Why I Should Attend?

Organizations conduct planning to provide clear and strategic direction; to articulate current and future needs and to match the commitment of resources with the strategic direction of the organization. Strategic Planning helps an organization develop and define its Vision and Mission Statements – and helps define how to accomplish them. It is a process by which organizations assess their current situation and capabilities. Funding agencies look to a tribal organization’s Strategic Plan when considering funding proposals. Some tribal governments use Strategic Plans as a guide in developing annual budgets. There are a variety of modern perspectives, models and approaches in Strategic Planning but the way a plan is developed depends on the organization’s leadership, the culture of the organization, the complexity, size and the environment of the organization.

“Strategic Planning in Indian Country” focuses on capturing the traditional values and beliefs of the tribal organization. This feature in tribal Strategic Planning is very different from planning for non-tribal organizations. This involves a look back to the traditional knowledge, teachings and values; and relies heavily on the wisdom and teachings of the elders, oral history and traditional knowledge. Knowing the traditional history and values, helps define the Mission Statement and Vision Statement; and helps define future plans.

Who Should Attend?

This course is designed for tribal elected officials,tribal organizations, chartered organizations, and boards, tribal administrators, tribal planners,program managers, finance and accounting staff, and tribal employees.

What Will I Learn?

  • How to identify and develop culturally-relevant Cultural Values Statements.
  • How to define a culturally-relevant Mission Statement and Vision Statement.
  • How to identify and define your priorities (short term and long term).
  • How to conduct a SWOT Analysis (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, Threats).
  • How to identify problem areas using a Cause and Effect Diagram (Fishbone Diagram).
  • How to identify proposed solutions to identified problem areas.
  • How to develop goal statements, statements of objectives; and action plans.
  • The art of facilitation.
  • How to implement the Strategic Plan.

At the end of the course, you will walk away with knowledge of the Strategic Planning process so that you can start to apply the planning techniques learned for your organization’s Strategic Planning initiatives.