Understanding Our History to Help Understand Today’s Issues

Training Description:

This presentation will not only educate native and non-native people about the history of our tribes, but will help create a paradigm shift of thinking for many. In today’s world we interact on a personal, social, and business way with Indians and non-Indians. Understanding each other’s past proves to be valuable in understanding each other’s present. Participants can start a Tribal community development assessment by discovering their own Tribal community’s strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats.

Training Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  • Create a positive environment where native and non-native work together on community development issues
  • Develop a step-by-step process for a community development plan of action
  • Gain insight into causes and effect of historical events
  • Improve relationships between non-native and native interactions in social and/or business ventures in our Tribal communities
  • Educate the non-native who work in our Tribal communities
  • Improve the understanding of not only the differences but also the likenesses between native and non-native peoples in our Tribal communities

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  • Instructor:

    Ron Gurley

  • Following his career in education, four and a half years were spent as a Case Manager Supervisor in a newly created Social Services Department within the Housing Authority of the Cherokee Nation. Ron served as founder and Chief Professional Officer of Boys & Girls Clubs of Green Country, Inc. located within the Cherokee Nation from 1997 to 2007. He served as Chairman of NANAC, Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Native American National Advisory Committee. Special recognitions include BGCA’s Masters and Mentors Level of the Academy of Boys & Girls Clubs Professionals. For five years Ron served as the Projects Manager, Native American Program Specialist, FirstPic, and consulting. His work included Child Abduction Response Team Training, Internet Crimes Against Children and AMBER Alert in Indian Country training. Also Office of Justice Programs Boys & Girls Clubs of America Funding Initiative for Boys & Girls Clubs in Indian Country, Bureau of Justice’s Methamphetamine Law Enforcement and Community Education Technical Assistance as well as Law Enforcement Investigative Technique Training. Ron also has experience in HUD’s Office of Native American Program Training and Technical Assistance for Tribal Community Youth Programs.

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  • Offered: Online
  • Start: March 21, 2017 - 2:00 pm
  • End: March 21, 2017 - 3:00 pm