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Working Effectively with Tribal Governments

Introduction to Tribal Concepts

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Module Objectives

Working effectively with tribal governments can be complex. It requires a familiarity with terms and concepts that pertain specifically to Indian tribes.

In this module, you will be introduced to many of these key terms and concepts. The knowledge you gain will provide a foundation for the remainder of this training course, and for your future work with tribal governments.

Some of the key terms and concepts used throughout the course include the following:

  • American Indian, Alaska Native, Native American.
  • Federal Recognition.
  • Treaties.
  • Tribal Sovereignty.
  • Tribal Governments.
  • The Government-to-Government Relationship.
  • The Federal Trust Responsibility.
  • Indian Country.



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