Indigenous Leaders in Governance


We developed our Indigenous Leaders in Governance (ILG) program in response to feedback from elected Tribal leaders. They expressed a need for education for elected leaders (new and seasoned), as well as technical assistance on how to develop their own onboarding and orientation programs. ILG offers elected Tribal leaders and administrators both of these opportunities.

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Michelle Red Day

Program Manager - Tribal Governance

Ashleigh Thompson

Program Coordinator - Tribal Governance Support

Virtual Workshop Series

Our virtual workshop series introduces and explains Native nation rebuilding and traditional Indigenous governance principles. We make these concepts accessible and highlight practical ways nations might implement these approaches in their leadership and governance. We customize our virtual workshop series to fit nations’ needs and interests. The four live virtual workshops feature a mix of presentations, guest speakers, activities, and reflection. This education provides a good foundation for strengthening Tribal leadership and governance. Below are the general workshop topics:

  • Traditional Indigenous Leadership and Governance
  • Native Nation Rebuilding Philosophy
  • Today’s Tribal Governance
  • Tribal, State, and Federal Relations

Technical Assistance

Once a Native nation’s elected leadership and administration complete the workshop series, they are eligible to receive technical assistance on developing and implementing an orientation and onboarding program. Supporting Native nations with implementing their own programs helps strengthen sovereignty and provides a sustainable way for elected leaders to receive important decision making training into the future.

Request our Services

Are you interested in bringing Indigenous Leaders in Governance to your nation? Complete our short form using the link below, and we’ll reach out to you with more information. 

ILG Participant

“…the Nation Building approach is our only alternative to change for a better and more effective governance structure. Thank you for your work.”

—ILG Participant

Governance Resources

Rebuilding Tribal Finance

In this explainer video, learn how Native nations can use Native Nation Rebuilding principles to strengthen their Tribal finance systems.

Diversification of Tribal Revenue

Diversified revenue sources allow Native nations to effectively care for their people through social programming, economic development, and uplifting sovereignty. This resource highlights common ways Native nations are diversifying their revenue streams, and the benefits and challenges of each.

What is Indigenous governance?

Here at Native Governance Center, we talk a lot about governance. For starters, it’s in our name. And, we center our work on helping Native nations strengthen their governance systems. Why, specifically, are we so focused on governance? And, why is strong governance important?