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Kickingbird Associates has always been involved in developing training and education programs. Written materials and documentation are important parts of the educational process. They are used by staff members, elected officials and board members, educators, historians, and libraries throughout the nation. The development of each publication involved participation of historians, tribal leaders, attorneys, teachers and nonprofit and governance specialists where appropriate. Below are publications we currently have available. New and revised publications are issued each year. To order: phone or e-mail us or fax a purchase order.


Youth for Tribal Government Curriculum Kit
This is a curriculum that Kickingbird Associates developed in association with United National Indian Tribal Youth (UNITY), Inc. in 2001 for use by UNITY’s 200+ youth councils throughout the United States. Aimed at ages 14 – 24, the curriculum is flexible and can been easily adapted for use in public and tribal school systems and community colleges. It consists of three components: Youth for Tribal (YTG) Government Student Book; Youth for Tribal Government Advisor’s Manual; YTG CD-ROM of Overhead Transparencies.

There is little information about tribal government available today that is legally and politically accurate and easy to understand. Its clarity and references to the American system of government make it an excellent tool for understanding participatory government in the United States generally. This is a valuable and empowering resource for Indian communities everywhere. Special price until December 1 when all 3 items are ordered together.

Youth for Tribal Government Student Book
Part of the Youth for Tribal Government Curriculum. The book has a 4-color cover and spiral binding containing four units as follows:
Unit One: Foundations of Tribal Governance
Unit Two: Tribal Governments in Action
Unit Three: Indians and the U.S. Government
Unit Four: Serving your Tribal Government.
Each of the units is divided into chapters. Each chapter ends with learning exercises called “Stepping Out.” The exercises, which are designed for a variety of age groups, are the major learning strategies. They are designed to get students talking to people, conducting further research, exploring new information resources (including the Internet) and applying what they learn for the benefit of their community. 114 pages.

Youth for Tribal Government Advisor's Manual
This is a 5-tabbed 3-ring notebook designed to help youth adult advisors, youth leaders and teachers understand the purpose, learning objectives and scope of the curriculum and enable them to plan and implement a course of studies and activities. The manual contains:
Tab 1: An overview of the program and UNITY, Inc.
Tab 2: Detailed guidance for design, engaging youth and evaluation strategies
Tab 3: Topical outline and all "Stepping Out" exercises by unit.
Tab 4: Forms & Learning Aids (including tests, Internet web sites, and a NEW glossary)
Tab 5: Two booklets written by Lynn Kickingbird that relate to topics of importance to youth programs, Planning to Make A Difference and Grant Writing Basics for Youth Organizations.
120 pages. ISBN# 0-9712434-1-7

Youth for Tribal Government CD-ROM
A CD-ROM contains sets of overhead transparencies to be used in conjunction with the Youth for Tribal Government student book and advisor's manual. They can be printed onto paper or transparency film or projected through a computer. Overheads are on the following topics:
Introduction to YTG & UNITY
Unit One: Foundations for Tribal Governance
Unit Two: Tribal Governments in Action
Unit Three: Indians and the U.S. Government
Unit Four: Serving Your Tribal Government
Planning to Make a Difference
ISBN# 0-9712434-1-7.

Indian Treaties
This book defines treaties in general and describes the nature of treaties and agreements made between Indian nations and the United States Government. It further explores the roles of the executive, legislative and judicial branches in the negotiation, approval and enforcement of treaties and discusses the basis for treaty litigation in the last half of the 20th century. Included are over 200 detailed footnotes, five sample treaties from different eras and a selected bibliography. Heavily footnoted. 90 pages.

Proceedings of the Great Peace Commission of 1867 – 1868
Although the Civil war had ended officially on April 9, 1865, peace throughout the western frontier was sporadic. Reports of the Sand Creek massacre and skirmishes between tribes and settlers continued to fuel unrest from Texas to the Dakotas west to Arizona and north to Idaho. Peace being cheaper than war, the U.S. once again established a Commission to treat with the Indian nations. Delegates of what is now referred to as the “Great Peace Commission” held councils with the Comanche, Kiowa, Apache, Cheyenne, Arapaho, Ute, Cherokee, Lakota, Dakota, Crow, Navajo, Shoshone, Bannock and Nez Perce nations. These are the official minutes recorded during the treaty negotiations by a representative of the United States Government. They also include the council with the Navajos and a letter describing the meeting with Red Cloud and his subsequent approval of a treaty that was not in the original Peace Commission notebook. They provide important information and valuable clues about the motives and concerns of the contracting parties and the interpretation of ambiguous treaty provisions. A wonderful resource for historians, students and western history sleuths. 178 pages, including an introduction by Vine Deloria, Jr. and Raymond DeMallie, PhD. 1975.


Grant Writing for Results: A Resource for Nonprofits and Government Agencies
Revised Edition Available December, 2003! A comprehensive approach to writing proposals to foundations, corporations and government agencies. It includes elements of program development, provides detailed description and tips for writing proposal sections, along with numerous examples, tools, checklists and resources.

Growing Effective Boards
New and revised version of this 1998 publication will become available in January 2004. It provides an overview of governance and explores the relationship between board, CEO and staff, board roles and responsibilities, financial and administrative oversight and development, board structure and organization (including effective bylaws), board recruitment and engagement, board meetings that work, and best practices. Includes many valuable tools, check-lists and links to help your organization soar!

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