Tribal Governance Webinar Series

MSU Extension hosts webinars for Michigan’s Tribal Leaders and Staff.

Michigan State University Extension’s Government and Public Policy Workteam will offer a series of three webinars beginning May 30, 2013. All three webinars will be from 10:30am to noon (EDT) and will also be hosted by MSUE Staff around the state at various locations, if participants wish to join in person.

The first topic in the series to be held May 30, 2013 will be Benchmarking: What does this mean for Michigan Tribal Governments? .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) is the Program Director and presenter on the topic. Benchmarking is a tool designed to help local governments improve services and potentially decrease costs. While benchmarking is an important and useful tool for most local governments, tough fiscal times in Michigan necessitate new and innovative ways to satisfy constituent needs under the strain of fewer resources. The overarching goal is to bring together local governments, including tribes from all over the state and produce meaningful and relevant performance measures for the purpose of benchmarking. Performance measures cover a variety of services provided by local governments.

The second topic is People, Places, and Placemaking to be held on July 11, 2013. .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Extension Educator will discuss the Michigan Economy in transition and how to achieve economic success in the New Economy by examining our communities through a new lens. Learn how “placemaking,” leverages a simple principle; people choose to settle in places that offer the amenities, social and professional networks, resources, and opportunities to support thriving lifestyles.

The final topic on Aug. 8, 2013 is Drafting Tribal Law, with Chief Judge .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) (Grand Traverse Band), Pokagon Band of Potawatomi and .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address), Staff Attorney and Adjunct Professor, MSU Indigenous Law and Policy Center. This workshop will focus on the reasoning behind tribal laws, the work of the tribal council and different issues that tribal council members should consider when they draft laws, ordinances, or resolutions.

To register for one or all three of the webinars please visit the Events Registration Page. To learn more about the topics, feel free to email the presenters.

The Government and Public Policy work team provides broad forms of civics education for youth and adults. To learn more about this and other programs contact an expert in your area, visit ask an expert, or call 888-MSUE4MI (888-678-3464).

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