Tribal Governance (TG)

College of Rural and Community Development
Tribal Governance Program
907-474-7143

TG F101      Introduction to Tribal Government in Alaska      (an)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

An introduction to the study of tribal government and politics in Alaska, including tribal legislative and judicial and administrative responsibilities. Presents key concepts of federal Indian law, self-determination and self-governance for building and enhancing tribal governments.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

TG F102      Essentials of Tribal Government      (an)
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

This course will provide an overview of tribal council executive, legislative and judicial responsibilities including tribal council role in writing laws, basics of tribal sovereignty, sovereign immunity and rights of tribal members.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F103      Introduction to Tribal Administration
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

This course will review the knowledge, skills and abilities required to successfully serve as a Tribal Administrator for Tribal Government within Alaska, including: introduction to Federal Indian Law, basics of Tribal Self-Governance/BIA 638 Contracts programs and funding, overview of tribal financial management, reporting fundamentals and role of the Tribal Administrator.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F105      Introduction to Managing Tribal Governments      (an)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Tools and methods for the management and oversight of tribal government programs and organizations. Student evaluation includes how well the student affects changes in tribal operations and tribal management.

Prerequisites: Must be familiar with computer and related word processing and spreadsheet programs.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

TG F110      Tribal Court Development for Alaska Tribes
1 Credit

An introduction to tribal court development in Alaska. Will focus on a practical understanding of key concepts for developing a tribal court process in rural Alaska. Will explore the differences and relationships between tribal, state, and federal justice systems, including concepts of jurisdiction and due process.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F111      Children's Topics in Tribal Justice
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Overview of children's cases in tribal justice. Preparation for informed participation in the tribal justice system as it affects children and families. Topics such as the Indian Child Welfare Act, child protection, child custody and tribal adoptions will be addressed.

Recommended: TG F110.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F112      Federal Indian Law for Alaska Tribes      (an)
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to federal Indian law, focusing on the impacts to modern Alaskan tribal governments. Particular attention will be given to the relationship between federal Indian law and tribal justice systems in Alaska.

Recommended: TG F110.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F113      Tribal Code Development
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Focuses on development of written tribal codes, including the importance of incorporating traditional unwritten laws and values into modern written codes. Particular attention will be given to the relationship between written tribal laws and tribal justice systems.

Recommended: TG F110.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F114      Tribal Justice Responses to Community and Domestic Violence
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Focuses on role of the tribal justice system in responding to community and domestic violence, including the use of tribal protective orders under the federal Violence Against Women Act (VAWA).

Recommended: TG F110.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F115      Tribal Court Administration
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Focuses on the administration of tribal courts in Alaska and the role of the tribal court clerk. Key concepts and strategies related to the effective administration and operation of tribal justice systems in Alaska will be discussed.

Recommended: TG F110.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F116      Juvenile Justice in Tribal Court
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Focuses on concepts and strategies impacting juveniles in tribal justice systems. Special focus will be given to issues of juvenile delinquency, strategies in sentencing and community monitoring, as well as, youth courts and community justice theories.

Recommended: TG F110.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F117      Tribal Court Enforcement of Decisions
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Focuses on role of the tribal government and justice system in enforcement of tribal court decisions in rural Alaska, including monitoring of offenders. Key concepts and strategies related to enforcement of tribal court decisions, including writing effective orders and monitoring of offenders, will be discussed.

Recommended: TG F110.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F118      Tribal Community and Restorative Justice
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Focuses on concepts and strategies in community justice, restorative justice, tribal peacemaking and other prominent judicial theories impacting modern Alaskan tribal jurisprudence.

Recommended: TG F110.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F120      Introduction to Tribal Natural Resources Stewardship      (an)
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Examination of foundations, principles and goals of tribal natural resources stewardship. Including the history of tribal stewardship in Alaska, covering state and federal natural resources laws and management systems. The course will also introduce concepts and tools in developing tribal natural resources stewardship programs, including successful contemporary models.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

TG F140      Introduction to Geospatial Data
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

An introductory survey of tools for the gathering and mapping of both qualitative and quantitative geospatial data for the natural and social sciences. Students will get direct experience with basic tools and techniques for gathering geospatial data, and will incorporate their data into an existing geospatial database.

Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy equivalent to CIOS F100.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F141      Practical GIS for Rural Alaska
2 Credits

Practical and place-based introduction to the development of maps using Geographic Information System (GIS) software. Covers basic tools and skills necessary for creating community maps using existing geospatial data as well as data gathered using Global Positioning System (GPS) technology. Class exercises emphasize applications pertinent to rural Alaska map development.

Prerequisites: TG F140.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 0 + 0

TG F142      Practical GIS Project Design
2 Credits

How to design and implement basic Geographic Information System (GIS) projects. Class exercises emphasize GIS project planning, data collection, and practical map development to meet common needs for communities in rural Alaska.

Prerequisites: TG F141.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 2 + 0 + 0

TG F170      Fundamentals of Rural Transportation
4 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Provides an introduction to managing the unique multi-modal transportation system in rural Alaska. Course is designed for entry-level transportation managers or those new to rural transportation issues.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 4 + 0 + 0

TG F171      Introduction to the Indian Reservation Roads Program      (an)
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to the federal Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) program. The course will cover the history of the program, including recent program changes and their applicability to and effect on Alaska Native Tribes and communities in rural Alaska. The fundamentals of implementing a tribal IRR program will be presented.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F172      Conducting a Rural Transportation Inventory
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Provides students with hands-on experience in conducting a field inventory of transportation facilities. Emphasis on meeting the inventory requirements for the Indian Reservation Roads program.

Special Notes: Recommended TG F171.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F173      Traffic Monitoring for Rural Transportation
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Focus on basic tools to conduct traffic monitoring in rural Alaska, including: purpose; terms, definitions, acronyms commonly used; where and when to monitor; data collection tools, techniques, reporting; adjustment factors and adjusted average daily traffic (ADT) calculations. Emphasis placed on meeting ADT requirements of Indian Reservation Roads program.

Special Notes: Recommended TG F171 and TG F172.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0.5 + 1 + 0

TG F174      Basics of a Good Gravel Road
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Provides students with a basic understanding of what makes a good gravel road. This course is designed for entry-level transportation managers as well as transportation maintenance and operations staff.

Recommended: TG F171; TG F172; TG F173.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 0.5 + 1 + 0

TG F182      Introduction to NEPA for Rural Transportation
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to federal National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) and its applicability to rural Alaska transportation projects. Covering the history of NEPA, including recent policy changes affecting Alaska Native Tribes. Presenting an overview of NEPA process, document categories, requirements for different types of transportation projects, effective participation in agency-led NEPA processes.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F199      Tribal Management Practicum I
3 Credits

Professional and personal development while working in a rural service organization. Emphasis on developing the understanding and skills necessary for delivery of rural services. Course is guided by an academic advisor. Student must be willing and able to work independently outside the classroom and in the community.

Prerequisites: Must be familiar with computer and related word processing and spreadsheet programs.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

TG F201      Tribal Government in Alaska II      (an)
3 Credits

Offered Spring

A study of tribal government and politics in Alaska. Explores the historical relationships among tribal, state and federal government in Alaska. Provides a focus on tribal sovereignty and self-determination for building and enhancing tribal governments.

Prerequisites: TG F101.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

TG F205      Managing Tribal Governments II      (an)
3 Credits

Advanced tools and methods for the management and oversight of tribal government programs and organizations. Student evaluation includes how well the student affects changes in tribal operations and tribal management

Prerequisites: TG F105.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

TG F221      Tribal Participation in Federal Fish and Wildlife Management Systems
1-3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to Tribal Government/Citizen participation in Federal Subsistence Management in Alaska as it pertains to promoting traditional ways of life. This course will review: ANILCA Title 8; Tribal Consultation; administration/structure/operations of Federal Subsistence Management. Experiential learning includes development of testimony and/or participation in Federal meetings.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1-3 + 0 + 16

TG F222      Tribal Participation in State Fish and Game Management Systems
1-3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to Tribal Government/Citizen participation in State of Alaska fish and game management as it pertains to promoting traditional ways of life. Review of administration/structure/operations of fish and game management, including Local Advisory Committees, and/or Board of Fish/Game. Experiential learning includes development of testimony and/or participation in state meetings.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1-3 + 0 + 16

TG F225      Cross Connections: Adapting and Integrating Principles of Management and Conservation
3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Skills, abilities and knowledge needed to adapt traditional Western science and management principles to indigenous resource concepts and values are crucial when dealing with contemporary rural Alaska natural resource, land and environmental management issues. Prepare students, provide tools/methods for considering cross-cultural concepts and values in resource management and conservation decisions.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0

TG F250      Current Topics in Tribal Government
1-3 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Various topics of current interest to Tribal Governments and Tribal Management students. Topics announced prior to each offering and course may be repeated for credit.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1-3 + 0 + 0

TG F271      Rural Transportation Planning      (an)
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to the planning requirements of rural transportation programs, with emphasis on the Indian Reservation Roads (IRR) program. An overview of a transportation planning cycle, from grounding and visioning through plan development, implementation, evaluation and re-visioning. Review and discussion of planning elements that can be included under IRR program regulations.

Prerequisites: TG F171.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F272      Finance Applications for Rural Transportation
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Prepares students and provides financial tools and methods for the management and oversight of rural government transportation programs. Familiarity with rural transportation issues and basic finance applications recommended.

Prerequisites: TG F171.

Recommended: TG F105.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F273      Transportation Improvement Programs and Control Schedules
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Focus on basic skills to develop a Tribal Transportation Improvement Program (TIP) and supporting Control Schedule for rural Alaska. Covering process, minimum requirements for developing a TIP, developing a supporting control schedule and tying control schedule to internal budget processes. Emphasis placed on meeting requirements of Indian Reservation Roads program.

Prerequisites: TG F272.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F274      Road Inventory Field Data System
1 Credit

Offered As Demand Warrants

Introduction to the BIA Road Inventory Field Data System (RIFDS). Students will learn to navigate RIFDS and to enter, modify, and delete inventory data. The relationship between RIFDS, other databases, and fund allocation will be examined. Students may apply for RIFDS access upon completion of course.

Prerequisites: Basic computer literacy equivalent to CIOS F100 and familiarity with the BIA Indian Reservation Roads program.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 1 + 0 + 0

TG F276      Project Management for Rural Transportation
4 Credits

Offered As Demand Warrants

Introductory course on project management, focusing on transportation projects in rural Alaska. Designed for individuals familiar with rural transportation programs but new to project management.

Prerequisites: TG F170 or TG F171; TG F172; TG F173; TG F174.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 4 + 0 + 0

TG F299      Tribal Management Practicum II
3 Credits

Professional and personal development while working in a rural service organization. Emphasis on developing the understanding and skills necessary for delivery of rural services. Course is guided by an academic advisor. Student must be willing and able to work independently outside the classroom and in the community.

Prerequisites: Must be familiar with computer and related word processing and spreadsheet programs.

Lecture + Lab + Other: 3 + 0 + 0