Hotel and Travel

COVID-19 Update: NALS 2020 Cancelled

It is with deep regret that we announce the cancellation of this year’s conference due to the global pandemic of the COVID-19 outbreak. However, as part of the NALS Family, your health and safety comes first.
Thank you, all of you, for the loyalty, support, and enthusiasm you continually offer this organization and its mission. Please know that we are sending good thoughts in all directions for each of you.
If you are a NALS 2020 panelist/participant who has already paid and registered for the conference, then you should have received an email with information regarding refunds. If you did not receive this email, we sincerely apologize and ask that you contact Ashley at with questions.
Thank you for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented situation in our conference history. Be sure to follow the preventive measures suggested by the CDC. Wash your hands. Be good to each other. Stay well.
-Gwen Westerman, Director of the Native American Literature Symposium
 Ashley Richardson, Assistant to the Director

The host facility for NALS 2020 is the Mystic Lake Casino Hotel in Prior Lake, Minnesota.


All participants are required to arrange their own travel to and from the conference and book their own hotel rooms.

In order to receive discounted rates, reservations MUST be booked by Wednesday, March 11th.

Mystic Lake Hotel

The 2020 NALS room rates (for single/double occupancy):

Tuesday, March 31: $149.00

Wednesday, April 1: $149.00

Thursday, April 2: $149.00

Friday, April 3: $149.00

Saturday, April 4: $149.00

Reservations MUST be made by Wednesday, March 11th to receive the above rates! You can book a room by contacting the Reservations Department directly. Call one of the following phone numbers, 952-445-9000 or 800-262-7799, and identify as participants in the 2020 Native American Literature Symposium. You can also book online using the NALS guest link

If you are making a payment via check or purchase order, please contact the hotel at the numbers listed above for more information. Checks/ purchase orders must be received 10 business days prior to arrival. 

Room Sharing

NALS will help people interested in sharing a room get in contact with one another. However, we will not arrange room sharing or splitting costs between participants.

Contact Ashley Richardson ( if you would like to share a room with another participant, or would like to be in contact with others who want to share a room.

Air Travel

Book your flights into Minneapolis-Saint Paul airport.

Ground Transportation to Mystic Lake Hotel and Casino

1. Travel from MSP Airport to Mall of America (MOA) for the Mystic Lake bus:

Follow signs for baggage claim/ground transportation. You will take the light rail from the airport to MOA.  The light rail station is located beneath the airport. In Terminal 1 (most airlines), find an escalator near the baggage claim area and head down one level to the tram, which will take you to the Light Rail Station.  Purchase a ticket (cash or credit) for the Light Rail, and then take the Blue Line to MOA.  The bus stop for Mystic Lake is marked.  The bus loads 10 minutes before departure.  You will need to show an ID to board. Take the purple Mystic Lake shuttle bus from the Mall of America to Mystic Lake Casino. This shuttle is free and departs from the lower level of the East Parking ramp. The shuttle runs from MOA to Mystic Lake at the following times daily: 9:00 a.m., 11 a.m., 12 p.m., 1 p.m., 3 p.m., 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m.

*Inside the Mall of America, Mystic Lake has a storefront called The Mystic Lake Store, where you can find answers to any questions about Mystic Lake, the shuttle bus, or the casino.

2. Car Rental (rates vary)

3. Taxi (rates vary)