Tribal Land Staff National Conference

The premier education and networking event for tribal land professionals

11th Tribal Land Staff National Conference

Coming up April 5-7, 2022

Mark your calendars now for the 11th Tribal Land Staff National Conference April 5-7, 2022. NTLA will return to an in-person event next April. The conference will be held at the beautiful Mystic Lake Center located in the Shakopee Mdewakanton Sioux Community in the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area. The theme for the conference is People, Purpose and Passion: Leading the Way in Tribal Land Management.

Conference registration is now open! Click the orange button below to register online using a credit card. To pay by check, click here and download the pdf registration form.


Visit the Exhibition Hall!

Th 11th Tribal Land Staff National Conference is coming up in April but you can still learn about all of the sponsors and exhibitors who supported the event in 2021. Please visit our Sponsor page and Exhibition Hall to learn more about these organizations. We appreciate their support!




Thank you to our 2021 sponsors!

PLATINUM:  Indian Land Tenure Foundation

GOLD:  Soboba Band of Luiseno Indians, Coyote Business Park

BRONZE: Confederated Tribes of the Grand Ronde Community of Oregon,  Esri, Indian Land Capital Company, Pandell & Plus Codes

Click here to learn more about the tribes, corporations and organizations that support the conference, and the different types of sponsorships avaiable.


Watch the 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.

Conference Sessions


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

Explore Sponsorship Opportunities

The 11th Tribal Land Staff National Conference will be held April 5-7, 2022 in Minnesota, and there will be numerous sponsorship opportunities available to tribal nations, businesses, government agencies and others. Sponsors receive multiple forms of recognition and exposure before, during and after the conference.

For more information specifics on available sponsorships please contact David Garelick (telephone: 651-789-1748, email:

2021 sponsors and exhibitors