Tribal Governing and Leadership for
Tribal Executives and Council Members,
hosted by Mooretown Rancheria

The people of your community have entrusted you with a great responsibility. Serving as a member of your tribal government is rewarding and challenging. Are you ready for the challenge?

An effective tribal leader is ethical, dedicated and fiscally responsible. To create positive change, you need to understand the entire organizational structure and the tools for meaningful government.

This is your opportunity to learn about best practices in the legislative process, planning, leadership, organizational development, parliamentary procedure and building relationships. Your community is counting on you let us help you learn and understand the complexities of your role as a tribal leader.

The decisions you make now will have a profound effect for decades to come. What kind of community will you leave the next generation? Will your members be proud, safe and strong? Will they have the resources and knowledge to govern their tribe? Define your vision. Set your goals. Learn effective techniques for administering your tribal government and programs. If you're a tribal chairperson or council member, board member or executive, you don’t want to miss this informative, skill-building program.

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Structure and Responsibilities of Tribal Government
  • Organizational chart
  • Functions of your tribal government
  • Rights and responsibilities of tribal leaders
  • Roles and relationships of tribal council, boards, executives and staff
  • Policy-making function
  • Organizational and program planning
  • Maintaining effectiveness and continuity of the organization
  • Liability rules and issues
Leadership as a Governing Role
  • Leadership styles
  • Leadership vs. management
  • Group dynamics
  • Managing conflict
  • Playing an effective role in meetings
  • Articulating your vision
  • Conflicts of interest
  • Standards of conduct
  • Effect of politics on ethics
  • Practical problems
Impacting the Political Process
  • When tribes are treated like state governments
  • Making the most of your status as a tribal leader
Organizing for Economic Development
  • The power of the tribal government
  • Delegating authority
  • Managing growth
Strategic Planning
  • A Native perspective of planning
  • Identifying your mission, goals and objectives
  • Elements of planning:
    • Direct, assess and strategize
    • Plan, modify and evaluate
  • Critical questions
  • Developing a plan for short- and long-term growth
Maximizing Organizational Resources
  • Overview of organizational development concepts
  • Identifying your resources
  • Understanding and involving staff
  • Utilizing fiscal resources
  • Tapping into knowledge sources (elders, community, consultants)
  • Defining tasks and evaluating progress
Budgeting for Accountability and Effectiveness
  • Developing performance measures
  • Holding managers accountable
  • Linking budgets to outcomes
  • Implementing change
The Tribal Legislative Process
  • Working within the bounds of the tribal constitution
  • Developing laws, bylaws and ordinances
  • Allowing public input and debate
  • Voting and elections
  • Publishing legislation
Parliamentary Procedures
  • Using parliamentary procedures/Robert’s Rules of Order as a governing tool
  • Meeting objectives and structure
  • Playing an effective role in meetings
  • Ensuring a democratic process
  • Order of business
  • Quorum, minutes and voting
  • Importance of full and free debate
  • Effective use of the executive session
  • Committees and committee reports
  • Motivating members and acting like a leader
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