In my experience, tribal governments are only as limited (or creative) as they allow themselves to be.  More often than not, these undefined limitations, are rooted in long-term conditioning that is subconsciously kept alive.  Nonetheless, I believe that all tribal communities have the ability to re-create themselves in whatever image they (individually or collectively) desire. Conscious tribal governance is the ability to analyze the internal and external mental landscape of our environments, so we, as tribal communities, can find new roads forward.

In this course, students will learn how to transition every life experience into a useful (and powerful) tool; a tool that can shape the communities we only dream about. We will discuss the wilderness of Indian Country, the imagination of the global-indigenous, and how all of that, transcends toward the common good of humanity. As a group, we will constructively dismantle unreasonable correlations, in order to identify what exceptional knowledge of a particular craft looks like.

We will examine our collective past via reasonable assumption and storytelling, in order to bring forth viable answers for the future of our communities. We will discuss the need to highlight and appreciate all methods of creativity (and the rewarding aspects of those processes). We will be examining the basis for role modeling and goal setting.

Furthermore, we will assess Tribal Think Tanks, the creation of sacred space, practical innovation of leadership, and expansive (and sustainable) socioeconomics in relation to social capital. Learning, like anything in life, takes skill and determination, and if we can cognitively develop a value system that will inevitably pay dividends, why wouldn’t we?

These are the conscious areas, modern tribal leaders will need to be able to engage in, at all times moving forward. We will assess best practices in the field of tribal operations and understand your own learning curve.  Most importantly, we will dissect the many differences of authority versus tenets of leadership.

In my vast experience, working directly with tribal governments and their communities—almost every time—I have encountered the same cyclical obstructions.  Not enough positive affirmations, low self-esteem, exorbitant degrees of negative re-enforcement, and lateral oppression occurring at all levels of the community. And every time, I have believed the same thing.  I can teach any open-mind how to re-align these wobbly wheels, on the rez-car named “tribal thinking”: but “they”, in their spiritual mission, will have to address their own ideologies first”. — Brian Melendez