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Building Strong Sovereign Nations: Anishinaabek Leadership for Seven Generations Tribal Governance Training Conference

The Building Strong Sovereign Nations (BSSN): Anishinaabek Leadership for Seven Generations program supports tribal efforts to build strong communities, organizations and governments. The idea of a BSSN program was originally developed by Michigan Tribal leaders who wanted to collaborate with MSU Extension to create a capacity building training curriculum based on the needs identified by tribal stakeholders for current and future generations. 

BSSN participants will engage in discussion relating to the ethics, roles and responsibilities of tribal council, fiscal management in Indian Country, best practices for conducting effective meetings, and gain a historical overview of tribes in Michigan and their interaction with state and federal governments. This program offers workshops based on various aspects of tribal governance, but also provides an opportunity for tribal leadership to ask questions and learn how other tribal governments address the issues and concern of their communities. Through this training, tribal leaders are empowered to share their successes and challenges with each other so they are better equipped to make positive changes in their communities.

Where: Zoom

Jan. 19, 2021
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. EST
Anishinaabek Leadership: Strengthening Our Foundations and Building our Future 

Jan. 20, 2021
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. EST
Leadership:  Ethics, Roles & Responsibilities

Jan. 28, 2021
12:30 – 1:45 p.m. EST
Fiscal Management in Indian Country
Conducting Effective Meetings

Cost: $20 and includes handouts and supporting materials.


Michigan State University is committed to providing equal opportunity for participation in all programs, services and activities. Accommodations for persons with disabilities may be requested by contacting the event contact two weeks prior to the start of the event. Requests received after this date will be honored whenever possible.

Contact Information

For more information contact Tribal Extension Educator Emily Proctor at or 517-420-4137.