June 5-8, 2017

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Little River Casino Resort
US 31 & M-22
2700 Orchard Highway
Manistee, MI 49660

Driving Directions 

Hotel Reservations:

Call (888) 568.2244 for reservations
Reserve your room early to receive the group rate.

Program Faculty

NNAHRA’s THRP trainings are provided
by Drummond Woodsum attorneys and
consultants in collaboration with attorney Rick
McGee. Our team has frequently presented at
NNAHRA conferences and for individual tribes,
and advised many tribes across the country on
HR, labor and employment issues.

S. Campbell Badger
Attorney, Drummond Woodsum

Ann S. Chapman
Consultant, Drummond Woodsum

Anna B. Cole
Attorney, Drummond Woodsum

Richard G. McGee
Attorney, Law Office of Richard G. McGee, LLC

Daniel J. Rose
Attorney, Drummond Woodsum

Christina R. Simpson de Reyes
Attorney, Drummond Woodsum

Kaighn Smith, Jr.
Attorney, Drummond Woodsum


Donna Swiderek
Drummond Woodsum
1.800.727.1941 Ext. 565

Interested in Hosting a THRP training session in your region?

Contact Campbell Badger for more information:
800.727.1941 Ext. 514


The Tribal Human Resources Professional Certification Summit-Michigan 

June 5-8, 2017
Little River Casino Resort
Manistee, MI

$1,350 per person
(includes breakfast & lunch)

NNAHRA and Drummond Woodsum have joined forces to provide Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) training to HR Professionals in Indian Country. This 3-1/2 day course provides HR Professionals with the practical knowledge and skills they need to handle the unique employment challenges facing tribal governments and their enterprises.

Attendees will learn and apply employment laws, with a specific emphasis on protecting sovereignty. Topics will focus on issues HR Professionals grapple with every day, including discrimination, wage and hour issues, employee discipline, investigations, evaluations, leaves of absence, union activity, Indian Preference and more. The course includes interactive exercises to re-enforce learning and help attendees gain confidence in navigating complex employment issues. Attendees who successfully complete the final exam receive the NNAHRA Tribal Human Resource Professional Certification. Join over 1,000 of your fellow HR Professionals who already hold the THRP certification, which is widely recognized as the essential HR credential in Indian Country.

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THRP Training Curriculum

THRP certification participants will receive a three and a half day program covering all aspects of the law (and polices) governing labor and employment relations in Indian country. 

The program will be broken down as follows:

Day 1:  Monday | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm  

Tribal Employment and Understanding the Legal Landscape

  • What is an Indian tribe?
  • What is a tribal enterprise?
  • History of employment law
  • Tribal government authority in Indian country to regulate employment relations
  • Sources of laws: What laws apply and who enforces them
  • Tribal sovereignty: What it means and how it applies

Employment Discrimination

  • Discrimination laws: Scope and nature of laws and how they effect tribes:  Title VII, ICRA, ADA, ADEA, tribal laws and policies
  • How discrimination laws might apply: Hiring, promotions, transfers, evaluations, discipline, and job descriptions

Day 2:  Tuesday | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Employees on Leave

  • Employee leave laws: Scope and nature of laws and how they effect tribes: ADA, FMLA,  workers’ compensation, tribal laws and policies
  • Who is eligible, how to analyze leave requests, and what is a reasonable accommodation

FLSA: Wage and Hour Issues

  • Exempt and non-exempt employees
  • Minimum wage
  • Overtime work
  • Recordkeeping requirements
  • Traps for the unwary

Examination of Other Laws Effecting Tribal Employment


Indian Preference Law

  • Purpose of law
  • Scope of law
  • Practical and procedural applications

Day 3:  Wednesday | 8:30 am - 4:30 pm

Personnel Policies

  • Why we need personnel policies, what personnel policies we need, and practical tips

Disciplining Employee Misconduct

  • Due process, progressive discipline, investigations, and writing discipline letters

Employee Evaluations

  • Establishing reasonable performance standards
  • Role of job descriptions
  • Notice of deficiencies
  • Opportunity to improve

Unions and Concerted Activities

  • National Labor Relations Act and unions
  • Solicitation and distribution of materials
  • Restrictions on social media
  • What employers can and cannot do under the NLRA

Day 4:  Thursday | 8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Role of Human Resources

  • Making sure your voice is heard
  • Dealing with intractable problems: Drugs and alcohol, attendance issues, and employee complaints and grievances

Examination for THRP Certification

  • Multiple choice and short essay questions on all issues covered over the three-and-a-half-day training

THRP Certification

Participants will take an examination at the end of the program to test their knowledge of the materials. Participants who earn a passing grade will receive written notification that they are certified by NNAHRA as a Tribal Human Resource Professional.

NNAHRA Membership

Participants will recieve FREE NNAHRA membership for one year upon course completion.
S. Campbell Badger  Daniel J. Rose  Ann S. Chapman