The University of Minnesota Duluth (UMD) recently approved a Master of Tribal Administration and Governance (MTAG), which will train future American Indian tribal leaders and managers using courses on sovereignty, ethics, law, management, budgets and leadership. The coursework will also include language and cultural elements.
“This program will prepare students to apply their skills to manage the daily realities of tribal governance,” said Tadd Johnson, chair of the American Indian Studies Department and MTAG program director at UMD, in the press release announcing the program”
“We know talented young people who would like to work in tribal government,” said Billie Mason, commissioner of education of the Bois Forte Band of Chippewa, in the release. “This new degree program will provide the training and development students need to effectively serve their people and build a career.”
The two-year master’s program will feature weekly online meetings and weekend face-to-face meetings at UMD every three weeks.
The university collaborated with tribal administrators, elected officials and several organizations to ensure the program reflected the responsibilities tribal leadership faces. UMD got statements of support for the development of the program from the Minnesota Chippewa Tribe, the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council, and the Midwest Alliance of Sovereign Tribes, an organization that represents 35 tribes in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Iowa and Michigan.
“UMD developed this program by asking tribal governments what was needed,” Chief Executive Marge Anderson of the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe, said in the release.
The program will begin in late August and open houses for those interested will be held May 13 and June 3 from 3 to 6 p.m. at 116 Cina Hall on the UMD campus.
Applications can be submitted on the UMD website by clicking Apply Yourself.
“UMD believes in the future of Indian tribes, and we hope this program will help develop tribal administrators who will use the best practices for governance on reservations,” Johnson said.