NCRE Conference 2022

The NCRE 2022 Conference will be held Thursday and Friday, September 15-16, 2022, with an opening reception Wednesday evening September 14 in Denver, CO. 

This year’s theme is Lifting up Solutions Grounded in Indigenous Culture and Wisdom to Address Substance Misuse and Disorder and Support Indigenous Children’s Development in the Face of the Intersecting Challenges of our Time.

A small conference registration fee will cover the cost of conference meals and materials. We are in the process of finalizing the registration fee, but anticipate the fee will be approximately $200. 

If you are interested in attending this year’s conference, please contact Michelle Sarche at for more information about registering. 

Registration is limited to 100 participants. 

Call for conference submissions

Conference participants are encouraged to share their work in the spirit of open exchange, dialogue, learning, and building new connections. In addition to new work, works in progress and work that has been presented previously elsewhere are welcome. Any research, evaluation, or practice with implications for research that relates to Native children’s development prenatally through emerging adulthood are welcome – particularly, but not exclusively, those that relate to this year’s conference theme. Upon registration (see above), participants can indicate their interest to present their work in a poster, paper, or other format.  If you are interested in presenting, please complete the registration form (see above) by August 15 – submissions will be notified of acceptance by August 22.

COVID safety

To balance the value of bringing people together with the importance of following protocols to reduce the spread of COVID-19 through a large gathering, all participants will be required to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination or an exemption in order to participate. At this time, we anticipate requiring masks for all participants during the conference except while presenting or eating. If risk levels change, the mask requirement may be relaxed, but will still be required for anyone with a vaccine exemption.

Conference travel information

This year’s conference will be held at the Centers for American Indian and Alaska Native Health in the Nighthorse Campbell Native Health Building on the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus at 13055 East 17th Avenue, Aurora, CO 80045.  

Air travelers should book tickets to Denver International Airport (airport code: DEN), which is located 16 miles (~20-25 minutes by car) from the University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus. Transportation between the airport and campus is best by a ride share service like Lyft or Uber.

Lodging will be available for a discounted rate at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center. Once registered, participants will be provided information on booking rooms at the conference rate.  

Conference travel support

NCRE stars Support for Students and Early Career Scholars

NCRE starsStudents Thinking About Research careerS – provides travel support to masters and doctoral students, undergraduates, and advanced high schools students considering research careers focused on substance abuse prevention and Native child development. Recipients of NCRE stars travel support will be paired with a conference research mentor who will help connect stars to the NCRE network of research leaders and help stars navigate the conference.  After the conference, mentors will be available to meet with NCRE stars virtually for up to 6 months to provide additional research career guidance and mentorship.

If you would like to be considered for NCRE stars travel support, please complete this application by August 5.


Tribal Early Childhood Research Center (TRC) Student, Early Career, and Community Scholars Program

The TRC Student, Early Career, and Community Scholars Program is for undergraduate or graduate students interested in research careers focused on early childhood development in tribal communities and tribal early childhood practitioners interested to learn more about research and its application in tribal early childhood practice. 

If you would like to be considered for TRC Student, Early Career, and Community Scholars Program travel support, please complete this application by August 5.


General Travel Support

Limited travel support is available to assist any participant with the cost of attending the conference. Upon registration (please contact Michelle Sarche for registration information –, participants may request general travel support.  Requests will be evaluated based on need and availability of funds.