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Navigating Tribal-State-Federal Dynamics: Strengthening Relationships for Sustainable Governance


From Leadership Connect

The intricate relationships between tribal nations and state and federal governments in the United States are central to understanding the nation’s history, politics, and ongoing challenges. This enlightening webinar delves into the multifaceted dynamics that define these relationships, providing valuable insights into their historical origins, contemporary issues, and potential paths forward.


Join us as our panel of experts engage in dynamic discussions to foster a deeper understanding of these vital relationships. Join us for a thought-provoking exploration of the past, present, and future of tribal, state, and federal dynamics, as we strive to build bridges of cooperation, understanding, and empowerment between these essential entities.

Join us for an enlightening conversation that transcends boundaries and builds bridges towards a more harmonious future for all.



Fatima Abbas

Director, Office of Tribal & Native Affairs
U.S. Department of Treasury



Ephraim Kelley

Director of Natural Resources
Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma


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Joshua Riley

Senior Federal Government Relations Strategist
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma


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Sara Jane Smallwood-Cocke

Senior Government Relations Strategist
Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma



Rudy Soto

Deputy Assistant Secretary
USDA Office of External and Intergovernmental Affairs


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Victoria Hodge

Associate Product Manager
Leadership Connect

Victoria is an Associate Product Manager at Leadership Connect where she focuses on helping federal agency clients maximize their productivity with public sector decision intelligence. Prior to this role, she was a Researcher for NBC Nightly News, producing daily stories about world events, political affairs, and human interest. In 2021, she was selected for the competitive News Associate Program at NBC and MSNBC News.

She began her early career in journalism at PBS NewsHour Student Reporting Labs in the summer of 2019, where she co-anchored a special highlighting youth journalism. Following that, she reported at Bloomberg News during the summer of 2020 where she wrote over 129 pieces for the D.C. Breaking News Team.

She graduated with Distinction from the University of Virginia with a double major in Public Policy and Media Studies in 2021.

Victoria was born and raised in the Washington, D.C. area.

Event Details

  • Date: November 16, 2023
  • Time: 2:00 – 3:00 pm ET
  • Live Webinar

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