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Getting Results from Government-to-Government
Consultation for Alaska Native Tribes and
Corporations



Government-to-Government consultation means little if it doesn’t deliver results for your tribe or Alaska Native Corporation (ANC). This information-packed session will cover an overview of your tribe or ANC’s rights in the government-to-government consultation process, presenting your views to a local, state or federal agency, how to effectively advocate with Congress or the state legislature for appropriations advocacy or policy change and what to do before sending or responding to an invitation for consultation. You’ll learn how and when partnering with other tribes, ANC’s or advocacy groups can be effective, discover invaluable resources for collaboration and get tips on successfully building capacity so your tribe or ANC can set and meet financial and policy-related goals.

We’ll provide you with Alaska-specific examples of successful real-life consultation and help you see why working with the media (Native and mainstream) and building community support can be so crucial. Plus we’ll give you important networking and relationship-building tips and help you identify and prevent common stumbling blocks that can derail tribal-federal relationships. You’ll also be invited (not required) to role-play advocacy scenarios, giving you a sense for what it feels like to walk in to a meeting and be effective.

Come ready to discuss any specific policies or issues your tribe or ANC would like the local, state or federal government to address--we’ll help you develop a customized plan to maximize your chance of getting results!


T O P I C S   I N C L U D E
Understanding Your Tribe's Rights
  • Tribal sovereignty in theory and practice
  • Brief history of government-to-government consultation
  • What counts as government-to-government consultation?
  • The role of department/agency/bureau consultation policies
  • Why the G2G relationship matters and how you can benefit from it
How to Advocate Your Position with a Local, State or Federal Agency
  • Setting and achieving financial or policy-related goals
  • How to initiate contact
  • Knowing the organizational chart
  • Networking and building relationships
  • Identifying and reaching the appropriate decision-makers
  • Tips for handling staff turnover (your own or federal agencies')
  • Knowing what to document and how to do it
  • Knowing the rules - following the laws of lobbying disclosures
Educating State Legislature or Congress (Seeking Congressional Allies)
  • ABCs of advocacy
  • Success stories and their common threads
  • Monitoring and analyzing legislation
  • Making the right connections
  • Understanding what motivates individual Congress members to act
Consultation Invitations/Notifications
  • How to respond or send out a request for consultation
  • Where to find important consultation notifications
  • How do the feds interpret silence?
  • Whether or not to collaborate
  • Picking the appropriate representative and means of response
Establishing a Consultation Protocol
  • Negotiating a protocol - for one meeting or long-term
  • Getting what you want on meeting agendas
  • Consultation MOAs and MOUs
Getting Results
  • Understanding the issues
  • Setting, tracking and measuring policy-related goals
  • Developing strong messaging
  • Working with the media
  • Following up on victories
  • Communicating success to the community
  • Continuing and cultivating relationships with federal partners
Partnering with Advocacy Groups
  • When you should seek outside help
  • What resources are available?
  • Getting the most out of relationships with advocacy groups
  • Ensuring your priorities receive attention
Capacity Building
  • Creating consultation policies and procedures
  • Educating newly-elected leaders
  • Collaborating with other tribes
  • Recruiting non-tribal partners and allies
  • Building community awareness/support
Overcoming State/Federal-Tribal Miscommunication
  • Identifying common sources of miscommunication
  • How to handle federal jargon and legalese
  • Minimizing potential sources of conflict
  • Utilizing the federal tribal liaison

*Topics subject to change.

Need consulting advice or technical assistance managing the consultation process? Want customized on-site training? Falmouth can help! Contact Tom Wilkins at 703-352-2250, ext. 119 or at tom.wilkins@falmouthinstitute.com
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