This year the Professional Certificate in Tribal Relations, offered by the Institute of Tribal Government (ITG) in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, will be offering five of its sessions to the public as an open-registration professional development opportunity. Each session will welcome guest speakers from tribal, federal, state or local government agencies as well as nonprofit organizations to provide a wide range of perspectives on each session topic listed below.

The first two sessions have been approved for Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) credits by the Oregon State Bar; subsequent sessions are currently being reviewed. Please feel free to contact us for any questions regarding MCLE credits.

Session agendas will be available closer to each session date.

Please note that audit participation is not offered at this time.

Who Should Register?

Professionals in, but not limited to, the following areas:

  • Legal practice;
  • Local, state, federal, tribal and regional government agencies;
  • Nonprofit and for-profit organizations;
  • Educational institutions;
  • Trade associations;
  • Anyone who works regularly with tribal nations and native communities

Session Fees:

  • Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Credit Option: $1,000 per session
  • Professional Development Option (non-MCLE): $750 per session

Session Dates & Topics

Completed Sessions:

  • Friday, March 12, 10am-3pm: “Eras of Federal & State Indian Law & Policy”;
  • Friday, April 9, 10am-3pm: “Tribal Governments & Governance”;
  • Friday, May 14, 10am-3pm: “Intertribal & Intergovernmental Relations”;
  • Friday, July 9, 10am-3pm: “Non-Federally Recognized Tribes & Non-Reservation Tribal Communities”;

Upcoming Session:

  • Friday, August 6, 10am-3pm: “Trends in Tribal Capacity & Emerging Issues”


Josh Metzler

Program Coordinator