Program Structure

Tribal Finance Program Structure

We’re looking for four Native nations to join our 2024-2025 Tribal Finance Program. Read on to learn about whether our program is right for your nation, or download the pdf below.


Do you have questions about the Tribal Finance program? Let us know, we’d love to talk with you!

Kathryn Young

Program Manager - Tribal Finance

Sasha Strong

Program Coordinator - Tribal Finance
Program Structure


Each nation may select up to five participants, including elected officials, finance department leadership, and other relevant staff. We’d like to see nations choose a diverse team and include both elected leaders and staff.

We’re asking participating nations to commit to:

  • Passing a Tribal Resolution in support of participating
  • Sharing financial data for the initial assessments* (to be kept confidential)
  • Participating in the full two-year program, including attendance at all convenings
  • Sharing your experience with peers
  • Ensuring all participants are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 before in-person convenings

*Our financial assessments help participants identify the current state of their nation’s financial systems and their vision for the future of these systems. They also assist them in identifying needs to address during the program.

Native Governance Center will cover all costs related to convening lodging, meals, and supplies for program participants.

Cohort 1 Testimonials

2024-2025 Cohort Projected Program Dates and Activities


  • Fall 2023: Meet with interested Native nations and outline participant lists
  • December 2023: Project agreements and nations’ participant lists finalized
  • January-March 2024: Program kickoff
  • February-May 2024: Tribal Finance assessments
  • August-December 2024: In-person and virtual convenings


2025 programming will include continued in-person and virtual convenings, monthly mentor meetings, and the completion of each nation’s grant reporting. We’ll finalize the content and schedule based on the results of our 2024 program activities and learnings.


Chairwoman Cathy Chavers, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

Learning a new way to think, collaborating with other tribes, and just having a way to get expertise has been very helpful for Bois Forte.

—Chairwoman Cathy Chavers, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa