Working Effectively with Tribal Governments

Cultural Orientation and Working with Tribal Governments

Native elders teaching Native children about plants

Elders and Children, and the Importance of Clans and Kinship

Elders and children are accorded special respect in many tribes. Elders are recognized as the keepers of cherished cultural knowledge, and are honored for the sacrifices they made for the welfare of future generations. Children and youth are understood to be the future leaders who will ensure the continuation of the tribe and its traditions. Extended family, kinship, and clan ties are also extremely important in many tribal communities.

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