New Tribal Management Program

May 15th, 1990 | By | Category: 2-1: How to Run a Tribal College, Tribal College News

Oglala Lakota College is starting a new program in tribal management that will link leadership theory with traditional Lakota values.

The five-year “Manager as War­rior” project will train 30 reserva­tion leaders by emphasizing man­agement skills that are consistent with Native American beliefs.

The program is supported by a $708,000 grant from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation of Battle Creek, Michigan. The funding will allow the college to complete research, hire instructors and develop courses in tribal leadership and management. Thirty people are expected to complete the training with 15 of those earning master’s degrees in Lakota leadership.

According to Project Director Eileen Iron Cloud, there is a critical need for good tribal managers.

“Many studies have documented the need for top quality management and expertise on reservations for both economic and community development,” she says. “We believe that reservation leaders and program managers must be better than ordinary managers because they have fewer resources to get the job done.”

But it is equally important that these skills be presented in the context of Lakota society, Iron Cloud says.

“Too often Lakota people have been told that we must give up our tribal values and traditions to be successful students, workers and managers,” she says. “At Oglala Lakota College those values and traditions are at the core of our curriculum and management style.”

Proposed courses focus on three areas: leadership and personal development, management, and institutional issues. Specific classes for the program will range from ethno-management to reservation economics and community development. The Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University is collaborating with Oglala Lakota College on the development of case studies for some of the courses.

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