Who We Are

The Native Governance Center assists Tribal Nations in strengthening their systems of governance and their capacities to exercise their sovereignty. We are a Native-led nonprofit working at the intersection of leadership development and Tribal governance to inspire, celebrate, and support Native nation building because: Sovereignty Matters.

Our service area includes 23 sovereign, politically-distinct Native nations with unique governments, histories, challenges and opportunities.



Integrity – We recognize that our work is unique and the demand is increasing. We remain faithful to the promise made in our mission statement and expect to be held accountable for our actions. We develop relationships through open conversations and
work alongside our partners to create solutions where our missions are aligned.

Wisdom – We seek opportunities to acquire knowledge that strengthens our organization, advances our mission, and serves our partners. We share our lessons with others and connect with people who are willing to share valuable lessons, talents, and tools.

Bravery – We recognize that working in political systems under difficult conditions involves risk. We exercise patience and are willing to accept uncertainty. We collaborate
with our partners to identify risks and create relationships in ways that protect our
resources and reputation.

Humility – We recognize our work is to support Tribes and not lead. Each Tribe exists with unique situations and conditions, and the strategies they develop must be their own. Our work is to encourage tribes to think about possibilities.


NGC works at the intersection of leadership development and tribal governance support.

  • We do this through four key strategies:
  • Inspire and celebrate Native nation building in the region
  • Build the human capital to lead and support tribes in their work
  • Work side-by-side with tribes to create and implement solutions
  • Provide a conduit between tribes and resources


  • We serve Indian country; we don’t lead it.
  • We respect self-determination and sovereignty by working through elected leaders.
  • We work through partnerships to develop a broad base of knowledge and make resources available to Tribes.
  • We strive to be a catalyst for advancing the field of nation building.
  • We support our network of Rebuilders who are change agents on the ground.



Native Nations

  • Bois Forte Band of Chippewa
  • Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
  • Crow Creek Sioux Tribe
  • Flandreau Santee Sioux Tribe
  • Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
  • Grand Portage Band of Chippewa
  • Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Lower Brule Sioux Tribe
  • Lower Sioux Indian Community
  • Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation
  • Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe
  • Oglala Sioux Tribe
  • Prairie Island Indian Community
  • Red Lake Nation
  • Rosebud Sioux Tribe
  • Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community
  • Sisseton-Wahpeton Oyate
  • Spirit Lake Nation
  • Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
  • Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa
  • Upper Sioux Community
  • White Earth Nation
  • Yankton Sioux Tribe