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You’ll have the opportunity to choose from 6 of these 12 workshops.

Indian Preference
Tuesday, December 12 (1:15 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.)

Join tribal HR specialist Pam Peters for an in-depth look at Indian Preference. This eye-opening session explores the legality, history and social context of Indian Preference. Perfect for anyone looking to better understand the reasoning behind their tribes’ own policy or explain it to employees, or for anyone involved in setting or revising their tribe’s policy on Indian Preference.

  • What role does sovereignty play?
  • Tips for implementing your Indian Preference policy successfully
  • Communicating your policy to employees

Budget Essentials
Tuesday, December 12 (1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.)

Attend this important workshop and gain a better understanding of how budgets work. We'll look at the roles of those involved in the budgeting process, how budgets are developed and approved, and what should be done to monitor them throughout the year.

  • Using budgets to advance the tribe's strategic goals
  • Savvy questions to ask about a proposed budget
  • Special considerations for grants' budgets

Working with People from Different Generations
Tuesday, December 12 (2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Think of some of the oldest and youngest people in your organization. Now think of the respective world these people grew up in. It's no wonder that working with people of different generations can be a challenge. But the diversity of perspectives can also lead to some real advantages for tribes. In this fascinating session, you'll learn about some of the patterns in generational differences you're likely to see in the tribal environment. We'll discuss strategies for minimizing intergenerational conflict and distraction, and ways to promote a harmonious, productive atmosphere.

  • 3 reasons people from different generations may see things differently
  • What happens when you throw cultural differences into the mix?
  • Effective ways to manage intergenerational conflict

Grants Crash Course
Tuesday, December 12 (2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Do you need a better understanding of how grant funding works? In this workshop we'll go over all the essentials of grants oversight, including where grants can be found, what to consider before accepting a grant, what role indirect costs play, how to identify requirements for a grant, and how to tell what costs are allowable and what aren't.

  • Understanding the Federal Government's performance requirements
  • Monitoring grants
  • Leveraging your tribe's policies and procedures for maximum funding

Policies and Strategies for Attracting and Retaining Employees
Wednesday, December 13 (1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.)

Attracting and keeping good employees can be hard, especially if your tribe faces challenges like being in a remote location. In this fast-paced, interactive session we'll explore ways you can overcome the unique staffing challenges your tribe is facing. We'll discuss the role employment policies play in recruitment and retention, as well as how specific management tactics can help you ensure you keep your best people.

  • How to tell if your wages are competitive - and what to do if they aren't
  • Strategies for minimizing staff turnover after leadership turnover
  • 6 things other than salary that attract and retain employees

Developing a Leadership Mindset
Wednesday, December 13 (1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.)

Being in a leadership position doesn't make you a leader - you need to have a leadership mindset. In this workshop we'll discuss ways you can think like a leader, tools for inspiring and motivating others, and qualities it takes to be an effective leader at a tribal organization.

  • What truly motivates and inspires others
  • Why the best leaders know there's a time and place for everything
  • Developing your own leadership through empowering others

Facing Ethical Dilemmas with Confidence
Wednesday, December 13 (2:45 pm.-4:00 p.m.)

Often a moral compass is needed to travel through the rough roads of tribal politics. Most people conduct themselves with flawless ethical standards; however, decisions they make every day are burdened with ethical dilemmas. This workshop will address both how to make ethical decisions and how to tackle ethical violations in your organization.

  • Special ethical considerations for leaders
  • Making a code of ethics work
  • Avoiding conflicts of interest and ethical violations

Protecting and Strengthening Tribal Sovereignty
Wednesday, December 13 (2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Tribal sovereignty is one of the most hard-fought and cherished rights of tribal organizations. In this fascinating session we'll discuss what it means to be sovereign, and explore how different tribal policies - and the ways they are implemented - can serve to either preserve or erode tribal sovereignty.

  • The relationship between tribal and federal employment laws
  • Why Indian preference and tribal sovereignty are sometimes at odds
  • What is sovereign immunity and how does it relate to tribal sovereignty?

5 Signs that Things Need to Change in Your Organization or Workplace
Thursday, December 14 (1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.)

Do you ever get the sense that things aren't right at your organization or workplace? We'll take a look at symptoms of dysfunctional or toxic environments and discuss ways that leadership and management can turn things around.

  • What are normal frustrations and what indicates a bigger problem?
  • Common reasons policies and procedures fail
  • Warning signs of broken communication patterns

The Emotionally Intelligent Leader
Thursday, December 14 (1:15 p.m.-2:30 p.m.)

The most effective leaders are those who are able to connect with others on an emotional level. Learn how developing the 5 key competencies of self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, empathy and effective relationships will help you better lead and inspire others.

  • Emotional intelligence self-assessment
  • Understanding and using emotions effectively
  • Building personal and organizational trust

Essentials of Tribal Governments
Thursday, December 14 (2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)

This fascinating workshop will explore the essentials of how a tribal government operates, the documents that support the government, and an overview of legislative, executive and judicial powers of tribal governments. Perfect for anyone who is curious about how tribal governments operate, or who wants to see how their tribal government model compares to others.

  • Modern tribal constitutions
  • Division of governing functions
  • Roles of tribal officers

Handling Conflict and Difficult Conversations
Thursday, December 14 (2:45 p.m.-4:00 p.m.)

Conflict is inevitable, but how you respond to it is up to you. A stressful experience for one person may be a breakthrough conversation for another. In this hands-on workshop, you'll learn conflict resolution and assertive communication techniques that will help you handle conflict productively.

  • Asking the right questions to deescalate conflict
  • Assertiveness techniques
  • Your rights and responsibilities in conflict situations

Topics subject to change.

For more information, please call 800-992-4489.