A Seminar on Nation-building Strategies for Tribal Leaders

Connect with other Tribal leaders during this two-day professional development training

Native Governance Center is pleased to offer this two-day professional development training for elected Tribal leaders representing the 23 Native nations sharing geography with Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

This seminar on Nation-building strategies will offer community engagement strategies for moving Tribal nations forward, activities to help you assess the state of your nation, build leadership skills, and allow you to connect with other Tribal leaders.

For those that are interested, we’re also hosting a small networking dinner the evening of January 17. Space is limited and responses are required before January 7, 2019.

Download the complete agenda as a pdf document: Tribal Leader Orientation: A Seminar on Nation Building Strategies


UPDATE: Registration is now closed. Thank you!

Space is limited. Registration is open and free of charge for elected Tribal leaders and their administrative directors and commissioners representing the 23 Native nations sharing geography with Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Download the complete agenda as a PDF document:


January 17

  • 7:30 am – Registration, Breakfast, Welcome
  • 8:00 am – Welcome & Introductions
  • 8:45 am – Session 1: Decision-Making Exercise
  • 9:15 am – Session 2 – Why are some Native Nations more successful than others?
  • 10:15 am – Session 3: Strengthening Indigenous Governance – Assessment
  • 11:00 am – Exercise: Where does your nation stand on the Nation-building continuum?
  • 11:15 am – Session 4:Strengthening Indigenous Governance – Solutions
  • 1:15 pm – Session 5: Strengthening Indigenous Governance – What Leaders Do
  • 2:00 pm – Session 6: Strengthening Indigenous Governance – Implementation & Sustainability
  • 2:45 pm – Tribal Nations Breakout Session
  • 4:00 pm – End of Day 1
  • 6:00 pm – Optional Networking Dinner (limited seating, first come-first served, RSVP with registration required)

January 18

  • 7:30 am – Breakfast
  • 8:30 am – Prayer & Reflections
  • 9:00 am – Update on Washington DC and Working with Federal Officials
  • 10:15 am – Tribal Leaders Panel
  • 11:30 am – Useful Nation-Rebuilding Tools
  • 1:00 pm – One Step Ahead: Effective Social Media Strategy for Tribal Leaders
  • 2:30 pm – What’s Next
  • 3:00 pm – Closing Prayer & Adjournment


Lodging is on your own, however a block of rooms is held at Timberlake Lodge, Grand Rapids at a discounted rate. Please contact the hotel directly at 866-800-2200 or 218-326-2600 and let them you are reserving a room under the “Native Governance Center” block of rooms.

Discounted Rates:

  • Queen: $119
  • King: $119


Blandin Foundation
100 N Pokegama Ave
Grand Rapids, MN 55774