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

Portland 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.

 


PROGRAM OVERVIEW

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.

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 also completes a Capstone project pertaining to their particular organization and goals.

 

DESIRED OUTCOMES

Students successfully completing the program will develop skills in:

• Cultural competence;

• 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.

 

PARTICIPANT PROFILE

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.

 

MENTOR-FACILITATORS

Donald G. Sampson

Co-facilitator

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

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.

 

SCHEDULE

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

Friday, October 19, 2018

Friday, November 16, 2018

Friday, January 18, 2019

February 10-17, 2019 (DC Trip)

Friday, March 8, 2019

April 2018 exact dates TBD (State Capital Trip)

Friday, May 10, 2019

June 10-14, 2019 (Reservation Trip)

Friday, July 12, 2019

Friday, August 9, 2019 (Capstone Presentations)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OVERVIEW

VIEW PROGRAM FLYER
 
Schedule:
October 2018–August 2019
(No meeting in December)
 
Total Class Time:
7 In-class sessions + 3 Field trips
 

APPLICATION INFORMATION

Application Deadline:
September 15, 2018
 
Pre-Registration Form 
 

Register

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

CONTACT INFORMATION

Rick Mogren
Program Manager
503-936-9482
 
Josh Metzler
CPS Program Coordinator
503-725-5190
 

"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

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

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