National Indian Parent Information Center (NIPIC)

Strengthening the Circle:
Including children and young adults with disabilities

Hotel Information:
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
8235 Northeast Airport Way
Portland, Oregon
Phone: (503) 249-7606
Sheraton Portland Airport Hotel
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Conference 2013 Pictures

Gene Tagaban

Key Note Speaker: Gene Tagaban

About the Conference

Each year the National Native American Parent Center presents an annual conference for Native American family members, tribal leaders, health professionals, mental health professionals, tribal, public school professionals, and others who are interested in ensuring the special education needs for Native American students who are ages 0 – 26.

This year's conference will be held in Portland Oregon in the beautiful Pacific Northwest.

Workshops focus on strategies and methods to increase outcomes for Native American students with disabilities, and increase parent involvement in the special education process. We offer information on best practices working with Native American students with disabilities to produce successful educational outcomes. This conference will provide information on: successful strategies that promote collaborative relationships between tribes, schools, and families; successful methods in positive behavioral interventions, the latest research and data on effective classroom practices and strategies for Native American students.

Conference Goals:

  • Families will gain skills to increase their ability to advocate for their child in the special education process
  • Families will learn stress reduction techniques.
  • Professionals and parents will gain knowledge about:
    • Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA)
    • Tips for participation in the IEP & IFSP process
    • Positive Behavioral interventions
    • Parent leadership skills
    • Successful strategies for improved educational outcomes for children with disabilities

Parent scholarships are available for Native American parents. Go to our website to down load the scholarship form.

We would like to encourage PTI and CPRC multicultural outreach staff to attend.

Key Note Speaker: Gene Tagaban

Ronalda Tome


Gene Tagaban
Ravendreaming Productions
“Dreaming Of a World in Which We Want To Belong”
Inspirational Performer, Speaker, Facilitator, Storyteller

Gene Tagaban, “One Crazy Raven” is an inspirational speaker, performer, and storyteller. He is a trainer and board member for the Native Wellness Institute. He has been a featured teller at the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN, the 12th Annual Storytelling Festival in Kansas City, MO and the Bay Area Storytelling festival in Berkley, CA. He can be seen on Northwest Indian News and Native Entertainment Network. He is also featured in the films “Shadow of the Salmon” and Sherman Alexie’s “The Business of Fancydancing.” He was honored to perform with the Dalai Lama in the presence of an audience of 16,000 children at the “Seeds of Compassion” gathering in Seattle. WA and the Nature Conservancies 50th anniversary with Jane Goodall. Gene’s foremost passion is teaching. Using his gift of storytelling, dance, and music, he travels across the country performing, presenting, and facilitating workshops on suicide prevention, empowerment, leadership, relationship-building, communication skills, selfawareness, spirit and honor to participants of all ages.

Gene Tagaban has twenty years experience as a performing artist, speaker, trainer, and motivator. Gene’s passion for his work shines through in his polished, powerful yet playful manner of engaging participants. Believing that learning and laughter go hand-in-hand, he educates and entertains through a skillful blend of knowledge, humor, examples, stories, discussion, and activities. His very “real” and genuine approach often turns even the most reluctant attendee into an eager participant. He’s not afraid to get personal. By openly sharing his traditions, culture and past experiences, Gene helps audiences identify and laugh at their own faults while simultaneously sparking in them a desire to improve.

Gene Tagaban
Ravendreaming Productions,

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