Orientation to Federal Indian Lands

AGENDA
I. INTRODUCTION
Announcement/Schedule
Description of the ICC curriculum/introductions
COURSE OBJECTIVE: To provide basic training essential to employment in the field of Federal Indian Lands, and to answer the following questions for new Federal and Tribal employees and other employees, who have never had such training.

  • What Are My Duties?
  • How Am I To Perform These Duties?
  • Why Do These Duties Exist?
II. BACKGROUND (THE "WHY")
  • A. Possession of Property
  • B. Ownership Concepts
  • C. The Tribe and its Members
  • D. Europeans and Russians
  • E. A New Nation: The United States and its Constitution
  •     1. The Treaty
  •     2. The Reservation
  •     3. Government-to-Government
  • F. Tribal Powers
  • G. Federal Powers
  • H. Taxation and Jurisdiction
  • I. Federal Indian Policy/Our Changing Roles
  •     1. The Indian Non-Intercourse Acts
  •     2. The Trust Responsibility: Yesterday & Today
  •     3. The General Allotment Act
  •     4. The Indian Reorganization Acts
  •     5. The "Termination" Years
  •     6. The Indian Self-Determination Act
III. The Federal Government Mission, Role, and Organization
  • A. The Congress: How Federal Laws Are Made
  •     1. The Process
  •     2. Your Role
  • B. The President: Carrying Out the Law
  •     1. Executive Orders
  •     2. Regulations
  •     3. Directives and Manuals
  •     4. The Delegation of Authority
  •     5. Organizational Structure: Departments & Bureaus
  •         a. The Department of the Interior
  •         b. The Bureau of Indian Affairs
  •         c. The Office of Trust Funds Management
  •         d. The Office of Hearings & Appeals
  •     6. Your Role
  • C. The Courts: Interpreting the Law
  •     1. The Process
  •     2. Your Role
  • D. The Mission and Your Duties
  •     1. Leases and Land Assignments
  •     2. Easements and Rights-of-Way
  •     3. Estate Planning and Administration (Indian Probate)
  •     4. Mortgages: Still a Fuzzy & Controversial Area
  •     5. Acquisitions & Transfers of Land
  •     6. Land Titles & Research
  •     7. The Recording Process
  •     8. Protecting the Environment
  •     9. Appraisals
  •     10. Assistance & Consultation
  •     11. Statistics & Reports
IV. Getting the Job Done (The "HOW?")
  • A. Do I Really Want To Do This? (The Will)
  • B. Can I Do It? (The Ability)
  •     1. Comprehension
  •     2. Communication
  • C. Am I a People Person? (Respect/Attitude)
  • D. Setting Priorities/Planning
  • E.  Office Procedures
  • F. The Files (Rules & Reality)
  • G. Money! Money! Money! - Keeping Track
  • H. Writing Technical Letters
  • I. The Memo and Its Purpose
  • J. "Hello! You Want Who?" (The Telephone)
  • K. The Walk-in
  • L. The Computer
  • M. Your Opinion: When To Give It/When Not To
  • N. The Freedom of Information Act/The Privacy Act
  • O. Evaluating Performance