Tribal Leader Orientation: A Seminar on Nation Building Strategies

Native Governance Center is pleased to offer this two-day professional development training for tribal leaders.

Nation Building Celebration Registration Now Open

Join us for our 2018 Nation Building Celebration! We’ll focus on community engagement strategies for strengthening sovereignty and have speakers from across Indian Country talking about how they engage their communities. Register today!

Nation Building Celebration Scheduled for November 2018

Mark your calendar for our 2nd Annual Nation Building Celebration!

Each year, we host a Nation Building Celebration; a gathering that brings together Tribal leaders, grassroots Native leaders, local and state lawmakers, and members of the general public to network, learn, and gather resources related to leadership and nation building.

This year’s Annual Nation Building Celebration will focus on community engagement strategies for strengthening sovereignty!

The convening will take place on November 9, 2018 at Mystic Lake Center in Prior Lake, Minnesota. On the evening of November 8, 2018, we’ll host a Rebuilders Dinner at Mystic Lake Center to celebrate and honor our Native Nation Rebuilders.

Stay tuned! Registration information will go live in summer 2018.

Rebuilders C8 Session 4, C9 Session 1

Location: Twin Cities, MN

This joint session will conclude the learning/training portion for Cohort 8 and introduce the next Cohort of Native Nation Rebuilders!

Stay tuned for additional details.

Rebuilders Cohort 8 Session 3

Location TBD

Stay tuned for details.

Annual Nation Building Conference/Celebration

Thank you to our event sponsors

Rebuilders C8 Session 2

Location: Keystone, SD

Check back for additional details

Tribal Leader Orientation – Nation Building Strategies

A nation building seminar sponsored by the Native Governance Center


  • Strengthening governance – thinking strategically
  • Roles and responsibilities of elected officials
  • Effectively engaging legislative and executive branches of federal government
  • Legislative update for the 115th Congress
  • Tribal leaders sharing their experience and wisdom

About the session

The Native Governance Center serves the 23 Native nations in Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota. The Center seeks to partner with these nations through their elected leaders to strengthen their governing institutions.

In 2016, 17 of these 23 nations held elections and many new tribal council members assumed office. As you settle into your new responsibilities, we would like to invite you to a special two-day training developed to help you be an even more effective leader of your nation.

Hotel, and training cost scholarships are available for Elected Tribal Leaders. Accommodations will be coordinated by Kim Tilsen-Brave Heart ( at the Native Governance Center.

To register for the event, please fill out the information below.

Tribal Council Orientation Session Registration Form

Registration deadline: December 30, 2016