Institute Portfolio

The Tribal Leadership Forum works with many programs. Past projects have included:

  • Great Tribal Leaders of Modern Times Course
  • Based on the video interview of tribal leaders across the United States, this course examined the contribution of the prominent tribal leaders who worked to preserve tribal self-determination, treaty rights and constitutionally protected status as sovereign governments. The lead instructor of this course is Hon. Elizabeth Furse who served as a Congresswoman from Oregon’s 1st district from 1993 to 1999.
  • Tribal Food Summit Conference 
    This conference will be educational and dedicated to youth leaders and Elders. We will hear from many great keynote speakers who will discuss legal goals, the history, and a future solution or at least the next step towards the summit's motto which is to protect, respect, and restore.

  • ATNI Tribal Energy/ CNET
    The Center for Northwest Energy Tribe’s (C-NET) mission is to support the tribal energy capacity building and self-determination for Northwest Tribes in Washington, Oregon, Montana, Idaho and Alaska by linking tribes to energy industry networks, resources, and partners. Check on the link to find videos, newsletters and more.

  • Tribal Trust and Treaty Training for U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service  The Tribal Leadership Forum will be doing a series of four trainings for the USFWS.

  • Tribal Water Conference Presented By: The Tribal Leadership Forum, Institute for Tribal Government at Portland State University, H2O Leaders, The University of Oklahoma-College of Law with The Sponsorship Of The Chickasaw and Choctaw Nations.

Ongoing and future projects include:

  • Tribal Governance, History, Culture, and Communications Training and Education Workshops
  • Certificate in Tribal Relations
  • Tribal Leaders Climate Change Summit
  • Tribal Climate Camp


Many programs and people have made individual contributions to the Institute for Tribal Government & Tribal Leadership Forum in different-ways (their time, volunteering, donations, etc). We would like to thank those who have helped us along the way.

Thank You:

  • The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians
    For more than 50 years, the members of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) have provided regional leadership, and advocacy, for Northwest Tribal interests. The Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) is one of the oldest and most respected regional organizations in the United States. Established in 1953 by Tribal leaders, ATNI represents over 50 Tribes from primarily Oregon, Washington, Idaho, with additional member Tribes in Alaska, Montana, Nevada, and Northern California.
  • Meyer Memorial Trust
    Meyer Memorial Trust's grant helped Tribal Leadership Forum develop curriculum so high school students can learn history of Tribal leaders in modern times -- important history that might otherwise be lost.
  • The University of Arizona
    Great Tribal Leaders of Modern Times: The leadership themes presented in these unique videos provide a rich resource that can be used by present and future generations of Native nations, students in Native American studies programs, and other interested groups.

  • One Sky Center
    Michelle has also assisted the Institute of Tribal Government Tribal Leadership Forum in the development of materials for tribal governance training and has participated as an instructor with intergovernmental entities for the Institute but also through the One Sky Center.

  • Gates Foundation
    Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation to fund a new project, the NW Tribal Teachers Pathway Project. The new project will create a teacher career pathway for American Indian college graduates students. The new funding spotlights a collaboration between the AIUTP and the Tribal Leadership Forum (TLF) within the Hatfield School of Government.


  • We will be posting more Contributors as we get more information, thank you, again.
Institute for Tribal Government Mark O. Hatfield School of Government – PA Portland State University P.O. Box 751 Portland, OR 97207-0751