The Michigan Tribal Governance education program is celebrating its seventh BSSN

Building Strong Sovereign Nations (BSSN) training scheduled for Oct. 13, 2015 in Mount Pleasant.

The Michigan Tribal Governance education program is celebrating its seventh Building Strong Sovereign Nations: Anishinaabek Leadership for Seven Generations program (BSSN)! It is a celebration of building partnerships with and between leaders of tribal nations in Michigan. BSSN equips new and experienced tribal leaders with training to provide culturally appropriate, effective, high quality governance for their citizens, and to better communicate with and engage their citizens.

The BSSN tribal governance training is scheduled for October 13 from 1p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Soaring Eagle Casino and Resort. Registration for the BSSN program is $75 and ends October 1, 2015.

The program is sponsored and coordinated by Michigan tribal leaders, United Tribes of Michigan, Michigan State University (MSU) Native American Institute, MSU College of Law and Indigenous Law & Policy Center, and MSU Extension Greening Michigan Institute. The Building Strong Sovereign Nations Program supports tribal efforts to build strong communities, organizations, and governments.

The idea of a BSSN program was originally envisioned by Michigan tribal leaders who wanted to collaborate with Michigan State University Extension to create a capacity building training curriculum based on needs identified by key tribal stakeholders for current and future generations. The BSSN program, in collaboration with UTM, was designed to provide this learning opportunity.

The four primary modules are: Tribal Council Roles and Responsibilities, Fiscal Management in Indian Country, Historical Overview: Anishinaabek Tribes in Michigan and The Interaction with State and Federal Governments, and Conducting Effective Meetings. All of Michigan Tribal Nations leadership is invited to attend this training. Through the partnership with UTM, BSSN has been conducted in conjunction with their fall quarterly meeting in October, which is hosted by a different tribal nation each year

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. If you have questions to ask or are interested in talking with various facets of tribal government, each tribal government has a main telephone number and website which can connect you to the person or program that would best address your situation.

For more information on Michigan Tribal Governments please review the follow sites:

To learn more about BSSN and additional tribal governance programs please contact me, Tribal Extension Educator at (231) 439-8927, or fax (231)439-8933 or John Amherin, Educator – Government and Public Policy, (231)922-4627,

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