Organizational structure refers to the arrangement of authority, rights and responsibilities of an organization, all of which are directed toward the pursuit and achievement of its goals. It specifies rules, procedures and operations, and determines who the decision makers are. In Indian Country, the examples of governance and organizational structures are as diverse as the […]Continue Reading
Tribal funding represents a tiny sliver in overall spending, but the impact of the federal government’s automatic budget cuts, known as sequestration, will be felt immediately. “By my count,” wrote Mark Trahant, in his Austerity blog, “there will be at least $386 million in direct service budget cuts between now and the end of September” […]Continue Reading
Over the last six years Blue Stone Strategy Group has been assisting Tribes throughout the country in their efforts to strike a balance between addressing immediate needs and investing in long-term sustainability. We are all familiar with crisis response mode – dealing with numerous daily issues and putting out fires, so to speak. Strategic planning […]Continue Reading
In 1977, after two years of intensive investigative research, the American Indian Policy Review Commission published a massive and groundbreaking two-volume report (Part 1and Part 2) on its findings into every aspect of Federal-Indian relations.
Of the report’s 206 recommendations, 43 dealt with economic development issues. While Indian gaming has given Indian country a tremendous economic boost during the 37 years since the report was published, some tribes still struggle with high unemployment and poverty and the social ills they bring.
Now the National Indian Gaming Association(NIGA) and Blue Stone Strategy Grouphave partnered in an effort to help remedy those struggles. The two organizations have nearly completed the first of its kind authoritative guide to 21st century tribal economic development. It’s called Defining the Next Era in Tribal Economic Development: The Diversification Imperative for Tribal Economic Development. Like its predecessor in 1977, Defining the Next Era involves input from dozens of tribal leaders, but unlike the earlier report, the new guide focuses solely on economic development and blends together theory, specific examples and vignettes from tribes and research from throughout Indian country.Continue Reading
“Tribal self-governance is inextricably linked to economy,” says Tribal affairs expert Richard “Dick” Trudell, a Blue Stone Strategy Group Advisory Board Member.
Tribal nations, their governments, and their people are connected in ways that are rooted in tradition, blood, and need. Strong Tribal governments fostering and ensuring healthy communities are crucial to the sustainability of Indian Nations. As sovereign Nations, Tribal governments must continually strike a balance between addressing the immediate needs of their people and making investments toward long-term economic sustainability.
Every generation of Tribal leaders faces a different set of challenges in its mission to effectively self-govern. Developing stronger, more resilient governmental institutions is perhaps the greatest challenge of this generation; It requires insight and focus on the part of leadership. It is common for leaders to be actively involved in managing a number of wide-ranging initiatives. For this reason, prioritizing is paramount.Continue Reading