Discussions on the Impact of Technology on Tribal Operations at NAFOA's 36th Annual Conference


Discussions on the Impact of Technology on Tribal Operations at NAFOA's 36th Annual Conference

April 10, 2018

Discussions on Technology's Impact on Tribal Operations 

A lot has changed in the last 20 years for tribes. Regulations have changed. Our economies have changed. The way we work has changed. Technology has created significant benefits for tribal governments throughout the years from IT networks and computers systems shortening the time needed to run operations and improving the overall efficiency and accuracy of information.

The 36th Annual Conference will feature panel discussions on how tribal governments can maintain a firm foundation in technology to ensure tribal operations are protected in Internal Controls: Top Reasons Your Tribe Got Hacked; Cryptocurrency and Blockchain: Tribal Implications; and  Is That Robot Applying for My Job.

Q&A With Bruce Hellen of Arctic IT:

What will technology look like and how will this influence tribal government operations?

 Maintaining a firm foundation in technology is necessary. Rock-solid hardware and software are essential in today's world. You can't run tribal operations with inefficient tools.  For example, financial management software is currently experiencing rapid change.  Tribes must remain updated to ensure legal compliance and to remain competitive. 

 Cybersecurity is imperative to protect tribal assets. Tribal governments must address the burgeoning problem of ransomware and other forms of cyber-attacks. Protection that is current today will soon be outdated. Cybersecurity is a full-time job, not a part-time additional responsibility. Tribes must invest in the right tools and partners to keep their security platforms modern and effective.

 Artificial intelligence (AI) is all around us.  Will it replace tribal jobs?  

Good question. In short, jobs will change and tribal governments must adapt, but humans will still be necessary for the economy of the future. We will be addressing this issue at the NAFOA conference in the panel Is That Robot Applying for My Job? with Microsoft later this month.


Bruce Hellen is president of Arctic IT and will
be featured during Tuesday's General Session.

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