Working In Indian Country Blog

 

Welcome to the Working In Indian Country Blog Page.  This page contains articles written by “Working In Indian Country” author, Larry Keown, and other guest writers. Please feel free to browse the articles, leave a comment, and start a dialogue.  New articles are posted at least monthly, so check back frequently or sign up for our monthly newsletter for the latest Working In Indian Country articles and information.


A New Leadership Perspective when Working with Tribes Part 1

(5/24/2011) by Larry Keown

Oh, how we look to our leaders – those that are visionary, motivate our organizations, and keep our compass pointed in the right direction.  Our list of prominent leaders like John F. Kennedy (putting a man on the moon by the end of the 60’s), Martin Luther King (his “I Have a Dream” speech), Theodore…

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A New Leadership Perspective when Working with Tribes Part 2

(6/7/2011) by Larry Keown

In my previous article I discussed a new approach to leadership when working in Indian country.  It ended with a definition of leadership being a set of activities or skills that are adjusted to meet cultural situations.

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American Indian History from a Different Perspective

(7/22/2011) by Larry Keown

I remember growing up attending elementary school in the public system.  We were taught about American Indians from a “white man’s” perspective.  I’m not being critical but that is just the way it was.  I learned about Columbus discovering America and meeting Indians, the Pilgrims landing on Plymouth Rock and meeting more Indians, the first Thanksgiving…

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The Importance of Relationships in the Tribal Consultation Process

(10/10/11) by Larry Keown

Many people understand the tribal consultation process required by numerous federal statutes, regulations, and executive orders as it applies to federal agencies.  However, few understand that this process is also required at the state and local government levels, as well as the private sector, whenever federal funds, grants, or loans are used for any given project or program or federal permits, licenses, or approvals are required.  Rules governing consultation are rooted…

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Second Printing of “Working In Indian Country” Scheduled for February 2012

“Working In Indian Country: Building Successful Business Relationships with American Indian Tribes” is scheduled for a second printing next month.  A new chapter has been added and is titledConsultation:  What You Must Know About This Vital Legal Obligation.” The following is an excerpt from this new chapter.

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How Myths, Stereotypes, and Misperceptions Affect Relationship Building With Tribes

Many times we have what I call “hidden” feelings about people or a class of people. Let’s call them filters.   These filters can be derived from our experiences, how we were raised, or what someone has shared with us.  These filters can be housed deep in our inner core and influence how we communicate with others.  They can surface when we observe someone’s dress, behavior, the way they communicate, or even their beliefs about an issue (religion, political persuasion, social topics, family values, work ethic, ethnic background, etc.).  Ever get those feelings that someone just doesn’t like you but you can’t quite figure out why?  This is because that person is communicating in a way that subtly reveals his/her filters – which we perceive as a bias against us.

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