Building Strong Sovereign Nations program to hold annual governance training later this month

The BSSN program supports tribal efforts to build strong communities, organizations and governments.

The Building Strong Sovereign Nations: Anishinaabek Leadership for Seven Generations program (BSSN) will offer its eighth annual tribal governance training Oct. 27 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at the Little River Casino Resort. The program is sponsored and coordinated by:

  • Michigan Tribal Leaders
  • United Tribes of Michigan
  • Michigan State University (MSU) Native American Institute
  • MSU College of Law and Indigenous Law & Policy Center
  • MSU Extension Greening Michigan Institute


The BSSN program supports tribal efforts to build strong communities, organizations and governments. The idea of a BSSN program was originally developed by Michigan Tribal Leaders who wanted to collaborate with Michigan State University Extension to create a capacity building training curriculum that is based on the needs identified by key tribal stakeholders for current and future generations. The participants will engage in discussion relating to the ethics, roles and responsibilities of Tribal Council, fiscal management in Indian Country and a historical overview of tribes in Michigan and their interaction with state and federal governments and conducting effective meetings. This program offers workshops based on various aspects of tribal governance but also provides an opportunity for tribal leadership to ask questions and learn how other Tribal Governments address concerns in their communities.                                  

Through this training, tribal leaders are empowered to share their successes and challenges with each other so they are better equipped to make positive changes in their communities. If you have questions to ask or are interested in talking with various facets of tribal government, each tribal government has a main telephone number and website which can connect you to the person or program that would best address your situation.

For more information on Michigan Tribal Governments, please visit the Michigan Department of Health and Human Resources page or the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians pdf.

To learn more about BSSN and additional tribal governance programs, please contact Emily Proctor, Tribal Extension Educator at (231) 439-8927, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) or John Amrhein Government and Public Policy Educator, (231)922-4627, .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address). Registration for the BSSN program is $80.00 and ends Oct. 14, 2016.

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