Video: How to Do Business with Tribal Gov’t

Dr. Nicole Bowman of Bowman Performance Consulting discusses how to do business with Tribal governments and enterprises. The entrepreneurial road is paved with many options and opportunities. Dr. Bowman says we know how to network with corporations, however we rarely learn how to do business with Tribal governments.  There are 11 tribes in Wisconsin and 1000s of businesses that you might be able to leverage for new work!

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Originally presented at WI Governor’s Marketplace 2015

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Webinar: Sovereignty in Indian Education Pre-Grant Training Sessions

webinar imageA webinar, Sovereignty in Indian Education Pre-Grant Training Sessions, is being offered through  Tribal Education Departments National Assembly, Co. (TEDNA) on December 11th.

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The Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) has announced the availability of $1 million in funds through the Sovereignty in Indian Education Enhancement Program (SIE) to tribes and their tribal education departments to promote tribal control and operation of BIE-funded schools on their reservations.

BIE will provide pre-grant application training to support interested tribes and tribal education departments in applying for SIE Program funding. BIE will offer two training sessions via webinar on Tuesday, December 8 and Friday, December 11, 2015. The deadline to apply is  Wednesday, January 13, 2016.

To register, go to the link provided in the table below:

Date Time Webinar/Teleconference
Tuesday, December  8, 2015 11 a.m.-12 p.m. (EST) To register for the webinar clickHERETelephone Call-in #: 877-991-3748

Passcode: 85152393

Friday, December 11, 2015 4 p.m.-5 p.m. (EST) To register for the webinar clickHERETelephone Call-in #: 877-991-3748

Passcode: 85152393

For more information, please contact Wendy Greyeyes at or 202-208-5810.

Indigenous Ed Policy Development with Tribal Governments, A Visual

A Thanksgiving Post from Dr. Nicky

dr nicky dr dodge francisGovernment from a “multicultural perspective” must also include “Tribal” governments.  Please be aware there are 567 in the lower 48 states not to mention others around the world.  All 567 Tribal governments have legal sovereignty and status EQUAL to the Federal government (no other racial minority or other group has this legal distinction).

Someday I believe Tribal Governments will be an accepted, valued, and regular partner that will be interwoven into these government conversations.  Until then I’ll smile, share resources, and be respectful to those interested and willing to listen.

That being said, and as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches, it seems particularly appropriate to share this beginners resource for Tribal Governments  It is well written by one of the leading national agencies in the country:  National Congress of American Indians.

On a very related governance note, did you know the founding fathers of the USA fashioned their federal government model after observing traditional Indigenous Tribal governments first?  Iroquois Tribal governance was a big influence as were other Tribes in the eastern part of the USA: (

Thanksgiving seems to be the perfect time to say “thanks” and for “giving” back to my government and evaluation colleagues.  It is my hope that these resources bring an awareness which eventually will turn to inclusion and valuing of Turtle Island’s FIRST governments which now number 567. For more info:

Anushiik & In the Spirit of Community,


New Guide For Evaluators: “Dabbling in the Data”

Public Profit just released their newest guide , *Dabbling in the Data.* This guide offers 15 hands-on analysis activities for teams to use to make more meaning of data. Their goal is for evaluators, facilitators and coaches to use these activities to transform data analysis from a necessary evil to a core component of the quality improvement process.

The guide is currently available for free via an online download. If you’re interested in downloading a copy for yourself click here:

Pre-Order This Great Evaluation Resource Book Now!

Another excellent evaluation resource book has just been published. Developmental Evaluation Exemplars Principles in Practice edited by Michael Quinn Patton, Kate McKegg, and Nan Wehipeihana. A description of the book from the publisher is below.

“This book presents a diverse set of high-quality developmental evaluation (DE) case studies. Twelve insightful exemplars illustrate how DE is used to evaluate innovative initiatives in complex, dynamic environments, including a range of fields and international settings. Written by leading practitioners, chapters offer a rare window into what it takes to do DE, what roles must be fulfilled, and what results can be expected. Each case opens with an incisive introduction by the editors. The book also addresses frequently asked questions about DE, synthesizes key themes and lessons learned from the exemplars, and identifies eight essential principles of DE.”

Pre-order your copy today by visiting the Guilford Press website.

Help Stop Human Trafficking in Wisconsin

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Schedule a Time to Meet with Nicole Bowman After NIEA and TEDNA

Nicole Bowman was chosen to be a presenter at both TEDNA and The National Indian Education Association’s 46th Annual Convention and Trade Show which will take place October 14–17 in Portland, Oregon. The  annual Convention & Trade Show brings together members from across the United States to share ideas, collaborate, and create partnerships which lead to improved academic success within Native communities. NIEA Convention will provide more than 2,000 educators, leaders, and advocates with the tools and resources needed to fulfill this year’s theme, “Building Education Nations through Traditional Foundations.”

Some of the exciting opportunities that are included:

  • Over 100 workshops focused on the professional development of the teachers who work with Native students. Workshops include information on effective teaching models and resources to help Native students succeed in all academic subjects.
  • More than 125 vendors from across the nation showcase arts, crafts, new technologies, career opportunities, and education programs at the Trade Show. Resources are available for students, educators, and advocates.
  • Some of the nation’s leading colleges and universities will participate in NIEA’s 2nd Annual College Showcase! Students will have the opportunity to meet with admissions officers and will attend workshops focused on the admissions process.

If you are unable to attend be sure to meet with Nicole to benefit from all of the instruction that is offered.

You can find more information here.

Join us to Celebrate the 26th Anniversary of Wisconsin Act 31

Bad River Lodge and Casino (73370 US-2, Ashland, WI 54806) on Wednesday, August 19, 2015. For further information and updates on the event, please contact Brian Jackson, Board President for the Wisconsin Indian Education Association (WIEA) at either 715-588-1018


26th Anniversary of Wisconsin Act 31 Flyer

Just Posted Today! Request for Proposal from AIM-IC for a Planner!

The American Indian Movement Interpretive Center (AIM-IC) is seeking a planner for the new Thunder Before the Storm Lodge gallery. Click here to check out the request for proposal!