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Archive for January 2017

Your Mission should you decide to accept it

I always like mission impossible starting with the T.V. show so I couldn’t resist using its most famous line. In terms of a Tribal mission statement most Tribal organizations have one however in some cases it has not been revised or updated in a long time. Often I find that staff do not know what…

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The Power of a Vision for your Organization

As I have written recently Tribal organizations need to prepare and plan for the major changes which are coming down the pipeline. One report I read is that the government is looking at up to a 40% cutback in federal funding in the near future. In order to sustain these type of draconian cuts it…

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Prepare, Plan and Perform under new administration

Now that the election is over it is time to think strategically for the short term and the potential long term. While I don’t like to make assumptions, as none of us can predict the future, it is wise to think strategically about the implications of the presidential election and what it portends for Indian…

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DAPL approved but not a done deal

Here is President Trump signing the Executive Order approving the completing of DAPL. This is a major setback for Standing Rock and for all Indian country. However, the fight is not over. I am reminded of a quote from one of our Tribal leaders that is good to recall at a time like this. “If…

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Speak with Impeccable Words

There has been a lot of discussion about the words that the current administration has been using since their first press conference on Friday. They seem to loose with the facts and they have become the masters of disinformation. While this may play well with those who support your point of view it causes major…

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