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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.


Tribal Enterprise Boards Roles & Responsibilities

Native American communities are beset with growing difficulties. Many cannot be resolved by continuing to do what they have been doing and using the tools they have been using. Traditional leaders and responsible officials want to see their communities prosper. They want to see traditional values be present in the lives of future generations. To succeed they must ensure that they are seeing the issues clearly and understanding all options realistically available.

Historically tribes have waited for federal funding to launch economic and community development projects. Funding has never been enough to maintain steady progress across Indian Country. As a result, Indian communities have fallen further and further behind. Natural population growth and higher expectations exceed increases in revenue from all sources. A key to closing the widening gap in applying the fundamental finance tool of leverage. It can be profitably applied to projects which: (a) can be demonstrated to be feasible and (b) produce a new generation of earning assets.

Who Should Attend?

Tribal elected officials, senior administrators, tribal economic development boards, grant writers, planners, community board members, non-profit organizations, budget, and finance committee members and tribal consultants should take advantage of this opportunity.

What Will I Learn?

Attendees will learn to focus on the real threats to community life represented by deepening poverty and the out-migration of the community’s best and brightest seeking a different future. This seminar is a practical problem-solving experience including how to select projects, recognize applicable financial resources and structuring the projects to make the best use of limited capital. Making these judgments requires learning some new concepts and practicing how to apply them. Attendees will learn the concepts and practice their application through the use of actual issues and opportunities from their community’s life today.

Who Should Attend?

Tribal council members, chartered organizations school boards, health boards, tribal, program directors and managers; tribal grants/contracts staff, finance and accounting staff; tribal attorneys, tribal consultants.  Federal officials and federal awarding officials, federal contracting officers and their subordinates should also attend.

What Will I Learn?

  • Purpose of the OMB Super Circular

  • Comparison of discretionary grant programs vs. entitlement programs

  • Pre-award requirements (federal merit reviews, tribal capacity issues, risk assessments)

  • Impacts on “High Risk” tribes

  • Conflicts of interest required certifications and disclosures

  • Post-award requirements (performance management requirements; advances & payments)

  • Cost-sharing and matching requirements

  • Budgets & program plans

  • Program income rules

  • Grant administration and closeout rules

  • Cost Principles – Select Items of Cost (discretionary grants and entitlement program differences)

  • Audit Requirements (major program determinations, high-risk determinations, sanctions for non-compliance)

Federal Contract And Grant Opportunities Federal Contract And Grant Opportunities

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  • Pub. L. 93-638, Indian Self-Determination & Education Assistance Act
  • Self-Governance Compacts under Pub. L. 93-638, Indian Self-Determination & Education Assistance Act
  • Construction Contracting under Indian Self-Determination Act
  • FAST Act: Contracting Tribal Transportation Programs
  • Tribal Law & Order Act (TLOA)
  • Art of Grant Writing
  • Cultural & Environmental Laws: Policies & Advocacy Strategies for Tribal Leaders
  • Writing Successful CTAS Grants

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Contracts & Grants Compliance

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  • OMB Uniform Administrative Requirements (aka “Super Circular”)
  • Practicum for Federal Line Officers & Federal Awarding Officials
  • Federal Grant Management Principles
  • Contract Scopes of Work & Annual Funding Agreements
  • Contract Law & Administration
  • Accounting Basics for Tribes
  • Single Audit Act: Preparation & Follow Up
  • Indirect Cost Principles: Contract Support Costs
  • Preparing Indirect Cost Rate Proposals
  • QuickBooks™ and Accounting Principles
  • Financial Management Systems & Reporting Requirements (GASB)
  • Contract Appeals, Disputes & Federal Tort Claims Act under Pub. L. 93-638

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Tribal Governance Training Series

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  • Tribal Council – Board Roles & Responsibilities
  • Tribally-Controlled Schools Boards of Directors
  • Tribal Enterprise Board Roles & Responsibilities
  • Robert’s Rules of Order: Mastering the Basics
  • Evolution of Federal Indian Law & Policy
  • Strategic Planning in Indian Country

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Tribal Administrative and Management

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  • Records Management Principles
  • Fair Labor Standards: Compliance for Tribes
  • Federal Travel Regulations – Temporary Duty Travel
  • Tribal Employment Law
  • MSOffice for Professionals
  • Administrative Professionals Conference

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