Tribal Land Staff National Conference

The premier education and networking event for tribal land professionals

The Tribal Land Staff National Conference

The 12th Tribal Land Staff National Conference was held March 21-23, 2023 at the beautiful Pechanga Resort Casino in Southern California. Every year this event offers a variety of unique learning opportunities available on site, as well as the chance to network with your fellow professionals from across Indian Country. The Conference theme in 2023 was “Preserving and Adapting in the 21st Century.”

Watch for video of conference presentations coming soon.


See the 2023 Conference Agenda

Session topics for the 12th Tribal Land Staff National Conference are posted on the website. The conference was held March 21-23 at the Pechanga Resort Casino in Southern California. The conference theme was: Preserving and Adapting in the 21st Century.

There were eight separate sessions held over the three days of the conference. Each session featured three distict options to choose from. As always, the agenda offered a wide array of topics of interest to Tribal land professionals. All of the sessions were recorded to make them available on the website. Watch for video to be posted here soon.

CLICK HERE to see the complete conference agenda.



Exhibit at next year's Conference!

The Tribal Land Staff National Conference is an excellent opportunity to reach tribal land professionals in person while building your network in Indian Country. To learn more about exhibiting or sponsoring at the conference lease call David Garelick of the Indian Land Tenure Foundation at 651-789-1748 or email

Please visit our Sponsor page and Exhibition Hall to learn more about the organizations that sponsor the Conference. We appreciate their support!




Thank you to our sponsors!

Click here to learn more about the tribes, corporations and organizations that support the Tribal Land Staff National Conference. This important event would not be possible without their continued support.


Watch previous Conference presentations

All of the online presentations at the 10th Tribal Land Staff National Conference in 2021 were recorded for viewing at your convenience. Sessions titles are listed below. Click on a session title to view the presentation on YouTube.

2022 Presentation Slides

Click on a presentation title below to access a pdf of the presenter’s slides.

Understanding the Agricultural Resource Management Plan

Transfers of Federal Land to Tribal Governments

Carbon Workshop 101

Implementing Tribal Jurisdictions to Build Tribal Economies

Using Planning to Move From What is to What Should Be


2021 Conference Sessions on video


Opening Address: Lessons From Another Pandemic – A Chance to Close the Systemic Gaps

Presenter: Chief Commissioner Manny Jules


Spatial Organization and Land Use Patterns

Presenter: Amy Wilson, Founder & Principal Consultant, Social, Economic, Energy and Resource Renewal, LLC


Fee-to-Trust Experiences on Fond du Lac

Presenter: Timothy Krohn, Land Information Manager, Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa


Rights-of-Way: Indians are being had ‘big time’

Presenter: Sally Willett, Retired Judge, Cherokee Nation


Building a Sustainable and Resilient Indigenous Economy

Presenter: André LeDressay, Director, Tulo Centre for Indigenous Economics


Legal Updates

Presenter: Sarah Roubidoux Lawson, Of Counsel, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt


A Scalable Approach to Evaluating and Addressing Your Property’s Environmental Conditions

Presenter: Jennifer Casler, Senior Associate Geologist, Haley & Aldrich


Probate and Proposed Regulation Changes

Presenter: Sally Willett, Retired Judge, Cherokee Nation


NEPA Regulation Changes

Presenters: Sara Dutschke Setshwaelo, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell

Matthew Adams, Partner, Kaplan Kirsch Rockwell


Section 17 Corporations: Using the Past to Structure Your Business for the Future

Presenter: Shauna Coons, Managing Attorney, Kwe Law Firm


Land Acquisitions and Creative Solutions

Presenters: Monte Gray, Assistant General Counsel, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes

Travis Stone, Land Use Director, Shoshone-Bannock Tribes


Tribal Transportation Self-Governance Program

Presenters: Milo Booth, Director of Tribal Affairs, Tribal Self-Governance Transportation Program

Eldridge Onco, Regional Counsel, United States Department of Transportation


Pandemic Effects on Estate Planning

Presenter: Casey Ross, Director, American Indian Law and Sovereignty Center


Shortening the TSR Timeline

Presenter: James Colombe, Project Manager, Center for Indian Country Development


Collaborating for Success in Strategic Planning and Economic Development

Presenters: Cynthia Ptak, Economic Development Representative for Arizona for Economic Development Administration, United States Department of Commerce

Frances Sakaguchi, Economic Development Integrator – Seattle Regional Office, United States Department of Commerce


Flood Hazard Identification and the National Flood Insurance Program in Indian Country

Presenters: Dr. Frank Shockey, Senior National Flood Insurance Program Specialist, FEMA-Region V

Nick Bruscato, Mitigation Tribal Liaison/Risk Analysis Program Specialist, FEMA-Region V


Site Planning Indian Lands: Designing and Building with Vision

Presenters: Ken Ryan, Principal, KTGY Architecture

Shane Melbo, Chief Operating Officer and Co-Founder, Oak and Stone Development


Medical Marijuana and Industrial Hemp

Presenter: Erick Giles, Attorney, Drummond Woodsum


What to Expect from the Biden Administration

Presenter: Larry Roberts, Professor of Practice and Executive Director, Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, ASU