Understanding and Strengthening
Indian tribes have their own inherent sovereignty, pre-dating the founding of the United States, yet the question of tribal sovereignty is still being litigated and debated daily. In this fascinating class, you’ll learn the history of tribal sovereignty, from pre-colonial times all the way through the most recent Supreme Court cases. Discover how federal and state governments, as well as the tribes themselves, have come to treat tribal sovereignty differently over the years, and what impact that has on policy-making, government-to-government relationships, and—most importantly—the daily lives of tribal community members.
In this exciting class you’ll leave with more than a history lesson—you’ll be invited to develop a strategy for evaluating and enhancing your own tribe’s sovereignty, or for evaluating how well your agency communicates respect for tribal sovereignty to tribal partners (if you are a state or federal employee).
We’ll also give you a non-technical overview of the Indian Self-Determination Act and how it impacts tribal programs, and help you understand what the practical differences are between Self-Determination and Self-Governance tribes.
Perfect for tribal, state, or federal decision-makers, tribal HR professionals, program managers, or anyone interested in better understanding how tribal sovereignty impacts the work they do for or with tribes.
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