Number of Programs: 2
October 15 - 16, 2018
Castle Board Room, Law College Building, 648 N. Shaw Lane, East Lansing, Michigan 48824
MSU's Indigenous Law and Policy Center sponsors an annual Indigenous Law Conference. This two day conference includes many speakers, as well as a Litigation Update. The 2018 keynote speaker is Matthew L.M. Fletcher, Professor, MSU College of Law and Director, Indigenous Law and Policy Center.
October 3, 2018. 1:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Firekeepers Casino, 11177 E. Michigan Ave., Battle Creek, MI 49014
The Building Strong Sovereign Nations (BSSN) program supports tribal efforts to build strong communities, organizations and governments. The idea of a BSSN program was originally developed by Michigan Tribal leaders who wanted to collaborate with MSU Extension to create a capacity building training curriculum based on the needs identified by tribal stakeholders for current and future generations.
BSSN participants will engage in discussion relating to the ethics, roles and responsibilities of tribal council, fiscal management in Indian Country, best practices for conducting effective meetings, and gain a historical overview of tribes in Michigan and their interaction with state and federal governments. This program offers workshops based on various aspects of tribal governance but also provides an opportunity for tribal leadership to ask questions and learn how other tribal governments address the issues and concern of their communities. Through this training, tribal leaders are empowered to share their successes and challenges with each other so they are better equipped to make positives changes in their communities.