Larson Slade has supported Native American governments, businesses, non-profit organizations, tribal/native businesses and associated federal agencies (DOI, BIA, OST, ANA, IHS, SBA ONAA, DHHS) for more than 20 years. We have worked onsite at more than 70 tribal communities. We understand that many tribes wish to pursue business and infrastructure growth while preserving traditional tribal values.
We know how to help tribal organizations and native business owners position themselves to qualify for native-oriented contracts, grants and programs, including the 8(a) contracting program. Larson Slade was invited by the SBA and the Cherokee Nation to provide training on the tribal 8(a) federal contracting program at workshops in Indian Country. The Cherokee training program has ended, but Larson Slade offers its own tribal 8(a) curriculum at a discounted price. We can also guide your tribe’s pursuit of 8a contracts.
Recently Larson Slade provided training and technical assistance on DOI’s Tribal Consultation Policy, which requires government-to-government relationships and communications between federally-recognized sovereign nations and the federal government (e.g., Executive Order 13175). This training was provided to the BIA, BLM, FWS, NPS, Office of the Solicitor, BIA and other federal agencies whose actions may affect tribes. We can serve as tribal consultants, trainers, facilitators and liaisons for agencies, businesses and tribes during tribal consultations – helping ensure that a tribal consultation is inclusive, transparent, sensitive and timely.
As management consultants we can also help you roll out and manage a project or improve organizational performance. We facilitate or manage strategic planning, measurable goal-setting, needs assessments, workforce analysis, policies and procedures, solution brainstorming and training.
Our methods adapt to a wide range of needs. For example:
- We managed an intensive review and analysis of the Indian Trust Fund and were lead authors of the Special Trustee’s five-year strategic plan for improved services.
- We managed a project to establish tribal child support enforcement programs.
- We have facilitated strategic planning for tribal representatives and the Indian Health Service and for tribes that wish to invest gaming revenue back into the tribe.
- We’ve helped several tribes explore new business opportunities, especially with the federal government.
- We’ve provided training and technical assistance for grants (including Administration for Native Americans grants) as well as for leadership and project management workshops for several native non-profits.
Tribal managers appreciate that we bring an objective presence and fresh perspective to the issues they face.
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