The program has two main components: customized learning sessions and follow-up technical assistance. The learning sessions introduce participants to Indigenous governance and leadership fundamentals. The technical assistance component provides nations with guidance and tactical resources as they begin the process of developing their own orientation programs, which Tribal leaders have indicated a desire to do.
We work with one nation at a time, delivering the Indigenous Leaders in Governance curricula to all elected leaders from the participating nation. This allows us to customize our content to fit that nation’s needs, goals, culture, and values. For example, when we teach about Native nation rebuilding during our virtual learning sessions, we highlight examples of how the participating nation is already implementing rebuilding principles as a way to foster understanding. We ask Tribal leaders for input on specific topics, focus areas, and speakers. We also work with them to identify and host a knowledge keeper who can speak to their nation’s traditional forms of governance.