Why I Should Attend?

Conducting and managing effective and productive tribal council and board meetings is an art form and be challenging. It takes skill to conduct and manage meetings, oftentimes in an emotionally charged environment. Learn how to manage a wide diversity of interests while respecting the role of council members, board members and the public of having input. An effective chairman, speaker, board chairman, or presiding officer must have good parliamentary and time management skills to control the efficiency of how meetings are conducted. He/she must also have a good working knowledge of the tribal constitution, Board By-laws and tribal laws.

Council members, board members and other officers must also have good working knowledge of the tribal constitution and other tribal laws, legislative protocols and meeting rules (Robert’s Rules of Order). Each must know their roles and responsibilities. A knowledgeable tribal council or board member contributes greatly to effective and productive meetings where stakeholders interests are at stake. Without knowledgeable council and board members, meetings can easily lose focus and lead to lengthy meetings; or in a worst case, can get out of control. Council and board members that are knowledgeable of parliamentary procedures know how and when to use the rules effectively.

KIVA goes beyond teaching theory. Our instructors have years of real-world experience conducting tribal council and board meetings having served in those capacities. Having real-world experience, our instructors are keenly aware of issues that typically confront tribal nations.

Who Should Attend?

Tribal present and former council members, tribal chairs, vice chairs, council secretaries, treasurers, members of tribal school boards, transportation boards, health boards, chartered organizations, tribal enterprise boards, villages, districts, chapters and non-profit organizations.

What Will YOU Learn?

  • How to establish ground rules for meetings
  • The fundamentals of parliamentary procedures (Robert’s
    Rules of Order)
  • How to effectively preside (chair) over meetings and focus conversations.  Keeping members on topic while ensuring participation so that all voices are heard as you keep debates within the scope of the topic
  • How to manage conflicts
  • How to use the seven fundamental motions used in most meetings (main motion, amendments, amend the amendments, refer to committee, postpone to a question)
  • Legal and budget implications of your decisions
  • How to follow legislative procedures and protocols
  • Setting and following the meeting agenda
  • The importance of publicizing the legislative agenda and background information
  • How and when to use committees or subcommittees to resolve conflicts and disagreements
  • When and how it is appropriate to use executive meetings to discuss sensitive and confidential matters
  • When to call for a caucus to regroup
  • Team-building techniques.  Mock sessions will be used to teach how to conduct effective meetings, debate issues, manage conflicts using parliamentary rules.