About Us

Our Mission: To be the premier provider of culturally relevant education and
information services for North American Indian tribes and organizations.

Who We Are

In 1985, Falmouth Institute was founded to provide quality and comprehensive education and information services to the North American Indian community. Since then, we have dedicated our organizational strength toward assisting our clients in addressing the challenges posed by self-governance issues and policies developed by government agencies entrusted to assist Indian tribes. We are proud to have worked with nearly all of the Indian nations in the United States, meeting their complex, ever-changing educational needs and assisting them in refining or restructuring their organizations.

What We Do

Internationally renowned and widely regarded as the most knowledgeable and effective training organization serving Indian Country, Falmouth Institute is best known for its comprehensive Training services. We offer Public/Open Enrollment and Private Group Training seminars specifically tailored to tribes and tribal organizations. In addition, we also offer comprehensive Professional Development Conferences that address the issues impacting tribes and tribal personnel today. Each Falmouth event is designed to be a complete learning experience. We blend our presentations with interactive exercises, case studies, group discussions and lectures. Our commitment to providing high quality education services in a culturally relevant environment is unmatched and has earned us the distinction of Indian Country’s premier training firm.

Our Consulting Services help organizations implement the theories, methods and solutions we discuss in our training seminars. Often, individuals are too close to specific situations to adequately identify the strengths and weaknesses of their organization. Falmouth assists clients with integrated, solution-based services that help facilitate positive change in the structure, policies and procedures that govern tribal organizations.

Our People

Our highly experienced instructors come from across the country, each specializing in issues impacting Indian Country.

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Our Partners

To meet the ever-changing needs of dynamic Native American communities, Falmouth Institute is proud to partner with these companies.









Our History

Richard and Maryann Phelps started Falmouth Institute in 1985 with the sole purpose of helping tribal governments realize the full potential of self-determination. They tirelessly traveled Indian Country, visiting hundreds of tribes, offering training, advice and ideas on how they could grow their economy and expand their services. When they weren’t traveling, they were in the office inspiring us with their ideas and passion – pitching new classes, explaining new regulations that would impact Indian Country, teaching us the intricacies of Federal Indian Law or just encouraging us to do our best work every day.

Mostly, they conveyed their belief that tribal governments are a vital and thriving part of this nation. Richard passed away in 2019 and is sorely missed by all of us. Maryann retired from daily operations several years ago, but still remains an active member of our Board of Directors.

Falmouth Institute continues its mission of serving Indian Country and advocating for tribal rights and self-determination with a team of talented and dedicated professionals led by our CEO/President, Jeff Marciano.