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The ABC's of Working for a
Tribal Government or Enterprise



This one-of-a-kind training is designed to provide you with both the hard knowledge and soft skills you’ll need to master the dynamics and challenges of your job with a tribal government or enterprise. Want to know why Federal and state employment laws don’t always apply to tribes? How to communicate effectively in a diverse tribal work environment? How Indian preference may impact your job? What the impact of a tribe’s political structure is on the workplace? You’ll learn all of that, plus we’ll help you develop strategies to stay above the fray of tribal politics, become a strong team player in a tribal work environment, identify and prevent cultural conflicts, and isolate specific ways in which your body language may be sending a different message than what you intend. You’ll take a self-assessment that will help you examine how some of your own cultural values may impact your work relationships without you even knowing it, and we’ll help you identify instances in which you may be misinterpreting the meaning behind people’s words or actions.

This insightful class will help you understand some of the most potentially confusing aspects of working for a tribe. Develop the knowledge and skills it takes to be a truly valued team member at a tribe or tribal organization—register today!

T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Political and Legal Considerations of Working for a Tribe
  • How does federal-tribal history impact tribal employers today?
  • What is tribal sovereignty?
  • How does tribal sovereignty impact your job?
  • When do federal employment laws apply to you?
  • When do state employment laws apply to you?
Indian Preference
  • What is Indian Preference?
  • What is tribal preference?
  • Is preference fair?
  • Legal background
  • Tribal Employment Rights Offices/Ordinances
  • Understanding your tribe’s policy
The Structures of Tribal Governments
  • Historic basis of tribal government structure
  • The tribal constitution and its impact on the workplace
  • The tribal council and your job
The Federal Government and the Tribal Workplace
  • Congress and funding for tribal programs
  • Self-determination contracts
  • The Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Indian Health Service
  • The Office of Management and Budget and oversight of grants and contracts
Interpersonal Dynamics
  • Maintaining confidentiality
  • Avoiding gossip
  • Gracefully avoiding tribal politics
  • Effectively getting and giving respect
  • Working cohesively on teams with friends and relatives
Dealing Effectively with Conflict
  • Cultural differences in conflict styles
  • Personal differences in conflict styles
  • When to use different approaches to conflict
Cultural Differences in Communication
  • Body language
  • Eye contact
  • Differences in speech patterns
  • The meaning of silence
  • Listening and talking
Teambuilding in a Tribal Environment
  • Finding common ground
  • Valuing diversity
  • Your leadership role in the tribal workplace
  • Sharing a common vision

*Topics subject to change.

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