Why I Should Attend?

Serving on tribal councils or boards of directors require that members have a thorough understanding of the mission of the organization, their roles and responsibilities; and the laws that pertain to the tribe and organization. Members must have a good working knowledge of the tribal constitution, tribal ordinances, and basics of tribal governance. Members of boards of directors must have a good working knowledge of the organization’s charter and bylaws; and the rules of their funding agencies. Some tribes and organizations require that members receive an orientation on their roles & responsibilities as a requirement before taking office. Council and board members are constantly faced with legal and fiscal challenges. Council and board members must have a good understanding of the legislative processes. They must have a full understanding of the doctrines of tribal sovereignty; and how to protect the tribe’s sovereignty.
Course participants will receive hands-on training on constitutional principles, tribal governance, trust doctrines, federal appropriations laws, and laws that pertain to tribal nations and tribal organizations. Participants will learn how to separate politics from business, doctrine of segregation of duties, development of policy, the legal implications of their decisions. They will learn the fundamentals of finance and accounting. This training will arm the participants with hands-on training that they can apply when they return to their home organizations.

Who Should Attend?

Members of tribal councils, members of tribal boards of directors (health boards, education boards, school boards, public safety boards, tribal enterprise boards, board members of non-profit organizations); and tribal council secretaries or board secretaries.

What Will I Learn?

  • Your role as an officer and member of the tribal council or board of directors
  • Federal Indian law and constitutional principles
  • Overview of the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA)
  • Importance of separation of powers, Rule of Law, Tribal Sovereignty
  • Importance of separating politics from business
  • How tribal codes and ordinances, council resolutions, policies work
  • How Articles of Incorporation & By-Laws work
  • Legal implications of your actions as council and board members
  • Importance of tribal management systems and the Importance of financial reports, audits and audit findings, audit resolutions
  • Overview of how the federal government works
  • Federal appropriations law and process (how federal budgets affect your organization) and how you can have input
  • Developing and monitoring operating budgets
  • Importance of strategic planning
  • Importance of having a code of ethics
  • Lessons on leadership and basic supervision