Native nations in our region have identified a need to strengthen their financial infrastructure. Informed leadership and strong financial management practices are crucial components for effective self-governance.

In response to this need, we’re launching a new Tribal Finance program to support Native nations in building their financial capacity. The program is currently in a pilot stage; we’re partnering with CliftonLarsonAllen LLP and the Humphrey School of Public Affairs to host the pilot.

Using a Native nation rebuilding approach to Tribal finance, we hope to equip Tribal leaders with the inspiration, skills, resources, and connections they need to effectively put their ideas into action for improving their Tribal financial systems. We also want to help leaders build a foundation for increasing their Tribal capacity and exerting their sovereignty.

“Nation rebuilding” is the process of leaving behind ineffective models of Tribal governance, or the standard approach, and rebuilding culturally-relevant governance institutions through five established elements of success: sovereignty, capable governing institutions, cultural match, strategic orientation, and spirited leadership.

Participants in the program will experience:

  • In-depth financial assessment
  • Educational training and resources
  • Peer learning with other Native nations
  • Group conference attendance
  • Mentorship and technical assistance
  • Project based funding


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

Michelle Red Day

Program Coordinator - Tribal Governance michelle@nativegov.org