Building Business Relationships and Engagement with Wisconsin Tribal Citizens and Nations
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UWSP Main Campus | CBB 161 and virtual
Business and Leadership, Customized Training, See Stevens Point Offerings

Four Session Workshop​​

UWSP Chemistry Biology Building, Room 161 or virtual via Zoom

Fridays, Sept. 15-Oct. 20, 2023 from 8:45 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. 


This certificate program is a partnership between the American Indian Chamber of Commerce and the University of Wisconsin Stevens Point Continuing Education Department.​

​The American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin, Inc. (AICCW) was formed in 1991 to advocate for, provide access to, and deliver business, community and economic development resources, tools, and networks to Wisconsin's Native Nations, entrepreneurs, and Tribal Enterprises. As a 501(c)(3) non-profit membership organization, the AICCW is committed to being a resource for building wealth in Wisconsin Indian Country. To learn more please visit us at

The pandemic disproportionately impacted Native Nations located in Wisconsin, AICCW member Native-owned businesses as well as the AICCW itself. The pandemic also increased understanding and amplified recognition of systemic barriers, inequity and disparities experienced by Tribes and Tribal Members located in Wisconsin. The AICCW was pleased to receive a Diverse Business Assistance Grant designed to provide funding to assist chambers and non-profit organizations providing assistance to small businesses owned by individuals who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.

This workshop series is being supported, in part, by American Rescue Plan Act funds awarded to the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin via the Wisconsin Department of Administration by the U.S. Department of the Treasury.


Building Business Relationships and Engagement with Wisconsin Tribal Citizens and Nations​ Curriculum​

 Session One - September 15, 2023 | The Business of Culture

NOTE: This session begins at 8:30 a.m. for introductions.​​​

This session will give insight into basic indigeneity, Native cultural concepts, and social systems of Native Nations. It will focus on cultural precepts of Right Relations and Balance, especially with an eye toward the various relationships between government and business, public and private, collective and individual, territory and property. This session will also conclude with a historical survey of American policy toward Indian tribes as well as foundational U.S. case law, all of which will set the table for Sessions Two through Four.

Guest speaker: Jerilyn DeCoteau, Boarding School Experience​

Intended ​​Takeaway: Understanding business within a Native Nation context.​​​

 Session Two - September 22, 2023 | The Legal Blueprint

​This session will provide a survey of American law dealing with Indian tribes, especially those statutes and case law most pertaining to working with Tribe government and doing business in Indian Country, focusing on relevant laws and U.S. Supreme Court opinions regarding the relationship between the Federal government and the Tribes and between the States and the Tribes, including relationships between their respective citizenries, in regard to private property, personal injury, contracts, sovereign immunity, and due process. This session will also include a survey of relations specifically between Wisconsin and Tribes, specifically Federal Public law 830-280. 

​​​Guest speaker: Dan Cornelius (10:45-11:45 am) Business Sovereignty: Right Relations and Balance-in-Action

Intended Takeaway: Foundational understanding of tribal culture and American policy toward Indian tribes resulting in current social systems and relationships within Native Nations. ​​

 Session Three - October 6, 2023 | Of Government and Business: A Tribal Worldview

This session will provide a survey of the va​rious models and structures of tribal governments, including a look at a couple tribal constitutions and codes, specifically tribe departments and businesses. This session will also study the relationship between tribal governments and their own tribe-owned businesses; the relationship between tribal government and private tribal citizen-owned businesses; and the various relationships between tribal governments and businesses and State government and businesses.

Guest speaker: Robert Ly​​ttle (9:30-10:30 am) Tribal Constitutions and Government Infrastructure 

Intended Takeaway: Practical understanding of American law dealing with Indian tribes, especially those statutes and case law most pertaining to working with Tribe government and doing business in Indian Country.​​

 Session Four - October 20, 2023 | The Culture of Business

​This session will at some practical approaches to working with Indian tribes, in their territories, under their jurisdictions, with their resident tribal members and their businesses. The session will provide a look at specific work and business-related code provisions, an evolving contract between a tribe and a “foreign” corporation.   Finally, this session will conclude the series with discussion on how to experience all this with any eye toward Right Relations and Balance.

​​​​Guest Speaker: Amanda L. White Eagle, Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center Director and Assistant Teaching Professor at University of Wisconsin Law School​

Intended Takeaway: Practical approaches to working with American Indian tribes, with their resident tribal members and their businesses - in their territories, under their jurisdictions in light of their cultural uniqueness.​

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​​Registration Information

Registration Fees:

  • Standard rate- $299
  • Non-profit rate- $249
  • UWSP Faculty/Staff rate- $249​
  • UWSP Student rate- $99

This workshop series is being offered at a one-time, highly discounted rate, due to support of American Rescue Plan Act funds awarded to the American Indian Chamber of Commerce of Wisconsin. While this series may be offered at another time in the future, it is likely the registration cost will increase.

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​​About the Presenter

Richard Monette

Richard Monette was twice elected to serve as Chairman and CEO of Turtle Mountain Chippewa Tribe. Richard is Professor of Law at the University of Wisconsin - Madison where he teaches Federal Indian Law, Conflict of Laws, State Constitutional Law, and Water Quantity Law. For thirty years Richard has served as the Faculty Director of the Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center. At the start of his career, Richard served as Staff Attorney for the United States Senate Committee on Indian Affairs under the leadership of Senators Dan Inouye (D-HI), John McCain (R-AZ), and Dan Evans (R-AZ).

Guest Speakers

Jerilyn DeCoteau is a Justice for the Supreme Courts of the Pueblo de San Ildefonso and Kiowa Tribe and was appellate judge for her tribe, Turtle Mountain Chippewa. She worked for the Native American Rights Fund, U.S. D.O.J. Indian Resources Section, and as Director of the Indian Law Clinic for the University of Colorado Law School. Jerilyn was board president for the National Native American Boarding School Healing Coalition. She helped established Indigenous Peoples Day in Boulder, Colorado, and co-founded Right Relationship Boulder, to build relationships with Indigenous peoples. She co-directs a national project, Toward Right Relationship, offering presentations on the impacts of colonization. ​



Dan Cornelius, a member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin, is the Outreach Program Manager for the University of Wisconsin Law School's Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center and the UW-Madison College of Agriculture and Life Sciences where he works on the development of producer cooperatives, supply chain analysis, and legal and policy aspects of food and agriculture.  Mr. Cornelius is also a farmer and livestock producer with extensive experience providing technical assistance to Native American farmers and ranchers.  


Robert Lyttle, an attorney for 34 years, is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma and Lewis & Clark Law School.  Robert is a member of the Cheyenne-Arapaho Tribe, and has practiced law with Indian tribes for his entire career.  Mr. Lyttle has a national law practice, and has focused his practice on helping tribes improve their governments by amending their constitutions.  Mr. Lyttle has assisted many tribes with constitutional reform which generally eliminates the federally-imposed corporate structures and federal authority within a tribe's government.  Mr. Lyttle also served as legal counsel in a high-profile lawsuit called: Havasupai Tribe and Tilousi v. ASU, where the Tribe sued the University over fraudulent human subject research, including the improper use of human blood samples, resulting a sizeable, first of its kind, settlement with ASU. 

​Amanda L. White Eagle is the Great Lakes Indigenous Law Center Director and Assistant Teaching Professor at University of Wisconsin Law School. Before joining UW Law School, White Eagle was the NYU-Yale American Indian Sovereignty Project Clinical Fellow.

With nearly 20 years of tribal law experience, she has provided advice and counsel to the Ho-Chunk Nation government. She previously served as a judicial officer (an interim chief judge and associate judge), as well as the tribe's Attorney General and Executive Director for the Ho-Chunk Nation Department of Justice. Additionally, she serves as a tribal court judge or justice to tribal governments throughout the United States, including the Wampanoag Judiciary, Prairie Island Indian Community Court of Appeals, Santee Sioux Nation Judiciary and Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.

She received her J.D. from University of Wisconsin Law School and graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison with liberal arts degrees (a B.A. in Anthropology and French and a Certificate in American Indian Studies).

Cancellation Policy 

Full refunds granted upon receipt of written request to when received 14 days before the start date of each individual workshop. No refunds will be given if cancellation is received less than 14 days before the workshop. Substitutions can be made at any time, but no shows will be responsible for the full certificate program fee. 

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