Tribal Land Staff National Conference

The premier education and networking event for tribal land professionals

Tribal Land Staff National Conference

The 13th Tribal Land Staff National Conference was held April 2-4, 2024 at Planet Hollywood in Las Vegas and drew more than 300 participants. Every year this event offers a variety of unique learning and networking opportunities for professionals who work in Indian land and related fields. The 2024 theme was Advancing Tribal Sovereignty in the Digital Age.

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Conference exhibitors

The Tribal Land Staff National Conference has been 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 please 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

Most of the online presentations at the 12th Tribal Land Staff National Conference were recorded for viewing at your convenience. Sessions titles are listed below. Click on a session title to view the presentation on YouTube.


Carbon Markets from an Indigenous Perspective (CLE)

Presenters: Bryan Van Stippen, Program Director, National Indian Carbon Coalition

Susan Waukon, Project Manager, National Indian Carbon Coalition


Lease Income on Allotted Lands

Presenter: Thomas Stratmann, Professor of Economics & Law, George Mason University


Tribal Youth GIS: A Story Mapping Pilot Curriculum

Presenters: Shana Crosson, DASH Program Associate Director, University of Minnesota

Jim Wabindato, Special Policy Advisor on Tribal Ag. Land, USDA


Considerations in Using Fee Land to Economic Development (CLE)

Presenters: Michelle Lee, Tribal Attorney, The Circle Law Group, P.C.

Russell Eleck, Lands Coordinator, Pit River Tribe

Gregory Wolfin, EPA Coordinator, Pit River Tribe


Trespass in Indian Country (CLE)

Presenters: Rebecca Ross, Attorney-Advisor, U.S. Department of the Interior, Office of the Solicitor

Merri Lopez-Keifer, Director, Office of Native American Affairs Office of Attorney General California Department of Justice

Kimberly Yearyean, Realty Officer, Pacific Region


Tribal Broadband: Navigating Multijurisdictional Projects

Presenters: Andrew Orosco Jr., Broadband Program Specialist, National Telecommunications and Information Administration

Linnea Jackson, General Manager, Hoopa Valley Utilities District, Hoopa Valley Tribe

Matthew Rantanen, Senior Advisor Tribal Broadband, Golden State Network


Mii Ezhenanang Nindakiimin Noongom – Our Land Is Returned Back To Us Today

Presenters: Jeffrey Holth, Shareholder, The Jacobson Law Group

Cathy Chavers, Chairwomen, Bois Forte Band of Chippewa

Cris Stainbrook, President, Indian Land Tenure Foundation

Kim Berns-Melhus, MN State Director of Conservation Acquisition, The Conservation Fund


Agriculture Policy and Funding Updates (CLE)

Presenter: Carly Griffith-Hotvedt, Associate Director, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Institute


Using GIS on the Pechanga Indian Reservation

Presenters: Shelly Knight, GIS Manager, Pechanga Tribal Government

Kevin Capone, GIS Analyst, Pechanga Tribal Government

Kelcey Stricker, Environmental Department, Pechanga Tribal Government

David Newman, Environmental Department, Pechanga Tribal Government


Legal Updates (CLE)

Presenter: Sarah Lawson, Shareholder, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt


Tricks of the Trade: Effective Tribal Ordinance Drafting

Presenter: Kimberly Cluff, Legal Director, California Tribal Families Coalition


Planning Basics II

Presenter: Amy J Wilson, Founder & Principal Consultant, SEE Renewal


HEARTH Act Implementation (CLE)

Presenter: Jeff R. Keohane, Of Counsel, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt


Cfeds, BILS, and Cadastral Resources in the Fiduciary Trust

Presenter: Tasha Huhta, BLM Surveyor, CFedS Program Manager, Bureau of Land Management


Leveraging ArcGIS for Management and Protection of Lands

Presenters: Anne Taylor, Account Manager, Esri

Katie Kolcusky, Solution Engineer, Esri


Negotiating with Non-Tribal Jurisdictions (CLE)

Presenters: Pablo Padilla, Esq., Pablo H. Padilla, LLC

Charles Padilla, Officer Manager, Pablo H. Padilla, LLC


Implementing Agricultural Resource Management Planning in Your Community

Presenters: Emily Luscombe, Natural Resources Director, Intertribal Agriculture Council

Will Seeley, Tribal Enterprise Specialist, Indigenous Food and Agriculture Institute

Dave Bartecchi, Executive Director, Village Earth


25 USC 177 Nonintercourse Act (CLE)

Presenters: Megan Powell, Director of Underwriting – Direct Division, First American Title Insurance Company

Michael O’Neal, Vice President-Corporate Underwriting, First American Title Insurance Company


Take Ownership of Your Appraisals

Presenters: Alberto Ugas, Appraiser – Special Projects Manager, Appraisal and Valuation Services Office (AVSO) / DOI

Eldred Lesansee, Associate Deputy Diretor, Appraisal and Valuation Services Office (AVSO) / DOI


Using GIS to Manage Tribal Land Base

Presenter: Eric Anderson, GIS Analyst, Muckleshoot Indian Tribe


Tribal-State Consultation On- and Off-Reservation (CLE)

Presenter: Jeff R. Keohane, Of Counsel, Schwabe, Williamson & Wyatt


Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe Restoration Act

Presenters: James (Matt) Frazer, GIS Manager, Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe

Christine Herman, Tribal Relations Specialist for Chippewa National Forest, USDA


Implementing Broadband in Indian Country

Presenter: Bill Fenton, Director, Osage Nation Information Technology


Seeking Higher Ground: Climate Disasters and Tribal Land Issues (CLE)

Presenter: Brian Candelaria, Staff Attorney and Disaster Navigator, Oklahoma Indian Legal Services

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