Tribal Financial Managers Certificate

Thunderbird School of Global Management

Thunderbird School of Global Management


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Who should attend

  • Tribal administrative staff including, project managers and program directors.
  • Tribal finance staff including, tribal government accountants, grant managers, controllers, and budget managers.
  • Corporate professionals interested in increasing knowledge related to tribal financial management.
  • Elected tribal leaders interested in the financial components of operating a tribal government.

About the course

Over the past 10 years, the Tribal Financial Managers Certificate (TFMC) at ASU has been the program of choice for tribal finance and administrative staff and has seen over 1,000 professionals graduate. A collaboration among NAFOA, Arizona State University’s American Indian Policy Institute, and Thunderbird School of Global Management, this certificate is designed equip tribal government accountants, budget and grant managers, and tribal administrative staff with the tools to support or manage tribal financial departments, as well as provide leading information on industry standards and new innovations.

Admission to the program is open. At the program’s conclusion, participants will receive a Certificate of Completion from the Thunderbird School of Management.

Benefits of TFMC:

Taking a holistic approach to tribal financial management, this program prepares participants to carry out the operations required within a tribal finance department and drive organizational improvement and performance. Participants will return with skillsets and frameworks to not only carry out their roles effectively but to also shape their department’s or community’s operating models and strategic goals.

Program Content

The Tribal Financial Managers Certificate is the official training course for NAFOA's, Financial Reporting and Information Guide for Tribal Governments and Enterprises (Orange Book)

This professional certificate provides an in-depth background in tribal government finance, Indian law, taxation, and economic development. Attendees can earn up to 20 CPE credits. Content focus includes:

Federal Indian Law

  • The intersection of federal Indian law principles and tribal financial management
  • Self-determination and self-governance from a legal perspective

Tribal Government Financial Management

  • Understanding tribal financial statements
  • The technicalities of government fund and enterprise accounting
  • Grant management including, understanding the grant cycle, cost principles, OMB Uniform Guidance, and procurement standards

Compliance and Internal Control

  • Understanding federal guidelines and maintaining compliance
  • Defining and instituting internal controls within your tribe
  • Developing internal audit procedures and preparing for external audits


  • Managing your own personal development
  • Building impactful relationships laterally and upward


Mike Baer

Mike Baer comes to the W. P. Carey School of Business after earning his doctorate degree in management at the University of Georgia, where he also taught organizational behavior and human resource management courses. His research focuses on the areas of trust, fairness, and impression management....

Hattie Mitchell

Hattie Mitchell is a Prairie Band Potawatomi Nation (PBPN) tribal member and grew up on the PBPN reservation in Mayetta, Kansas. She was elected to the PBPN Tribal Council and served as Treasurer 2012-2016. Academically she is a Certified Public Accountant (CPA) and a Certified Fraud Examiner (CF...

Jean Swift

Jean Swift, former Treasurer of the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Council, served on the Tribal Council from October 24, 2013 to December 31, 2018. During much of that time, Treasurer Swift chaired the Tribe’s Finance Committee and Economic Development Committee. She also served as Vice Chair of the...

Corrine Wilson

With more than 25 years of experience, Corrine is a seasoned auditor, trainer and consultant who has dedicated her professional career to serving Native American tribes and is nationally recognized as an expert in tribal government financial management. Her combined public accounting background a...

Robert Yoder

Robert R. Yoder received his undergraduate degree from Arizona State University, summa cum laude, and his law degree from the University of Southern California, where he served as an editor on the USC Major Tax Planning Law Journal, and was an American Jurisprudence Award recipient. The majority ...

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