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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.

Federal Indian Law & Policy

Federal Indian policy establishes the relationship between the United States Government and the Indian tribal nations within its borders. The United States Constitution gives the federal government primary responsibility for dealing with tribes. Laws and federal government’s public policy related to Native Americans have evolved continuously since the founding of the United States. Some argue that the failure of the treaty system was because of the inability of an individualistic, democratic society to recognize group rights or the value of an organic, corporatist culture represented by the tribes. Decisions of the United States Supreme Court, and the Marshall Trilogy, during and ensuring the formation of the United States government had serious impacts on the status of tribes, limiting tribal sovereignty of tribes, defining the government-to-government relationships, federal trust responsibility while defining (and limiting) tribal rights including property, water rights, jurisdiction, hunting, fishing, religion; commerce and taxation; and actions involving tribal membership.

The United States’ romance with the West and its historic development have been chronicled in many books and films; and the central theme is often the relationship between white settlers, Indians and Indian tribes. This part of the romance is much more than pure nostalgia. It involves a wide variety of emotions that white culture had toward Indians, each of which has been more, or less prevalent at different times in our nation’s history. Studies were commissioned, like the Merriam Report on “The Problem of Indian Administration” commissioned by the Brookings Institute; and the American Indian Policy Review Commission identified the problems associated with the treatment of sovereign tribal nations. These studies and reports shaped the reform of American Indian policy through new legislation such as the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934; and the Indian Self-Determination & Education Assistance of 1975. The reports strongly influenced succeeding policies in land allotment, education, and health care. The reports found generally that the federal government was failing at its goals of protecting tribal nations, their lands, and their resources both personal and cultural.

Who Should Attend?

It behooves elected tribal council members, tribal boards, tribal leaders, tribal professionals such as the tribal judiciary to gain a solid foundation of various federal laws and policies that affect their tribal nations. Tribal attorneys, Indian boards of education, teachers, tribal consultants; federal service providers are encouraged to attend.

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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 View More


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