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Cultural Competency Workshop: Tribal Sovereignty and Government Roots (Grand Forks)

November 15, 2017 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm

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Tribal Sovereignty and the Roots of Government

Examining the evolution and foundations of Tribal government and leadership in order to help agencies and organizations work with Tribes and Tribal programs. The session provides a brief overview of the Tribes of North Dakota and a set of protocols that may be helpful in building Tribal relations.

Upon completion of this session, participants will:

  • Gain knowledge of historical and contemporary views of Tribal governance and leadership.
  • Be able to articulate the major historical events shaping Tribal governments.
  • Be able to apply the learned concepts to help effectively interact with Tribes and American Indian populations.

Who should attend: State and county elected leaders and government officials, agency supervisors, representatives of organizations that work with Tribes, and members of the public seeking to understand Tribal-State relationships.

The workshop presenter is Cheryl Ann Kary (Hunkuotawin), enrolled member of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and Executive Director of the Sacred Pipe Resource Center (SPRC), a non-profit organization serving the American Indian population in Bismarck-Mandan. She received her Bachelor of Science degree in Communications from the University of Mary, as well as Master’s Degrees in Management and in Business Administration. She holds a Ph.D. in Communication & Public Discourse from the University of North Dakota. Kary has previously served as the Curriculum Development Specialist at the Native American Training Institute, the Research Director at United Tribes Technical College, the Executive Director for the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and a Grants Management Specialist at the N.D. Department of Health. The session will be co-facilitated by Marilyn Kary, enrolled Tribal member, elder and Licensed Social Worker.

Refreshments and a light lunch will be provided.

The cost is $50. Please visit the Registration page to sign up and for payment details. We are able to accept payments online!

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View or download the printable flyer (PDF).

The Cultural Competency Workshop Series is a service of SPRC for professionals in the Bismarck-Mandan area working with and in American Indian populations. CEUs are provided where possible.


November 15, 2017
9:00 am - 12:00 pm
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UND American Indian Center
315 Princeton Street
Grand Forks, 58202 United States
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Sacred Pipe Resource Center