The December 2018 Tribal Financial Managers Certificate Program Draws to a Close at Arizona State University

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The December 2018 Tribal Financial Managers Certificate Program Draws to a Close at Arizona State University

December 14, 2018

This week NAFOA partnered with Arizona State University’s (ASU) Thunderbird School of Global Management, and ASU’s American Indian Policy Institute for its bi-annual Tribal Financial Managers Certificate Program (TFMC) held in Tempe, AZ. This class consisted of 49 students from all corners of Indian Country.

The TFMC program is a three-day training meant to meet the needs of tribal government finance and accounting professionals looking to strengthen their skills and grow their abilities. The course is taught using experiential learning with a combination of lecture, exercises, and case studies from tribal governments.

 “Congratulations to the newest class of TFMC Program graduates! We are really proud of the national reach of this program and the demonstrated value it has brought to tribal governments. We encourage all participants to persist on their path of lifelong learning and to continue to engage with NAFOA’s professional development offerings in the future,” said NAFOA President, Tina Danforth.  

Highlights from the program include: principals of federal Indian law and its effect on tribal financial management today, government accounting standards and principles, compliance with the OMB Uniform Guidance and the Single Audit Act, best practices for internal controls and procurement policies to protect your tribe, key tools for developing and managing budgets, and emerging financial issues in Indian Country.

Certificate Graduates:  

Shayleen Allen, Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services

Ryan Allen, Quinault Indian Nation

Hamad Bakhsh, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Jeanna Begay, Pueblo of Laguna

Melanie Benjamin, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Helene Bennett, Tlingit & Haida Central Council

Andrew Bentley, Oglala Sioux Tribe

Cynthia Browning, Canoncito Band of Navajos Health Center, Inc

Lynn Crist, Quinault Indian Nation

Maribel Cuffman, Tule River Tribal Council

Sammia Dejolie, Navajo Technical University

Drew Desautel, Colville Confederated Tribe

Diana Dewakuku, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Wanda Easter, Hualapai Tribe

Lovena Epaloose, Bureau of Indian Affairs

Yolanda Faausuusu, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska – CTCHEC

Juan Garcia, Jamul Indian Village of California

Melissa Gilman, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Fabian Gomez, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo

Tonya Greene, Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe

Karina Hagelsieb, Ysleta del Sur Pueblo

Tim Hayes, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians/Cherokee Indian Hospital

Mandy Hudson-Howard, Quinault Indian Nation

Barbara Joseph, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe

Lacey Kilby, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians/Cherokee Indian Hospital

Cheryl Kishigo-Lesky, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Nicole Laguard, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Lahna Lilly, Klamath Tribal Health & Family Services

Marilyn Lomahaftewa, Second Mesa Day School

Evan Mathis, Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians/Cherokee Indian Hospital

Tom McAndrews, Pauma Band of Mission Indians

Melissa McCartney, Colville Confederated Tribe

Yolanda McCollum, San Pasqual Band of Mission Indians

Richard Meckes, Prairie Band of Potawatomi Nation

Linda Mirabal, Taos Pueblo, Taos Mountain Casino

Denine Morris, Omaha Tribe

Denea Moyle-Zulz, Fallon Paiute Shoshone Tribe

Marci O’Husky, Jamul Indian Village of California

John Palinkas, Pechanga Band

Taylor Palinkas, Pechanga Band

Alma Paz, Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians

Maurice Redday, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate

Sarah Rowland, Omaha Tribe of Nebraska

Arlyn Sam, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Misty Schmidt, Quinault Indian Nation

Vivienne Tateyuskanskan, Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate Tribe

Ken Truitt, Tlingit & Haida Central Council

Ginger Weyaus, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe

Joe Zack, Cottingham & Butler