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Volunteers Are Needed – Get Involved

As a volunteer led organization, we rely greatly on the knowledge and expertise of those volunteers. We have many ways for you to get involved and help to define the future of NTLA. Our goal is to become a stand-alone 501(c)(3) organization, but for now, volunteers are what will define our future. We can't do this without your support and involvement.

Join one of our committees!

Note: You must have current NTLA membership to participate on a committee.

Conference Planning Committee

Conference Planning

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Conference Planning Committee members meet once a month by conference call and work remotely through a web-based file sharing program to plan the conference. There are currently two sub-committees:

  • Session Planning – defines the session topics and structure of the sessions for the conference.
  • Marketing and Advertising – develops a fundraising plan and reaches out to potential supporters to finance the conference. The subcommittee also directs the marketing of the conference to the greater public.

We are also looking for volunteers to help at the next conference such as by staffing the NTLA booth, introducing speakers at each session; distributing evaluation forms, and other on-site event activities.

Training Committee


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The Training Committee meets monthly and is working to develop a Certification Program for tribal land professionals specializing in: Land Management & Planning; Real Estate Principles & Practices; Acquisition & Development, and Essential Operations of a Realty Office.

This committee is in the beginning stages of defining one of four potential Certification Programs which would offer two-day in-depth hands-on training components designed to provide the skills and knowledge needed by tribal land professionals in their day-to-day operations.

Help us as we develop a Certification Program in Acquisition & Development. Our goal is to start course offerings by 2015.

Volunteer today to define this valuable resource for Tribal Nations' staff.

Fundraising Committee

Fundraising Committee

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The Fundraising Committee meets monthly to plan and organize efforts for raising funds the NTLA as well as for the annual conference and training/certification programs.


  • NTLA – ongoing general operating funds as well as growing an endowment to hire a staff person to move the association into a standalone professional association.
  • Annual Conference – identifying and reaching out to potential sponsors and exhibitors.
  • Training/Certificate Program – funding needed to develop course curriculum, materials and trainers.


Ji misawaabandaaming, loosely translated to "how we envision our future," is a worldview based in positive thinking. (Anishanaabe)