The MTAG program has been the perfect vehicle for me to learn about tribal administration and governance while still being able to commit the necessary time to stay active with my family life, my work, and my community involvement. The program design has been successful in improving both my breadth and depth of knowledge in Indian law, sovereignty, tribal management, and ethics. - Joe S. Nayquonabe, CEO of Mille Lacs Corporate Ventures and Commissioner of Corporate Affairs for the Mille Lacs Band.
My name is Tiger Brown Bull and I am an enrolled member of the Oglala Sioux Tribe from the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation. I am a proud member of Cohort 1 of the MTAG program at UMD. Currently, I am the Assistant Commissioner of Administration for the Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe. Prior to my current position, I was the Executive Director for the Oglala Sioux Tribe for 3 years. If it wasn’t for the knowledge, experience, and relationships I gained through MTAG I would not have been selected to be Executive Director for the second largest tribe in the country at OST and now the administrator for one of the most reputable and successful self-governance tribes with Mille Lacs. MTAG provided me the necessary tools and education to be a successful tribal administrator and leader right out of college.
Being part of the MTAG has been as enriching on a human level as it has been professionally enlightening. Although most of the course work is on line, the best parts are when we finally meet, once every three weeks, with the rest of our class. There is a feeling of cohesion that really makes it fun to study. Our professors are very supportive and understanding, and they take our feedback at heart. - Caroline Laurent