CTC Completes First Certificate Program

Jul 29th, 2015 | By | Category: Online TC News, Tribal College News, Web Exclusive

After great anticipation, California Tribal College (CTC) has officially taken off. CTC commenced operations by offering a certificate program in tribal leadership and governance July 6-10. Forty-seven eager students, representing 22 tribes, completed the week-long program. It’s the first educational program hosted by CTC and was held at the offices of the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation in Brooks, California.

The weeklong course featured professionals in tribal law, governance, and Native culture and preservation. Subjects included tribal council responsibilities, federal Indian law and tribal sovereignty, and sovereign immunity. “This was an important starting point,” says Charles Martin, tribal council member of the Morongo Band of Mission Indians and a member of the CTC’s interim board of regents. “Achieving our big vision for a tribal college will require incremental steps, tightly focused on a program and infrastructure to truly serve tribal communities”

With the closure of D-Q University in 2004, CTC is the only tribal college in California, which has a larger Native population than any other state. “The many tribes from across California represented among the students at this program validate the real interest and need for a tribal college in California,” states Dennis Hendricks, council member of the Tuolumne Band of Me-Wuk Indians. “There is so much we can learn through programs like these and from each other.”

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