Working Effectively with Tribal Governments

Cultural Orientation and Working with Tribal Governments

Pow wow dancers from different tribes in their dance regalia

Native American Cultures

When you are working with Indian tribes, it is critical to be sensitive to each tribe's history and culture. While some tribes are related culturally or linguistically to others, each of the more than 560 federally recognized tribes is unique.

However, there are some cultural attributes that many tribes share, such as:

  • Respect for the natural world
  • Spirituality
  • Elders and Children, and the Importance of Clans and Kinship
  • Leadership and Decision-making

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