2010-11 Catalog

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Offering Description

Tribal Administration and Management


Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Gary Peterson social work

Fields of Study: Native American studies, business and management, community studies, cultural studies, economics, education, government, history, law and public policy, leadership studies, philosophy, political science, sociology and writing


Winter: Enrollment Accepting New Students  

Spring: Enrollment Accepting New Students  Signature Required Students with an appropriate field placement will be admitted spring quarter.  

Credits: 16(F); 16(W); 16(S)

Class Standing: Freshmen - Senior; 25% of the seats are reserved for freshmenFreshmen - Senior

Offered During: Day


Tribal administration presents unique challenges for policy makers, administrators and employees. This course is designed to provide a framework for understanding the dynamic relationships that must be mastered in order to effectively provide needed services in tribal communities. Students will learn about upheaval in tribal communities and how that affects efforts to manage governmental affairs today.

A Native American concept, the Relational World View Model, will be the foundation for understanding tribal management. Learning to maintain workplace balance for individual workers and policy makers, creating a healthy work environment, will be the goal of the program. The concept of a "good spirit" will be a guiding principle in framing that goal. Students will learn the language of culture and organizational culture.

Targeted students will include tribal employees, community members, elected officials, planners, etc. Classes will be held in tribal communities evenings and in intensive weekend sessions every third week. Expert tribal, state, and federal administrators, private business operators, community members, employees, and others will engage students in seminars about services in their communities.

Maximum Enrollment: 24

Internship Possibilities: Spring: Internships with tribal governments, non profits, or in private enterprise will be an option.

Preparatory for studies or careers in: administration, management, supervision, planning board/staff relations, human services, social work, and cultural competence.

Campus Location: Olympia

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Program Revisions

Date Revision
July 29th, 2010 Gary Peterson is offering SOS: Managing for a Healthy Workplace instead of this program