2024 National Tribal TANF Institute

Native American grandmother teaching grandson to play drum

Event Date

UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Ln, Davis, CA 95616

Forever Native: Preserving Our Culture for the Next Generation

Now in its 19th year, the Institute brings together Tribal TANF staff from across the country for a unique educational experience. Our 2024 theme, “Forever Native: Preserving Our Culture for the Next Generation” will emphasize the importance of honoring tribal values, cultures and traditions while also embracing new ideas, practices and innovations to make our native communities stronger for future generations. We’ll also explore programs, opportunities and resources for tribal youth and young adults to help them transition into thriving adulthood.

For the first time in several years, the 2024 Institute will be held in person on the University of California, Davis, campus—an ideal place to learn, explore ideas and expand our thinking!

Online registration has closed, but on-site registration will be available on the day of the event.

What to Expect at the 2024 Institute

  • Gain culturally appropriate professional development skills
  • Foster and encourage collaboration and interaction between tribal communities
  • Learn best practices in service delivery to those in need in our communities
  • Celebrate the diversity of culture and experience of institute participants and their sovereign nations

Who Should Attend

We welcome case managers, case assistants, employment counselors, training coordinators, intake specialists, wellness and prevention staff, youth development coordinators, supervisors, community partners, program managers, directors, tribal council members and elders. We can all find opportunities for professional development and organizational growth at the Institute.

2024 Institute Program Agenda

Keynote Speakers and Instructors

Our list of outstanding speakers and instructors is quickly growing! 

Our Institute faculty make up a team of experienced trainers in human services professional and organizational development and community building, and many of them have decades of experience working directly with tribal organizations and Native communities.

Workshop Tracks

The Institute will offer four distinct tracks designed to support staff in various levels of experience and roles:

101 Track - Designed to introduce case managers to the nuts and bolts of the federal TANF program, including case management best practices and strategies to address common barriers to client success and long-term self-sufficiency. 

General Workforce Development – Designed to equip professionals with tools to foster inclusive workplaces and navigate complex, evolving work environments.

Advanced Case Management Track - Designed for the more experienced workers, looking to further their skills and abilities to provide solutions to specific challenges faced in communities they serve. 

Supervision, Management & Leadership Track – Designed for supervisors, managers and leaders seeking to elevate their expertise in overseeing, managing and leading teams, empowering leaders at all levels with the strategic tools and visionary insight needed to drive impactful change.

Program Highlights

  • Opening keynote from Crystal Martinez-Alire
  • Annual Welcome Dinner – July 15
  • Closing Keynote from Tiffany Salcido
  • Tour of the UC Davis Native American Academic Student Success Center (The Native Nest) on July 16. 

  • Cultural Exchange Night – July 17
    • Join us at the Cultural Exchange Night on Wednesday, July 17th from 4:30 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. in the ballroom. Share your culture with each other through traditional song, dance, regalia, jewelry, beadwork, paintings, sketches, poetry, storytelling, foods and any other creative forms of expressions. Everyone will have an opportunity to share. Tables will be set up in a fair-style design. We will also serve light appetizers and beverages. You will not want to miss this memorable event! If you are interested in reserving a table, please email us at tribal@ucdavis.edu.
  • Optional Morning Wellness Activities (Breath and Movement Grounding Exercises) July 16-18 
  • Beading Tables: July 16-17
  • Additional Speaker Announcements and Cultural Activities: Details coming soon!

Enrollment Information

Online registration for the 2024 National Tribal TANF Institute is now closed. On-site registration will be available on the day of the event, with an enrollment fee of $1,275.

Hotel Accommodations

The Institute will be held at the UC Davis Conference Center, 550 Alumni Ln, Davis, CA 95616. Below are some hotel options that will be providing a discounted rate for National Tribal TANF Attendees. Please indicate you are attending the UC Davis National Tribal TANF Institute when making a reservation to access the discounted rates.

HotelRateDistance to Venue

Hyatt Place UC Davis

173 Old Davis Road Extension Davis, CA 95616

Phone: (530) 756-9500


reduced rate for 50 rooms

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0.2 miles

(2-min. walk)

Aggie Inn: Downtown Davis

245 First St., Davis, CA 95616

Phone: (530) 756-0352


Book now

0.7 miles

(14-min. walk)

Hilton Garden Inn

110 F. Street, Davis, CA 95616

Phone (530) 753-3600


Book now

0.9 miles

(20-min. walk)

Best Western Palm Court Hotel

234 D St., Davis, CA 95616

Phone: (530) 753-7100


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1 mile

(21-min. walk)

University Park Inn & Suites

1111 Richards Blvd.
Davis, CA 95616

Phone: (530) 756-0910


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1.1 miles

(22-min. walk)

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If you have an immediate question, feel free to reach out to us at tribal@ucdavis.edu.