2023 Emerging Leaders Seminar Attracts Tribal Leaders from Across the U.S.

Sept. 22, 2023

The public seminar on the homelands of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community attracted 51 tribal leaders from 25 Native nations across the U.S.

Native Nations Institute's Emerging Leaders Seminar 2023 at Talking Stick Resort

What a rush: NNI’s first open-registration Emerging Leaders Seminar in nearly a decade was an incredible success!

The seminar attracted more than 50 tribal leaders and professionals (41 attendees and 10 distinguished speakers) representing 25 Native nations to Talking Stick Resort on the homelands of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community in Scottsdale, AZ on August 29-30.


“I just wanted to say thank you, Joan for everything… I will go to any seminar that you’re a part of. You are really fun.”

–Kelsie Haskell, Council Representative, Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe 

Presentations were made by: 

  • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community President Martin Harvier 
  • Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community Vice President Ricardo Leonard 
  • San Carlos Apache Tribal Chairman Terry Rambler
  • Pueblo de Cochiti Former Governor Regis Pecos
  • Wampanoag Tribe of Gay Head Chairwoman Cheryl Andrews-Maltais
  • San Manuel Band of Mission Indians Councilwoman Laurena Bolden
  • University of Arizona Regents Professor Rebecca Tsosie 
  • Corrine G. Wilson (Fort McDermitt Paiute-Shoshone Tribe of Nevada), CPA, Tribal Finance Consultant
  • NNI Executive Director Joan Timeche (Hopi)
  • NNI Senior Researcher Miriam Jorgensen

Topics covered during the 13 educational and interactive sessions included budgeting and tribal finance, a primer on federal Indian law and discussions of shared challenges and complex problem solving.

“I wish our other council members could have made it here. I’m going to utilize this. I’m going to take this back to our executive team, our business officers and executive officers and try to work out this mission statement and strategic planning…It’s a lot of information but it was all good and I appreciate you guys letting us know that you guys are out here helping us.”

–John Guerro, Councilmember, Pyramid Lake Paiute Tribe

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