Facilitation Tips

On average, we have an hour with about 15 to 20 minutes for the presentation aspect. Which leaves about 40 minutes for the discussion. I suggest the following.

  1. Review the presentation and summarize.
  2. Develop questions to ask the audience to stimulate conversation.
  3. Start the discussion with the summary.
  4. Next provide an anecdote about what you have done that is similar to the information provided in the presentation. 
  5. Ask the audience if they would like to share something that they learned or would like to work on that was given in the presentation. This would be a roundtable start 😊.
  6. If no responses, go to your questions and ask, then I’ll spin the wheel of names to choose a respondent.
  7. A two minute warning for any final questions or comments will be given.

Speaking Order

This event is special because we have more than just one master or mistress of ceremonies. Thank you for being a part of the NLCC Semi-annual Meeting – January 2021!

Tuesday, January 26, Morning

  • Maria Griffin will open and introduce Dr. Sean Chandler.
  • Sean will preside over the rest of the morning, which includes Cree’s pre-recorded presentation on supervisor skills.

Tuesday, January 26, Afternoon

  • Maria will re-introduce Sean
  • Sean will introduce Serena Chandler and Xavier Hawley for their presentation.
  • Sean will introduce Candace Branson for the facilitation of the Strategic Plan Share Out.
  • Candace will introduce Kiowa for their inspirational moment.
  • Maria will close the day and remind everyone of the Visiting Room.

Wednesday, January 27, Morning

  • Jim Myers will open the day and carry through the Survey Development breakout.
  • Survey Development Breakout has the following facilitators:
  • Jim will introduce Cherokee for their inspirational moment.

Wednesday, January 27, Afternoon

  • Tachini Pete will open and introduce Cree’s pre-recorded presentation on Team building and Kiowa as the facilitator.
  • Kiowa will then introduce ANA for their section.
  • Tachini will close the day and remind everyone of the Kahoots! Game and Brandon Smith as the game MC.

Thursday, January 28, Morning

  • Jim will open the day and introduce Victoria Carlson, Yurok, and she’ll preside over the survey report out.
  • Victoria will introduce Sun’aq for their inspirational moment.
  • Candace will re-introduce Victoria for the Yurok Inspirational moment.

Thursday, January 28, Afternoon

  • Maria will open the afternoon with the program sustainability presentation.
  • Tachini will introduce Cherokee as facilitator.
  • Tachini will wrap up, remind about the visiting room, and introduce Sean for the cultural closing.


Sean Chandler, Ed.D. (Aaniiih)

Sean Chandler (Aaniiih), is the Dean at Aaniiih Nakoda College and the Director of the White Clay Immersion School. He leads the NLCC cooperative agreement held by Aaniiih Nakoda College. In addition to his responsibilities at Aaniiih Nakoda College and White Clay Immersion School, he teaches Aaniiih to the immersion school students.

Dr. Chandler earned his doctorate in Educational Leadership from the University of Montana, his Master of Arts in Native American Studies from Montana State University, Bozeman, MT, and his Bachelor of Arts in Art, also from Montana State University in Bozeman, MT.

Maria Griffin, MA (Spokane Tribe of Indians)

Maria Griffin (Spokane Tribe) is the Center Director for the NLCC TTA Center. She provides leadership for the TTA Director and the Project Coordinator and ensures that all staff, subcontractors, and consultants work together to provide quality training and technical assistance for the recipients.

As the Senior Project Director at Sister Sky Inc., Maria provides oversight to most of the federal contracts that Sister Sky Inc. holds. She also assists in developing processes and policy for project management, writing proposals for contracts, as well as mentors and trains all her teams to work in harmony and complete contracts with quality, on time, and within budget. In addition to managing federal contracts, Maria serves as back-up to the Training and Technical Assistance Director and provides T/TA in community engagement, grant and proposal writing, grant and program/project management, finance management, cultural competency, social and economic development, employee development, project/program planning and development, organizational alignment, and wellness education.

Maria holds a Master of Arts in English, emphasis in Rhetoric, Composition, and Technical Communication from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA. She also holds a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Chemistry both with the emphasis of Biotechnology from Eastern Washington University.

Jim Myers, MSW

Jim Myers is the Language Evaluator for the NLCC cohort. He provides the cohort with capacity building training in research, assessment, and evaluation. In addition, he supports the NLCC cohort with data collection and analysis.

Jim is Director of Evaluation and Research at Gary Bess Associates (GBA) and has been with GBA since 2001. He has taught courses in research methods and program evaluation in the School of Social Work at California State University, Chico. At GBA, Jim oversees evaluations and applied research projects. His expertise is in quantitative and qualitative assessment. As a macro practice social worker, Jim is experienced in survey question development, data coordination, data organization and analysis, and development of final reports. For the last 10 years, Jim has been conducting evaluations with programs working towards integrated health care. He also has been/and is concurrently the local evaluator SAMHSA-funded Circles of Care planning grants for Native American tribes and agencies.

Jim holds a Master of Social Work from California State University, Chico, CA and has taken doctoral courses in human and organization development.

Tachini Pete, MBA (Salish/Navajo)

Tachini Pete is Salish/Navajo, and is the current Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Director for the Native Language Community Coordination (NLCC) T/TA Center. He has been learning Salish of the Flathead Reservation for the past 25 years. He is an avid learner, researcher, and teacher of the Salish language. Tachini is well-known for his work in Salish languages and is a strong proponent for language revitalization. He is co-founder and founding executive director of Nkwusm, Salish Language Revitalization Institute. Tachini has authored the modern Salish language translation dictionary, “Medicine for the Salish Language” (SKC Press), published in 2010, and is finishing up the latest edition. 

Tachini’s language consulting work over the past 23 years centers around providing language programs, communities, and funders with guidance and evaluation of their revitalization strategies and prioritization. He provides a revitalization framework to show language programs and communities the components and stages of work to better understand at what level their current effort is as well as how they can grow and advance toward their language revitalization goals. Furthermore, Tachini assists language leadership with program development by helping identify prioritization strategies based on current resources available to accomplish their goals. He creates training materials to help language programs and communities understand the processes of language revitalization and assists in bringing community efforts in alignment with current stage of language development.

Tachini works on language transfer capacity, second language acquisition, and researching and documenting the Salish language. Tachini’s experience teaching at all age levels (preschool to college) as well as an executive leader, understanding funding agencies, and advocate for language revitalization will support the needs of the NLCC cohort in the coming year. Tachini holds a Master of Business Administration from Gonzaga University, Spokane, WA, and holds a Bachelor of Science in Elementary Education from the University of Montana Western, Dillon, MT. Tachini is a small business owner of Tachini Drums.

Cree Whelshula (Coeur d’Alene Tribe of Indians)

Cree Whelshula (Coeur d’Alene Tribe/ Colville) is the former Training and Technical Assistance (T/TA) Director for the Native Language Community Coordination (NLCC) Center. She served as in-house expert on native language revitalization efforts, second language acquisition, and best teaching practices. Cree utilized her diverse experience in mentor- apprentice, immersion, early childhood development, and administrative partnerships to support the needs of the NLCC cohort in various capacities.

Cree earned an Associate of Arts Degree from Salish Kootenai College, and then moved on to earn her Bachelor of Arts in Interdisciplinary Studies- Anthropology, Linguistics, and Economics from Eastern Washington University, Cheney, WA. In addition to her work at Sister Sky Inc., Cree voluntarily provides language lessons on everything through grammar, conjugation, orthography, etc. through her Facebook groups to the Native language community at large.