Certificate in Tribal Relations

"I have been honored to represent the Port of Portland in the first cohort for Professional Certificate in Tribal Relations at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University. The class has provided me a greater understanding of the history of Native Americans, their current challenges and priorities, their government structures, and how State and Federal tribal policy is developed. The staff, the curriculum, the resources, and the first-hand experiences have been excellent. The class has provided a great foundation for me to better represent the Port in my work with our Oregon tribes."


Dwight Leisle PE, PMP

Environmental Program Manager

Port of Portland

The Certificate in Tribal Relations is offered by the Institute for Tribal Government and Center for Public Service in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government. It is designed for local, state, and federal government agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and trade associations that work regularly with tribal nations and native communities. The program seeks to:

-Foster understanding of tribal perspectives

-Increase staff effectiveness and accountability when working in Indian Country

-Improve working relationships between participants and the tribal communities with whom they work.



A Cohort Learning Experience – as part of a cohort, students benefit from the rich and varied experiences of their peers.

Friday Class Sessions – end of week classes make it convenient for working professionals to attend.

Selection of a Case Partner Tribe - Each student develops a relationship with one tribal government to compare course material with that tribe’s lived experiences.

Three Immersive Field Experiences – each cohort meets with leaders and senior staff at the federal state, and tribal levels of government.

Faculty and Staff Advisors – each cohort has mentor-facilitators to provide guidance through the program and coordinate content delivery. Course content is delivered by a cadre of tribal leaders, elders, and other experts.

Capstone – each student completes a Capstone project pertaining to their particular organization and goals.

Long-Distance Learning – students can participate in class sessions by using the Zoom video-conference platform



Students successfully completing the program will develop skills in:

• Cultural awareness and sensitivity;

• Trust and relationship building;

• Understanding and respecting tribal beliefs, interests, and priorities;

• Collaborative governance; and

• Represent agency programs and priorities to the tribal governments and native communities with which they work.



Mid-career professionals employed by local, state, federal, and regional government agencies, non-profit and for-profit organizations, and trade associations who work regularly with tribal nations and native communities.


Members of tribal governments and other native communities interested in collaborative governance.



Direlle R. Calica, J.D.

Director & Co-facilitator

Institute for Tribal Government

Citizen of the Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs, Mrs. Direlle R. Calica. J.D. has over 20-years of experience as a legislative, policy, planning, and regulatory advisor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office-District of Oregon, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Intertribal Organizations, and various Indian Tribes. Mrs. Calica has extensive professional experience in intergovernmental affairs, hydro-system planning, tribal economic development, tribal energy infrastructure policy, and tribal water policy. She has also served as a White House Intern and Mark O. Hatfield Congressional Fellow in the U.S. Senate. Her professional background includes a Juris Doctorate with a focus on Business and Natural Resource policy. Mrs. Calica was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Lewis & Clark Law School in the Indian Law Program. Mrs. Calica also serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the Northwest Energy Coalition, the Oregon Native American Chamber, and Council Member for the Oregon Energy Facility Siting Council. She is also a Bonneville Environmental Foundation (B-E-F) Board of Director, Emeritus. Mrs. Calica is the Managing Partner of Kanim Associates, LLC a Native American, women and Veteran owned company based in Portland, Oregon. Finally, she is a member of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA) and the WSBA Environmental Law Section.

Donald G. Sampson


Institute for Tribal Government


Don Sampson is the former Director of the Institute for Tribal Government at Portland State University. The Institute serves tribal governments and provides training to government agencies and others interested in learning about tribal government. He also owns Seventh Generation, a tribal advisory and consultation company that works to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of tribal government and business operations. Previously, he served as Director of Native programs at Ecotrust; Executive Director of the Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation (CTUIR); and Executive Director of the Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission. He is an enrolled member of the CTUIR with Walla Walla tribal heritage.


Eric (Rick) Mogren

Program Manager & Co-facilitator

Center for Public Service


Dr. Rick Mogren is an associate professor of public administration at the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, Portland State University. He is a former Army engineer officer, having retired with the rank of Colonel. His last Army assignment was a Deputy Commander and Chief of Staff for the US Army Corps of Engineers Northwestern Division. Among his responsibilities was maintaining the government-to-government relationship between the Corps and Pacific Northwest Indian tribes. He entered consulting after his retirement from the Army. Part of his consulting practice included facilitation of state, federal, and tribal collaborations regarding completion of salmon recovery plans.



Sessions meet on the following dates from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm:

Friday, October 18, 2019

Friday, November 15, 2019

Friday, December 13, 2019

Friday, January 10, 2020

February 9-14, 2020 (DC Trip)

March 2-5, 2020 (State Capitol Trip)

Friday, April 17, 2020

Friday, May 15, 2020

June 15-19, 2020 (Indian Country Trip)

Friday, July 17, 2020 (Capstone Presentations)


October 2019–July 2020
2019-20 Tuition:
Includes: tuition, fees, textbooks, one group dinner during each immersive field experience & NCAI Conference Registration
Not Included: travel expenses for immersive field experiences (i.e. lodging, transportation, meals, etc.)
Total Class Time:
7 In-class sessions + 3 Field trips


Pre-Registration Form (PDF)


If you need an invoice, please contact PSU Non-Credit Solutions directly at learn@pdx.edu


Rick Mogren
Program Manager
Michaela Madrid
ITG Program Coordinator

"This course has covered virtually all the areas I would want someone new to working with tribes and Native Americans in Indian Country to be familiar with. It has challenged me to rethink what I know, what is important to know, and I have learned to be an even better tribal liaison for both my agency and for the tribes."

J.R. Inglis
Tribal Liaison
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

"This program has been transformational. The depth of knowledge I've gained over the past year would have normally taken the course of a career to learn. The access to tribal resources, political players and policy makers is outstanding. I've built a new network of contacts that can't help but add value to my Agency, my staff and my own job performance."

Marsha Hoskins
Public Transportation Manager
Oregon Department of Transportation

"The Professional Certificate in Tribal Relations program provides tremendous benefit in understanding Tribal history, culture, issues and priorities. The knowledge and relationships developed through this course will dramatically improve ONDA's ability to partner with tribes on issues of mutual interest as we advocate to protect, defend and restore Oregon's high desert."

Dan Morse
Conservation Director
Oregon Natural Desert Association

CPS Course Withdrawl Policy:

100% tuition refund

Written request to drop/withdraw from a course received by the Program Coordinator by 5 pm, 7 business days prior to the first class (Minus any applicable non-refundable fees and $100 administration charge)

40% tuition refund

Written request to drop/withdraw from a course received by the Program Coordinator prior to the participant attending the second class: (Minus any applicable non-refundable fees and $100 administration charge)

0% tuition refund

Written request to drop/withdraw from a course received by the Program Coordinator after a participant has attended the second class