Native American Organizations

Unique needs of Native American Organizations

Native organizations are unique both on the for-profit and non-profit side. Not only are there cultural norms that impact how these organizations are and should be managed, but there are also legal differences that set them apart.

For Alaska Native Corporations formed under ANCSA, the relationship between shareholders and the corporation differs from that of other corporations upon which they are modeled. This brings with it the challenges of defining a purpose that fulfills the extensive and competing needs of its shareholders, actively engaging shareholders in operations and maintaining a viable, profitable organization.

How do PGS products and services address the unique needs of Native Organizations:

  • PGS has served over 70 different Native organizations to date. Our clients tells us they appreciate our understanding of the cultural dynamics and unique challenges of Native organizations, as well as the ability to adapt our work and use of our products to those challenges.
  • Particularly important is that our products are delivered in a form that makes them easy to use and to communicate to shareholders, tribal members and other stakeholders, from Governing Board Development to Strategic Planning.

Examples

Challenge

In 2008, PGS began work with the Kenaitze Indian Tribe. The tribe has employed the PGS Vision Navigation® process. The Tribe’s CEO is quoted as saying, “One of the first values for KIT as an organization: the process aligned the vision of the council with the goals of the administration. It allowed us to really have clarity of priorities and clarity of where we intend to go in the next 15 years. “

Solution

In addition, Kenaitze employed our Process Advantage® approach to design its new Medical Home Model, being hailed as the most innovative approach to integration of health care services in the state. In the spring of 2014, the Tribe will open its doors on a new health facility, the result of persistence through years of projects in its strategic plans.