About SGCE

Who We Are:

We are a Tribally-based Communication & Education Consortium. We strive to ensure that the tenets and purpose of Self-Governance are accurately communicated and clearly understood by Congress, the Administration, the Federal government, non-participating Self-Governance Tribes and all other interested parties.

SGCE Mission:

The SGCE serves as an information clearinghouse on historical and current Self-Governance legislation, policy and implementation since 1988. To share information and knowledge about Self-Governance with Self-Governance Tribes, Tribal Communities and all other interested parties. To provide technical assistance to the Office of Self-Governance (Department of the Interior) and Office of Tribal Self-Governance (Department of Health & Human Services) with a focus on: what Self-Governance means to Tribes, defining and exploring relationships, and the key policy provisions and intent of the Self-Governance statutes.

SGCE Objectives:

  1. Conduct Workshops: Assessing the service needs of Self-Governance Tribes and provide on-site training and information sessions.
  2. Outreach and Education: Increase awareness and understanding of Self-Governance and provide information to Tribal nations seeking to exercise their right to be self-governing.
  3. Program Development: Development and disbursement of Self-Governance materials, including handbooks and relevant manuals.

What we do:

  • Obtain input from Self-Governance Tribes as to their service needs.
  • Develop, collect, collate, update and distribute Self-Governance materials.
  • Conduct information sharing sessions (workshops) about Self-Governance for new Self-Governance Tribes, new Self-Governance Councils and non-Self-Governance Tribes and other interested parties.
  • Coordinate and convene an Annual Consultation ConferenceĀ for Self-Governance Tribes and non-Self-Governance Tribes and other interested parties.
  • Facilitate consultation with other Tribes on Self-Governance and forward Tribal perspectives to the DOI Office of Self-Governance and the IHS Office of Tribal Self-Governance.
  • Coordinate Tribal review and comments on Annual Reports to Congress.
  • Maintain Self-Governance legislative, planning and demonstration archives.
  • Respond to inquiries about Tribal Self-Governance upon request.
  • Monitor efforts to expand Self-Governance to other agencies within the Federal government and keep Self-Governance Tribes informed and updated about these activities.