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10/04 - 10/05  Rapid City, SD














KIVA provides many customized training & events year round. These courses meet annual training certification requirements and we GUARANTEE them with post-training technical assistance. For more information, contact us at  866.202.5482 or [email protected]






KIVA offers a variety of specialized consulting services to tribal nations. Our staff and associates have over 75 years of hands-on experience eager to help reach tribal and individual goals.









KIVA Institute provides quality services to promote capacity building for Indian tribes and tribal organizations, alongside federal and local agency service providers. Our goal is to enhance relationships between Indian tribes and funding agencies, inspire tribal members towards developing a determined mindset and to assist in the preservation of the Indian culture while maintaining their sovereignty.

Accounting Basics for Tribes

This course provides an overview of the accounting fundamentals and protocols to arm the attendees with a basic understanding of accounting. Most tribal finance and accounting staff do not have the luxury of having attended accounting courses, yet they are tasked with making sure they correctly record accounting transactions into the tribe’s accounting software.  Lack of proper training could impact the tribe’s annual audit report. Because of the lack of training, some transactions may be recorded incorrectly, requiring account reconciliations and adjusting entries. Without reconciled accounts, the resulting income statements and trial balances may not be accurate.  That is why this course is very important for tribal accounting staff, so they receive proper instruction on basic accounting concepts, the accounting cycle, etc.

Attendees will understand basic accounting concepts, the modified accrual system, full accrual system, and governmental accounting.  The course emphasizes the importance of chart of accounts, double entry accounting, accounting transactions, capital assets, budgeting, and financial management.  It provides a basic overview of federal grants management with a focus on the financial reporting (SF-425s) aspects of grants management. Attendees will participate in T-account exercises (debits – credits).  This exercise is important for the accountant when preparing adjusting entries.  The matching principle in accrual accounting states that all expenses must match with revenues generated during the period. T-accounts guide accountants on what to enter in a ledger to get an adjusting balance so that revenues equal expenses.

Federal Contract And Grant Opportunities
Contracts & Grants Compliance
Tribal Governance Training Series
Tribal Administrative and Management

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