Welcome to the 2021 National Indian and Native American WIC Coalition Conference.  The theme this year “Power of the Past - Force for the Future” provides us with an opportunity to carry our heritage into current times without comprising time-honored beliefs.


          July 20-22, 2021 - 9am to 4:00pm Daily


The mission of the Coalition is to provide and advocate for the Tribal perspective in the development of national and state legislation, and regulations affecting the Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants and Children (WIC); to assist Tribal Agencies in obtaining training and technical assistance; and to administer and manage WIC programs; and to support Tribal Agencies in their coordination with the United States Department of Agriculture/Food and Nutrition Services (USDA/FNS) and other organizations.
 

As the First Americans, our history has shown how strong we are and how those teachings from our parents and grandparents have carried us all through America’s most tragic events.  One thing has held true and that is the spiritual value Native People give to the water and to the food. Our traditional foods have fortified our families for hundreds of years, while we have maintained our cultural cooking methods and fed every family that has come to our doors.
 
Breastfeeding has long been a Native Tradition. We continue to teach our young mothers today all the benefits that come from feeding their child in this very natural manner. Beyond the nutritional impact to their child, the bond between a mother and her child is its own strength.




We hope that each of you will hear something and/or feel something that will empower you as a WIC advocate, WIC provider, or a WIC user.  We encourage you to listen and ask questions, learn all that you can as it only makes us all better. It is hoped that the NINAWC conference gives you information you need to continue this very important work.  Enjoy interacting with your peers, colleagues, sponsors and exhibitors.

Welcome Letter from Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma WIC Director
 

The following NINAWC Conference sessions have been approved by International Board of Lactation Consultant Examiners (IBCLC Verification Number C2002446) for CERPs

 1.5 Lactation CERPs: Session 101 – Metabolic Health Matters: Breastfeeding on the Insulin Resistance Spectrum
1.75 Lactation CERP:  Session 201 – A Father’s Role in Breastfeeding
1.75 Related CERPs: Session 204 – Don’t Quit the Quit: Strengthening Community Support for Families Impacted by Opioid Use Disorder Thru Collaboration with N Dakota WIC
1.75 Lactation CERPs: Session 205 – Indigenous Breastfeeding Curriculum
1 Ethics CERPs: Session 301 – Who Wears the Top Hat Under the Big Tent? Law and Ethics for Different Lactation Support Providers


We have applied for 
Continuing Professional Education (CPEUs) from the Commission on Dietetic Registration for this Conference.