* Recheck/refresh this schedule on Saturday morning to see what rooms your desired sessions are in. We continue to change room assignments based on the level of interest in each session.

* Use one seat and move to the middle. Every seat will be used in the auditorium and likely in many breakout sessions as well. Please allow as many to sit as possible by using one seat and moving to the middle of a row of seats so others may sit down without climbing over you.

* Be patient. No matter how hard we try, history tells us that some breakout sessions will end up being standing room only for fill up completely.  Please understand that we are trying our very best to make this a productive and enjoyable learning opportunity for you and as many of your fellow Montessorians as possible. Your patience will help the most people receive the most benefit from this conference.
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Patina Park

Patina Park, JD, is the director of Tribal State Relations Systems Implementation for the State of Minnesota, serving as a senior advisor to Governor Tim Walz, Lieutenant Governor Peggy Flanagan, commissioners, and key state government staff in tribal-state policy and relations. Ms. Park facilitates active learning communities and executive coaching to create a safe space for deepening the proficiency of state leaders engaging in tribal-state relations. In partnership with state government and tribal leaders, she is building upon existing knowledge, policies, practices, and relationships to facilitate productive and respectful tribal-state relations. She has also held leadership positions with the Minnesota Indian Women’s Resource Center, Falmouth Institute, Minneapolis Division of Indian Work, and the Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Justice. Ms. Park is Mnicoujou Lakota, and her biological family comes from the Cheyenne River and Standing Rock Sioux Tribes; her adoptive family is Osage. Because of her own experiences as an adoptee, Ms. Park is passionate about issues related to Native American children and families and has led training sessions nationwide related to Federal Indian Law, ICWA, historical trauma, and implementing trauma-informed, culturally responsive programming.