Tribes Lead! Leadership

The Great Lakes Region is home to 56 federally recognized Tribes, 23 of those reside in Michigan and Wisconsin, each with a unique system of governance.Tribal communities a rich cultural history abundant in leadership beliefs and practices.

Tribes Lead! leadership workshops integrate cultural teachings and indigenous knowledge with “western” leadership perspectives to provide an interconnected pathway for strengthening governance, language restoration, and addressing environmental and social issues.  These workshops provide a new pathway for developing leaders within Michigan and Wisconsin Tribal Nations and non-Native leaders.

During a Tribes Lead! Workshop you will share in a variety of leadership training sessions integrating indigenous and non-indigenous leadership perspectives and practices through interactive activities such as:

  • Real Colors leadership style assessment
  • “Seven Teachings” Ojibwe leadership perspectives
  • Applying “Medicine Wheel” Leadership
  • “Treat Everyone Like A Leader”
  • Communicating through conflict
  • Application of indigenous leadership principles
  • Facilitated reflections to share your perspectives and wisdom on each of the program’s training elements.

View a Tribes Lead! Workshop Curriculum.

Tribes Lead! is a partnership between the University of Wisconsin Madison-Division of Extension and Michigan State University Extension in partnership with participating Tribal communities. The program is supported by a grant from the North Central Regional Center for Rural Development.

For more information about Tribes Lead! contact UW Extension project staff:  Cathy Techtmann-Environmental Outreach Specialist or Brian Gauthier-Lac du Flambeau Community Development Educator