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Tribal Government Programs


Local Government Programs


Certified Vendor Programs



Addressing the foremost needs of federally recognized governments throughout the United States, the Academy provides a comprehensive education and training experience for Native American and Alaska Native tribal governments and related organizations.

We assist tribal governments in fostering and advancing communications and mutually-respectful relations with municipalities, counties, townships and parishes, to state and federal governments. Furthermore, we provide viable long-term solutions to serve the unique economic, social and cultural needs of tribal governments by enhancing communications with tribal members and tribal employees.

The Academy also offers full and half-day educational seminars for local and county government officials and employees to create better understanding of the unique stature of sovereign tribal governments.

Finally, the Academy serves Indian Country by providing comprehensive evaluation of current and potential vendors and business partners through its ATLG Certified Vendor Program.

Modeled largely after the successful Claremont Graduate University Tribal Administration Certificate Program established in cooperation with the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, the Academy’s core curriculum includes:

  • Training & education of tribal members and tribal employees
  • Training & education of local, county and parish governments
  • Certification and evaluation of tribal vendors and business partners

The Academy also utilizes the world-class faculty and resources of the Claremont Colleges and other leading academic institutions, creating hands-on opportunities for Native American tribes to strengthen their knowledge in any number of relevant areas, including, but not limited to:

Nation Building & Economic Development Intergovernmental Relations
Native American History, Constitutions & Law Organizational Behavior and Management
Dynamics of Outstanding Leadership Public/Media Relations & Effective Outreach
The Principles of Marketing & Promotion Tribal Government Management


Program modules are fully customized to educate and empower your tribal members and employees while also enhancing the overall efficiency and effectiveness of your government.
We provide a comprehensive and culturally-relevant educational experience, one in which everyone from senior elected tribal officials to brand new employees can learn more about tribal governments, their history and culture, and their unique relationship with other governments on the local, state and federal levels.

The Academy presents a one-of-a-kind educational experience for tribal governments:

  • Innovative Curriculum – A unique mix of studies covering intergovernmental relations, Indian law, economic development, organizational management, history and culture, and more
  • Mobility – We bring our customized programs directly to tribal governments nationwide
  • Scalability – Our programs explore matters affecting all of Indian Country and are tailored to meet your tribe’s specific needs and address your tribe’s specific local and regional issues
  • Respected Faculty – Nationally-known academic leaders in Government, Native American Studies, Indian Law, Business Management and other disciplines
  • Online Presence – Special lectures, articles, research and other supporting materials are available online at

Customized tribal government program packages include:

  • Comprehensive pre-planning- including initial face-to-face consultation, questionnaire to determine specific program needs, materials review
  • Customized course development – Class topics, agenda, faculty, scheduling, supporting materials, special guest lecturers (upon request)
  • Logistics - location management, student enrollment and registration, on-site coordination, faculty scheduling, transportation and lodging
  • Location Set-Up - audio/video presentation equipment and materials
  • Post-program follow-up

Offering more than 200 years in higher education as well as economic, legal and business management excellence, our faculty is for their insight and teachings of the relevant issues facing tribes today.
Our faculty presents often complex issues in a fully customized, concise and engaging format to provide our clients with invaluable insight into productive intergovernmental communication and working relationships.

Contact us today for a personal one-on-one consultation. The Academy is here to help make your tribal government, membership and employees more effective and better informed.

“The Academy empowers Indian Country through specialized education programs that deliver positive long-term results. Let us create a customized program for your tribe that will advance intergovernmental relations, expand overall communication and improve productivity.”

- Deron Marquez, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Academy of Tribal & Local Government

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