Institutes follow this format, with the ultimate goal being policy recommendations and exercise of Tribal self-determination:

I.  Introductions— Participants are asked to introduce themselves and answer one of the following questions:- What do I want my community to look like in 50 years?

- What is one core value guiding your life?

- What do you want your children to inherit?

- What do you want your caretakers to be like?

II.  Core Values and 100 Years of Federal Indian Policy Presentation— The Leadership Institute functions from the theory that core values, reflecting individual, family, community and heritage morals have historically shaped Native people and the purpose of the work they do.  Through the presentation, participants collectively examine in what form these core values exist and how the continue to support or not support our activity.  Similarly, the 100 Years of Federal Indian Policy Presentation examines past policies and how they have impacted us at a personal and communal level.  These presentations set the stage for the topic discussion.

III.Topic Presentation—The central topic is presented by a community expert who is actively engaged in the area.

IV. Essential Questions: Breakout Session—Groups, led by Institute facilitators, provide solution-orientedresponses to critical questions and consider practical implications.

V.Reflections —Individuals reflect on the Institute activities and consider next steps that involve a commitment to what their personal “contributions” will be as they move forward in their respective roles.

VI. Gray Book—A document containing Institute proceedings and policy recommendations is produced