2023-2024 Catalog

Tribal Governance and Administration

  • Associate of Arts Degree (A.A.) 97 credits
  • Bachelor of Arts Degree (B.A.) 190 credits

The Tribal Governance and Administration program focuses on structures, processes and issues specific to Tribal Governments and Tribal Operations. Coursework provides the knowledge and skills needed to work successfully within Tribal organizations, governments and schools as well as to navigate state, federal and other non-Tribal organizations. The program is also appropriate for those working with governmental or other organizations in a liaison role with Tribal Governments and programs.

Currently, there are no other Bachelor of Arts Degree Programs in any of the tribal colleges in the U.S. in the area of Tribal Governance and Tribal Administration. The Tribal Governance and Administration curriculum has been developed to meet the needs of emerging leaders who are interested in entering in the field of Tribal government and Tribal administration. The curriculum reflects the diversity of issues addressed by the Tribes, including: health, natural and cultural resources, education, federal Indian law, strategic planning, human resources, fiscal policy and economic development.

A survey of the membership of the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes of the Flathead Indian Reservation in 2014 indicated that Tribal Governance and Tribal Administration were significant areas of need and interest. The survey data identified the need for higher education in the area of Tribal Governance and Tribal Administration in order to equip emerging leaders with the skills necessary for the increasingly complex work of Tribal Government and Tribal Administration.

Career Opportunities

Students who complete the Associate of Arts and Bachelor Of Arts Degrees in Tribal Governance and Administration have a solid foundation that prepares emerging leaders in the profession of Tribal Governance and Administration. Graduates are prepared for positions including elected governmental positions, school educators, program managers, health educators, law enforcement personnel, health care providers and those who desire a career working with youth and family. This degree program is appropriate for those who aspire to pursue an advanced degree.