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Native American Lawyer, Little Fawn Boland

By Gale Courey Toensing February 17, 2011

Little Fawn Boland

When Little Fawn Boland was a child growing up in Nevada, she earned a black belt in tae kwon do, and she believes that providing her with martial arts training was one of the best things her parents ever did for her. “I think being in martial arts as a kid is such a good thing. It teaches discipline and respect for your elders, and never to miss your training or your tests. I think it was a very good foundation for my studies.” Boland knows plenty about discipline and training and taking tests: Just six years ago she earned her law degree from the University of California’s Hastings College of the Law, in San Francisco, one of the top law schools in the country.

ATLG welcomes respected Indian Law attorney Little Fawn Boland

January 19, 2011
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Contact:   Academy of Tribal & Local Government


Academy of Tribal & Local Government proudly welcomes respected Indian Law attorney Little Fawn Boland to its world-class faculty

A member of the Piro-Manso-Tiwa of the San Juan de Guadalupe Pueblo, Ms. Boland is a recognized expert in representing tribes and Native Americans

Long Beach, CA – The Academy of Tribal & Local Government, the leading training and education institute in Indian Country, has welcomed Little Fawn Boland, a widely-respected expert in federal Indian Law, to its world-class faculty.

Plan now for 2011

Dear Friends & Colleagues

Season’s Greetings from the Academy of Tribal & Local Government.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank you for your continued support of the Academy.  You give great meaning to our work and help further our commitment to improving working relations among Tribal nations, local governments and businesses. 

May your holiday season be filled with much joy, happiness and good health.  We look forward to working with you in the coming year.

Warm Holiday Wishes,
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Deron Marquez, Founder
The Academy of Tribal & Local Government
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Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Dear Friends & Colleagues,

Reflecting on the challenges that remain in Tribal relations with local government and businesses, we look forward to working with you in the coming months and year.  Thank you for your commitment to improving communication and working relations among Tribal nations, local governments and private businesses. 
 
On behalf of the Academy of Tribal & Local Government, we wish you and yours a safe and Happy Thanksgiving.

Gratefully,

Deron Marquez

P.S. If you have yet to do so, please keep up to date with the Academy’s activities by following our twitter feed at http://twitter.com/atlgonline

Working Solutions for Today’s Indian Country

Working Solutions for Today’s Indian Country
By Staff reports
Story Published: Sep 14, 2010

RED WING, Minn. – The Academy of Tribal and Local Government has been selected to present its innovative practicum “Working Solutions for Today’s Indian Country” at the 2010 Business Development in Indian Country Conference, produced by Buss Productions and hosted by Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Red Wing, Minnesota Sept. 27 – 29.

Hosted this year by the Prairie Island Indian Community, the Business Development in Indian Country Conference brings together hundreds of tribal and business leaders from across the United States to share experiences and ideas for building sustainable tribal economies.

Press Release: Working Solutions for Today’s Indian Country

August 25, 2010
For Immediate Release
Contact:     Academy of Tribal & Local Government
                    (877) 945-2200       

Academy of Tribal & Local Government to present innovative practicum “Working Solutions for Today’s Indian Country” at 2010 Business Development in Indian Country Conference

Academy’s world-class faculty will lead unique interactive seminar as part of major national Native American economic symposium

August 24, 2010 - The Academy of Tribal & Local Government has been selected to present its innovative practicum “Working Solutions for Today’s Indian Country” at the 2010 Business Development in Indian Country Conference, produced by Buss Productions and hosted by Treasure Island Resort & Casino in Red Wing, Minnesota September 27-29, 2010.

Hosted this year by the Prairie Island Indian Community, the Business Development in Indian Country Conference brings together hundreds of tribal and business leaders from across the United States to share experiences and ideas for building sustainable tribal economies.

ATLG New Faculty Member, Bradley Bledsoe Downes

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Contact:   Academy of Tribal & Local Government
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Academy of Tribal & Local Government proudly welcomes respected tribal attorney Bradley Bledsoe Downes to its world-class faculty

A member of the Chickasaw Nation, Mr. Bledsoe Downes is a recognized expert in federal Indian law, tribal government sovereignty, gaming regulation, labor and government relations

Long Beach, CA – The Academy of Tribal & Local Government, the leading training and education institute in Indian Country, proudly welcomed to its world class faculty Bradley Bledsoe Downes, one of the leading experts in federal Indian law and other issues affecting Indian Country,

ATLG New Faculty Member, Norm King

February 2, 2010

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Academy of Tribal & Local Government welcomes former San Bernardino Associated Governments Executive Director Norm King to its world-class faculty

Mr. King joins Academy’s diverse and rapidly growing faculty dedicated to fostering more productive and mutually-respectful relations between local and tribal governments nationwide

Long Beach, CA – The Academy of Tribal & Local Government, the leading training and education institute in Indian Country, proudly welcomed Norm King, former Executive Director of the San Bernardino Associated Governments (SANBAG), to its world class faculty. 

ATLG welcomes tribal attorney Michelle LaPena

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Academy of Tribal & Local Government proudly welcomes respected tribal attorney Michelle LaPena to its world-class faculty

A member of the Pit River Indian Tribe, Ms. LaPena is a recognized expert in tribal law, gaming regulation, tribal-state compacts and cultural resource protection

Long Beach, CA – Further enhancing the finest possible education and training experience for tribal governments throughout North America, the Academy of Tribal & Local Government proudly welcomed respected tribal attorney Michelle LaPena to its world-class faculty.

Deron Marquez CNN-HLN Interview

Dear Friends:

This past Friday, October 23rd, I gave an exclusive interview to the Charter Local Edition of CNN Headline News.
You can watch the entire interview, which runs approximately four minutes, by clicking on the link below:

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We have also posted it on our website at www.ATLGonline.com.

The discussion touched on tribal economic development in Indian Country, the positive effects of Indian gaming on local economies, and the opportunities now afforded Native Americans, including better education, thanks to the improved financial health of tribal governments. 

These are just a few of the very issues we are bringing directly to Indian Country through the Academy of Tribal and Local Government’s customized education and training programs designed to address the unique needs of tribal nations throughout North America.

The Academy helps tribal governments more effectively serve the interests of their general memberships while building stronger intergovernmental relations.

I want to thank you again for your interest in the Academy, and I look forward to keeping you updated on upcoming news and events.

For more information about the Academy of Tribal and Local Government, please visit www.ATLGonline.com.

Sincerely,

Deron Marquez
Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer

ATLG proudly welcomes two nationally-recognized experts to its world-class faculty

October 21, 2009
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Contact:  Academy of Tribal & Local Government
Deron Marquez

Academy of Tribal & Local Government proudly welcomes two nationally-recognized experts to its world-class faculty

Dr. Kate Spilde and Tracy Burris join Academy’s diverse roster of academic, business, legal and other industry leaders dedicated to educating tribal and local governments nationwide on wide range of major issues

California – As part of its commitment to address the foremost needs of tribes and local governments nationwide, the Academy of Tribal & Local Government (“Academy”) proudly announced the addition of Dr. Kate Spilde, Ph.D., Endowed Chair of the Sycuan Institute on Tribal Gaming at San Diego State University, and Tracy Burris, Gaming Commissioner for the Viejas Band of Kumeyaay Indians, to its respected teaching faculty.

Dr. Spilde and Mr. Burris will join others from across the country bringing decades of experience to the faculty.

Academy Co-Founder and CEO Deron Marquez reflects on 66th NCAI Annual Convention and Trade Show

October 15, 2009

Dear Friends:

It has been an extraordinary three days for the Academy of Tribal & Local Government.

Our national debut at the 66th Annual NCAI Convention and Trade Show was a tremendous success and we now look forward to working directly with tribal governments all over North America on creating customized programs designed to tackle the major issues facing Indian Country today.

For me personally, these past three days were memorable on many levels. It was great to see so many old friends and familiar faces, and to meet new and dynamic tribal leaders and others working to make a difference in Indian Country.

I also came away recharged with a new excitement and optimism. There is a sense that despite these difficult economic times that have indeed hit tribal nations as hard, or harder, than anywhere else, a brighter future lies ahead.

As such, I believe the Academy is perfectly positioned to help empower and secure that brighter future for tribal governments throughout North America by addressing and providing solutions to the short and long-term issues they face. 

Needless to say, I was humbled and inspired by the reaction from tribal representatives at NCAI, including even Alaska Natives and members of Canadian First Nations, who expressed a strong desire to work with us on customized programs to address their specific needs. 

We met literally hundreds of tribal leaders, regulatory officials, business owners and others at NCAI looking for answers and workable solutions to the major issues facing Indian Country. Each and every one was excited about the Academy and its commitment to developing customized education programs designed to deliver positive long-term results. 

There is so much excitement that many actually approached us during the convention with innovative ideas to explore an even greater range of issues tribes face daily. As such, we are already working to expand our core curriculum to incorporate these new issues that affect virtually every tribe in North America. 

Perhaps most personally fulfilling is that the Academy is Native-owned and operated. Along with respected leaders with more than 200 years of Indian Country experience, we are working hand-in-hand with tribes to address critical issues and provide viable solutions for every facet of Indian Country. 

As the former Chairman of the San Manuel Band of Mission Indians, I understand the challenges tribal leaders face. I am honored to lead the Academy’s efforts to not only build bridges of understanding between Indian Country and local governments nationwide, but also to help create more effective tribal governments that are more responsive to the needs of their general memberships.

Our faculty includes some of the finest Native American minds in the academic world, as well as respected tribal government leaders, business innovators and others, many of whom are members of tribes themselves. We bring a deep understanding of Native American culture, traditions and practices found nowhere else.

And we are adding new faculty virtually every day; we have received phone calls and emails from tribal, academic and industry leaders from all over North America seeking to join the best and the brightest in developing programs and solutions for Indian Country.

We believe our institute stands alone in that we offer the finest possible hands-on educational experience for tribal governments throughout North America.

From business management and economic development, effective tribal leadership and legal matters, to improved relations with other governments, employees, local businesses and much more, the Academy serves the very specific needs of tribal governments, Alaska villages and corporations, and Canadian First Nations everywhere. But that’s not all.

The Academy also offers specialized full and half-day educational seminars for local, county and state government officials and employees that examine a wide range of Native American issues and emphasize strategies to foster strong relations with neighboring tribal nations.

Finally, the Academy’s online Vendor Certification Program will provide businesses seeking to work with tribal governments training in Native American affairs, tribal government structures, sovereignty, Indian law, cultural sensitivity and more.

No other training and education institute offers the universe of programs we do, and with our expanding program offerings and world-class faculty, we are truly excited about the Academy’s future.

To everyone we met at the NCAI Convention and Trade Show: thank you for your enthusiastic interest and support. We look forward to working with you in the coming days to identify your specific needs and create a customized program package that works for you.

And to tribal nations, leaders and others we have yet to meet: we hope to see you at future gatherings in the weeks and months to come. Please take a moment to visit our website as www.ATLGonline.com to learn more about what the Academy of Tribal & Local Government is doing that is creating such a buzz throughout Indian Country.Deron-4.jpg

 

Deron Marquez is Co-Founder and CEO of the Academy of Tribal & Local Government

Academy generating major interest in Indian Country at 66th Annual NCAI Convention

October 14, 2009

Palm Springs, CA – building on its successful national debut yesterday, the Academy of Tribal & Local Government continues to generate significant interest and buzz throughout Indian Country at the 66th Annual NCAI Convention & Trade Show in Palm Springs.

In only two days the Academy has received more than 300 inquiries from tribes and organizations across the nation about its ground-breaking training programs.

Meanwhile, Co-Founder and CEO Deron Marquez was interviewed by local and national media throughout the day about the Academy’s exciting, innovative and customized curriculum.

Academy debut at 66th Annual NCAI Conference a great success

October 13, 1009

Palm Springs, CA - The Academy of Tribal & Local Government made its official debut today at the National Congress of American Indians’ 66th Annual Convention and Trade Show taking place at the Palm Springs Convention Center through October 16th. And by all accounts it was a great success.

More than 200 inquiries were submitted by tribal leaders and others from across the nation about the Academy’s diverse training programs, which are designed to address critical issues throughout Indian Country.

“We are genuinely thrilled with the level of interest we have created in just our first day,” stated Co-Founder and CEO Deron Marquez. “We are excited about developing customized programs that will deliver real results for tribal nations across the United States.”

Academy of Tribal & Local Government debuts at NCAI Conference in Palm Springs tomorrow thru Thursday. Creating buzz in Indian Country booth #418.

Academy of Tribal & Local Government debuts at NCAI Conference in Palm Springs tomorrow thru Thursday. Stop and see us at Booth #418.

Deron Marquez: New effort builds bridges

Indianz.com Thursday, October 8, 2009

Note: The Academy of Tribal & Local Government will be exhibiting in Booth #418 at the 66th annual National Congress of American Indians conference next week.

We seem to see the same headlines virtually every day: federally-recognized tribal governments exercising their sovereign right to create viable economic development, building roads or schools, reclaiming ancestral lands, while neighboring local and county governments raise a ruckus and file lawsuits. The unending cycle creates animosity between governments and is unhealthy for both sides.

Of course, there are always two sides to every story. In this sometimes acrimonious atmosphere, we often forget that local government officials are elected or appointed to best serve their own constituents, just as members of tribal councils, business committees and other tribal governing bodies do.

NCAI to host Indian Country Counts kickoff

Indianz.com, Friday, October 9, 2009

The National Congress of American Indians will host the kickoff for the "Indian Country Counts" campaign at its 66th annual conference in Palm Springs, California, next week.

The U.S. Census Bureau hopes to improve the count of American Indians and Alaska Natives for the 2010 Census. Historically, Native American, along with Native Hawaiians, are the most undercounted group in the nation.

Census Director Robert Groves will be at the conference to reaffirm the agency's Indian Country policy.
 

National Congress of American Indians' conference comes to Palm Springs

Debra Gruszecki, Desert Sun, October 7, 2009

The National Congress of American Indians, the oldest and largest organization representing tribal governments, will formally launch its 2010 Census Campaign, "Indian Country Counts,'' on Monday.

The campaign will be launched during the National Congress of American Indians' annual convention at Palm Springs Convention Center.

The conference is expected to draw 1,500 to 3,000 tribal, business and political leaders, as well as officials affiliated with tribal gaming and related industries, social or government organizations.

NCAI will elect top officers

By Mark Fogarty, Indian Country Today, October 6, 2009

PALM SPRINGS, Calif. – The National Congress of American Indians has a full agenda for its annual meeting to be held Oct. 11 – 16 in Palm Springs, including election of top officers, meetings of its caucuses and task forces, and scheduled visits from national politicians such as Sen. Max Baucus, D-Mont., and California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger.

The group will elect its president, vice president, secretary and treasurer by electronic ballot. Members must be registered at the conference in order to vote. Area vice presidents will also be elected separately in area caucuses. Joe Garcia is the current NCAI president.