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Sustainability for Tribal Organizations and Communities

Nov 3, 2014

Every Tribe can achieve the goal of self determination and become truly sustainable. This can even happen if you are from a remote Tribe with very limited natural resources. Of course some of you may be thinking no way and my response is WAY. Actually there are a number of ways this can be accomplished…

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The value of self care

Oct 31, 2014

I did some work with the Port Gamble Youth Project this week and the sign above their door says in their Salish language Yahu’nact which means” take care of yourself.” This is a good reminder for all of you who work in stressful jobs within the Tribal organization which is most of you. Sometimes we…

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We Shall Overcome

Oct 28, 2014

My heart and prayers go out to all those who have been impacted by the shootings at Marysville and especially to the family members of those most directly impacted from the Tulalip Tribe. It is important to remember that our Tribes and our young people are engaged in many positive actions every day that are…

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How to achieve your goals

Oct 15, 2014

Within the tribal organization it is essential that you be familiar with a goal setting process that works. There should be goals you set for yourself which would be part of your individual work plan and then there are team goals. The goal should be stated in positive terms and it should be realistic. Sometimes…

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Progressive Discipline

Oct 14, 2014

One of the more difficult tasks of a supervisor is disciplining employees. In virtually all employee policies and procedure manuals the definition of progressive discipline is defined and should be clearly stated. It generally starts with a verbal warning and can progress all the way up to suspension without pay. It is important that you…

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Changing Columbus day to Indigenous Day

Oct 13, 2014

Many Tribes have changed celebrating Columbus day to another name or giving the staff the flexibility to have the day off anytime in October. And now some major cities are also looking at changing the name as well. Seattle is the first major city to change the name to Indigenous Day and will use it…

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Putting Employees First

Oct 9, 2014

There is a new book out called Uncontainable which is about he way the Container Store treats its employees. Their philosophy is you pay people a competitive wage, provide excellent fringe benefits, make recognition a high priority and allow for vertical advancement for their staff. Tribal organizations would do well to emulate this strategy. Often…

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Importance of onboarding

Oct 8, 2014

Onboarding or orientation of new employees is not just something you do because it is expected, rather it should be high priority for the Tribe or Casino. First impressions are key and they can make a big difference. Staff need to know the policies and procedures and all the key people within the organization they…

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The Power of Perseverance

Oct 7, 2014

Training and consultation to help your organization go from good to great I have been trying to get work with one Tribe for 10 years now. It has not worked out for one reason or another which had nothing to do with my capability. However, At least once a year I would touch base with…

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Update on Day 2 of NAHRA conference

Oct 1, 2014

The day started off with Robert Weaver speaking on the Affordable Care Act and its impact on Tribal Organizations. Mr. Weaver is a member of the Quapaw Tribe and he is very knowledgeable on the topic. He stated the importance of tribal sovereignty and if exercised properly Tribes have a tremendous opportunity to provide better…

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Update on NAHRA conference

Sep 30, 2014

The day started off with several keynote presentations on human resource issues for Tribal organizations and enterprises. One of the issues was on the difference between Native Preference versus Tribal Preference for Hiring criteria. Native Preference means anyone who is a Tribal member gets the highest priority for any position open, while Tribal Preference means…

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Three Ring Circus within the Organization

Sep 26, 2014

I am going to take my 3 yr and 4 yr old granddaughters to the circus tomorrow. It got me thinking about how some Tribal organization operate like a three ring circus. In other words they seem to thrive on chaos and drama. This comes from the lateral violence that is part of the legacy…

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