AIWPN with Co-Host AIHC 11th Annual Conference

Grit and Grace - Our strength. Our resolve. Our resilience.

August 3rd - 5th, 2023

University of North Carolina at Pembroke - American Indian Heritage Center                                                          

1 University Drive
Pembroke, NC 28372-1510

Registration is open!

REMINDER - Conference Registration with the banquet and lunch included and Banquet Only tickets must be purchased on or before 7/31/2023!  

Conference registrations purchased after 7/31/2023 will NOT include the banquet or lunch.

Conference Registration  UNCP Campus Map & Parking

Directions to UNCP
AIWPN 11th Annual Conference Grit & Grace 2023 Agenda & Schedule

American Indian Women of Proud Nations with our Co-Host American Indian Heritage Center is excited to announce our 11th Annual Conference!  It will be held in the heart of the Lumbee Tribe on the beautiful and historic campus of The University of North Carolina at Pembroke on August 3rd -5th2023.

UNCP was founded on March 1, 1887, to train American Indian teachers in Robeson County. Between 1939 and 1953, UNCP was the only state supported four-year institution for American Indians.

This year's conference "Grit & Grace: Our strength. Our resolve. Our resilience." will focus finding our mental healthy place as we travel the complex journey of life.  Our mental wellness is the foundation of these vital areas. This year's conference features speakers and workshops sessions addressing the complexities of mental wellness and creating healthy spaces which empower Indigenous women to flourish.  On Friday night, a banquet will be held honoring several American Indian women who work to break barriers and provide positive leadership in their tribes and communities.

Host Hotel Information

HOST HOTELS: Rates Expire after July 14th 2023. Taxes not included.


Hotel:      Comfort Suites                         Holiday Inn Express (Pembroke)
Rate:         $99.00                                            Book online: $129.00/In person: $139.00
Address:  215 Wintergreen Dr                            605 Redmond Rd
                    Lumberton, NC 28358                      Pembroke, NC 28372
Phone:      (910) 225-7983                                    (910) 521-1311

Hotel:      Hampton Inn                              Holiday Inn Express & Suites   (Lumberton)
Rate:         $175.00                                                              $159.00
Address:  204 Wintergreen Dr                             302 Wintergreen Dr
                    Lumberton, NC 28358                         Lumberton, NC 28358
Phone:      (910) 738-3332                                      (910) 593-6234


Be a part of the Artist Market!

Vendors/Exhibitors have a premiere opportunity to interact with tribal leaders, national Native organizations, and others working in Indian country. Our marketplace provides the opportunity for a variety of booths. Our marketplace is open to the public, giving exhibitors the opportunity to reach the greater community.

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Become a Sponsor!

Become a valued sponsor of American Indian Women's of Proud Nations  11th Annual Conference: Grit & Grace - Our strength. Our resolve. Our resilence.
Tribal leaders, AIWPN members, Native youth, and partners invested in Indian Country will gather to embark upon a journey to exploring mental wellness and community engagement, which will include: intergenerational transfer of Native ways and knowledge to American Indian women, students and professionals of all ages, financial literacy, and much more!  A very special invitation is extended to men of all ages to attend the conference.

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AIWPN 2023 Awardee Nominations
Nominations are closed.

Each conference, AIWPN honors strong native women in two categories that have proven leadership and are making a difference not only in their tribal communities, but in mainstream society, as well.  AIWPN is extending an invitation for community members to nominate inspiring women for the Women to Watch and Distinguished Women

Please submit your completed nomination form with a bio to Jennifer Brewer-Young no later than 5:00 p.m. July 15, 2023.

If you have any questions, please contact Jennifer at 336-312-9330 or

Download forms: Conference Registration Form