The ACES School Proudly Presents the 3rd Annual
"All Roads Lead to Chaco Canyon" Conference
"Before we begin any undertaking, as Native people, we need to first look inside ourselves and determine who we are. In this process, we should see our identity and that identity will provide us with the doctrines we need to move forward whether it is in law, medicine, or economic development. Some people think that Native Nations knew nothing about the rule of law or international trade, but the ruins of Chaco Canyon say otherwise. And if you know Native people and understand their identity, regardless of which nation they come from, you know that a fundamental doctrine underlying their way of life is relationships. They used that doctrine in dealing with other Native Nations to create alliances, make treaties, and engage in international trade. And so it becomes clear that at Chaco Canyon, the ancestors knew how to do international trade and those transactions were governed by a rule of law called relationships."
-Justice Emeritus Raymond Austin,
Navajo Nation Supreme Court
1st Annual Conference
March 23, 2018
Flyer Artwork by Dine (Navajo) Artist: Dani M. Austin, instagram.com/danimayaustin
Approved CLE Credits
Louisiana: 13.25 (1 Professionalism and 1 Ethics)
Oklahoma: 14.50 ( 1 Ethics)
Mississippi: 13.8 (1 Ethics)
Olea, Solorzano & Austin has been a proud sponsor and partner of the "All Roads Lead to Chaco Canyon" conference (ARLCC) since its inception. This year we are excited to announce that once again we are continuing the tradition!
Join us from March 11-13, 2020 at the Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana as experts and tribal leaders will gather once again to discuss a new form of economic development: International Trade. See below for more information about this year's conference, as well as an overview of last year's conference.
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1005 Clothilde Street, Morgan City, LA 70380
All Roads Lead to Chaco Canyon
Artwork by Dine (Navajo) Artist: Dani M. Austin
Brought to you by the ACES School, in partnership with the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana
Dates: March 11-13, 2020
Location: Coushatta Casino Resort in Kinder, Louisiana
The 3rd Annual “All Roads Lead to Chaco Canyon" Conference centers on what Native Nations should be doing to set themselves up for becoming participants in the global economy and international trade. Since the creation of the United States, the federal government has maintained control over Native trade, land, resources, and businesses. Consequently, many Native Nations have high poverty rates, high unemployment rates, stagnant economic development, and little to no private investment. A lot of conferences focus on how to protect Native Nations, recycling the same conversation and topics that have been heard for decades. This conference shifts the conversation from protection of Native people to empowerment by teaching Native Nations how they can use their sovereignty to create business opportunities, establish business friendly environments, and become participants in the global economy. Welcome to the ACES School (Austin, Crepelle & Ernest Sickey’s School for Wards and Domestic Dependent Nations), the institution behind All Roads Lead to Chaco Canyon!
Conference Founders and Organizers
Adam Crepelle (United Houma Nation, left) & Joseph Austin (Navajo Nation, right)
Meet Adam Crepelle and Joseph Austin, founders of Austin, Crepelle & Ernest Sickey's School for Wards and Domestic Dependent Nations (the ACES School), the institution and masterminds behind "All Roads Lead to Chaco Canyon." This year their conference is being managed by their non-profit the ACES School and is once again being hosted by the Coushatta Tribe of Louisiana. Because of the conference’s unique subject matter and innovative topics, it has been endorsed, supported, and sponsored in prior years by entities such as the University of Arizona, Pascua Yaqui Tribe, Southern Law Center, World Trade Center of New Orleans, Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, and Oklahoma Indian Chamber of Commerce.
*About the ACES School: Joseph Austin, Adam Crepelle & Ernest Sickey came together to establish the ACES School (Austin, Crepelle & Ernest Sickey's School for Wards and Domestic Dependent Nations). The ACES School is a non-profit corporation that was founded for the sole purpose of educating people on federal Indian law and the issues affecting Native Nations. The purpose can also be extracted from the name of the corporation: to get Native Nations and Native people to move past the western imposed wardship and shift towards the path of nationhood.