face protecting intellectual property.” - Read more

Feb. 22-25. National Tribal Preservation Conference. The 22nd annual event is virtual. This year's theme is "Unity and Healing." The conference is free for Native people - Read more


March 1. 5th Annual Indigenous Hemp Conference, an in-person event in Callaway, Minnesota. “Before the start of the farming conference, join us for a day of learning, networking, and workshopping. Local and regional hemp experts will join us to discuss the possible roles hemp can for tribal economies.”- Read more

March 5. 2022 PBR Global Cup USA in Arlington, Texas - Read more

March 5-6. Heard Museum Guild Indian Fair & Market. One of the largest Native art markets takes place in Phoenix. - Read more

March 7. Webinar on Indigenous Research Methods by Dr. Shawn Wilson, an online event about “bridging understanding between traditional Indigenous knowledge and western academia.” - Read more

March 9. Our oceans: A deep dive on indigenous issues. The event is “a University of Bath Institute for Policy Research (IPR) lecture. Part of the ongoing public event series, 'Our oceans: A deep dive'.” - Read more

March 17. Omamoo Wango Gamik : Creating a home for Indigenous youth, a webinar from CBRCanada about “an Indigenous-led program to end homelessness for Indigenous youth.”- Read more

March 18-21. Denver March Powwow in the Denver Coliseum featuring more than 1,500 dancers from almost 100 tribes. - Read more 

March 21-22. 14th Annual Tribal Casino and Hotel Development Conference in Chandler, Arizona. The conference is dedicated to “design and development of Tribal-owned casinos, resorts and hotels.” - Read more

March 22-24. An Office of the Administration for Children and Families Indigenous Programs Conference will be held virtually. The event is open for ACF grant recipients with funding in Fiscal Year 2021. The event will allow “ACF grant recipients to exchange ideas and provide feedback to federal staff, learn more about grant management best practices, and explore ACF resources to support grant programs working with Native communities.” - Read more

March 26- 27. World Championship Hoop Dance contest, an event hosted by the Heard Museum in Phoenix, Arizona. - Read more

World champion hoop dancer Scott Sixkiller Sinquah performing at the Heard Museum. (Photo courtesy of Heard Museum Facebook page)


April 1. 18th Annual American Indian Disability Summit, an in-person event in Phoenix, Arizona. - Read more

April 3-5. 40th Native American Finance Officers Association annual conference, an in-person event in Seattle, Washington about “the support of the advancement of independent and culturally vibrant American Indian and Alaska Native communities.”- Read more

April 3-6. 40th Annual Protecting Our Children Conference, an in-person event in Orlando, Florida and virtual. Child welfare and well-being is addressed with keynote speakers from federal officials and youth who experienced child welfare systems. - Read more

April 5-7. Healing Together Conference, an in-person event in Brooks, California with virtual options. “Native Dad’s Network is proud to be working in concert with the Native Wellness Institute, White Bison, and the Native American Fatherhood and Families Association to share high-level Indigenous programming with Tribal communities around the world.” - Read more

April 10-12. Annual AISES Leadership Summit, an in-person event at the Pechanga Resort & Casino in Temecula, California. The summit is for “students from high school through postdoctoral – as well as emerging and mature professionals – who want to hone the myriad skills they need to be at their best in a rapidly changing world.” - Read more

April 13-15. Honoring Our Education 37th Annual Minnesota Indian Education Association, an in-person event in Prior Lake, Minnesota. “This conference attendance is integral to the Indian Education staff, Parent Advisory committee members, students, and especially those administrators who have accepted the monies for Indian Education in your district.” - Read more

April 19-22. National Indian Gaming Association, an in-person event in Anaheim, California that is the “largest gathering of tribal leaders and casino executives in the country, the Indian Gaming Tradeshow & Convention is both the meeting place where the community gathers to learn, network and exchange industry-specific ideas and a cultural celebration of success, strength and self-reliance.”- Read more

April 25. United Nations Indigenous peoples session. The theme of the Twenty-First session is: “Indigenous peoples, business, autonomy and the human rights principles of due diligence including free, prior and informed consent.” - Read more

April 26- May 6. United Nations Forum in New York City. - Read more

Mark Trahant interviews Ernie Stevens, Chairman of the National Indian Gaming Association, July 18, 2021. (Photo by Aliyah Chavez, Indian Country Today)

April 28-30. The Gathering of Nations Powwow will be at the New Mexico State Fairground in Albuquerque. The event brings together “over 3,000 traditional singers and dancers, The Indian Traders Market, Native foods, TeePee Village, Native foods, Roving performers, Stage 49 (contemporary music and performance space, Traditional Horse and Rider Regalia Parade, the Crowning of Miss Indian World and more.” - Read more 


May 5. MMIWG Day - Read more from last year's coverage. 

MMIW Billings Montana - Adrian Jawort (1)

May 9-12. National Indian Health Board 2022 National Tribal Public Health Summit. The event will be virtual. - Read more

May 17-19. NAIHC Annual Convention & Tradeshow in Seattle, Washington. The event will “promote and support American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians in their self- determined goal to provide culturally relevant and quality affordable housing for native people.” - Read more

May 22-25. Fifth Annual Conference on Native American Nutrition, an in-person event in Prior Lake, Minnesota - “about food and nutrition of Indigenous Peoples.” - Read more


June 9-10. College Board’s NASAI: Native American Student Advocacy Institute conference at the Sheraton Grand at Wild Horse Pass in Phoenix, Arizona. The event consists of “Education professionals from across the nation to discuss new solutions and approaches that will help Native students succeed.” - Read more

June 12-16. National Congress of American Indians Mid-year Conference and Marketplace in Anchorage, Alaska. - Read more

June 14-16. 2022 Turtle Island Indigenous Science Conference, an in-person and online access from the University of Manitoba, faculty of science. The event will explore “Indigenous scientific legacy and the value of the application of two-eyed seeing to modern science today.” -Read more

June 14-15. 15th Annual Native American Economic Development Conference Temecula, California. The event is categorized as “through a variety of panels and interactive discussions, attendees will engage with experts focusing on economic diversification.” - Read more

June 14-15. 12th Annual Native American Healthcare Conference in Temecula, California. “Healthcare directors, decision-makers and tribal leaders will hear from the industry’s top experts on preventative disease, wellness and other health-related topics facing Indian Country.” - Read more

June 14-15. 10th Annual Native American Housing Conference in Temecula, California. “Through a series of panels and roundtable discussions, attendees will hear from top experts in the housing field on the state of housing in Native America and explore programs aimed at helping you serve your entire community.” - Read more

June 14-15. 7th Native American Cannabis & Hemp Conference in Temecula, California. “Industry experts will come together with tribal leaders and decision makers to share information regarding the evolving legal landscape of the cannabis and hemp industries throughout the country.”- Read more

June 16-18. 8th Stabilizing Indigenous Languages and 12th American Indian/Indigenous Teacher Education Conference Honoring Indigenous Languages and Cultures, an in-person hybrid conference at Northern Arizona University’s Flagstaff, Arizona campus with a virtual option. - Read more


July 17-23. NABI Educational Youth Summit & Basketball Invitational in Phoenix, Arizona. - Read more

The new NABI jersey for the 2021 tournament. (Photo by Dalton Walker/Indian Country Today)


Aug. 9 - International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples 2021. The United Nations has yet to announce information for the virtual commemoration. 

Aug. 21-22. Santa Fe Indian Market in Santa Fe, New Mexico. - Read more

Santa Fe Annual Indian Market in full bloom.


Sept. 13-14. ​​13th Annual Tribal Casino & Hotel Development Conference in Fort McDowell, Arizona. The conference is “dedicated to the design and development of Tribal-owned casinos, resorts and hotels.​​” - Read more

Sept. 25-29. National Indian Health Board 2022 National Tribal Health Conference and 50th Anniversary Celebration in Washington, DC. - Read more


Oct. 5-8. National Indian Education Association 2021 Annual Convention and Trade Show in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

Oct. 6-8. 2022 AISES National Conference in Palm Springs, California. The event focuses on “educational, professional, and workforce development for Indigenous peoples of North America and the Pacific Islands in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) studies and careers.” - Read more

Oct. 10: Indigenous Peoples’ Day. Everyday is Indigenous Peoples’ Day. - Read more from events in 2021 that were celebrated.

Oct. 13-16. Arctic Circle Assembly in Reykjavík, Iceland. Registration will open early June. - Read more


Oct. 25-27. International Conference of Indigenous Archives, Libraries, and Museums at the Pechanga Resort in Temecula, California. - Read more

Oct. 24-27. 24th Annual American Indian Tourism Conference in Funner, California. The event provides “networking opportunities, the high-level keynote sessions and the informative breakout sessions led by some of the leading hospitality industry experts.” - Read more

Oct. 27-29. Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science’s National Diversity in stem conference in San Juan, Puerto Rico. The event will consist of “STEM research, professional development sessions, motivational keynote speakers, and the Graduate School & Career Expo Hall, as well as multicultural celebrations and traditions, and an inclusive and welcoming community of peers, mentors, and role models.” - Read more

Oct. 30 - Nov. 4. National Congress of American Indians 79th Annual Convention & Marketplace in Sacramento, California - Read more


All month: Native American Heritage Month. Celebrate! - Read more from 2021 celebrations.

Nov. 8: Election Day. Be sure to register to vote. Some states allow same-day registration while others require early registration. Check your local county office.

Election worker Mike Vanderpool inspect mail-in ballots to be sure they are signed, at the Sacramento County Registrar of Voters Office in Sacramento, Calif., Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. Tuesday is last day for California voters to cast their ballots in the California recall election that could remove Gov. Gavin Newsom from the governor's office. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)


Dec. 5-6. Eighth Native American Leadership Forum — West in Waikiki, Hawaii, Hawaii. The event will consist of “tribal leaders, board members, tribal enterprise executives and industry executives (who) will gather for two days and learn valuable leadership skills”- Read more

Dec. 6–9. 17th National Indian Nations: Justice for Victims of Crime Conference, an in-person event on the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians Reservation in California. It will center on“the unique needs of American Indian and Alaska Native crime victims and provide training for victim service providers; law enforcement officials; prosecutors; judges; medical and mental health professionals; social workers; and victim advocates at the tribal, federal, state, and local levels.” - Read more

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