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NLC: Knowledge is Power
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The Native Learning Center was established in October 2008, as a program of the Seminole Tribe of Florida Housing Department. In cooperation with the Housing and Urban Development Office, Eastern Woodlands Office of Native American Programs (EWONAP) and various Native American trainers throughout Indian Country, the Native Learning Center developed areas of concentration to complement current National Organizations that support EWONAP’s mission of promoting the development of Native Housing and housing related activities.

The Native Learning Center (NLC) offers free Training and Technical Assistance (T&TA) to Native Americans and those working within Indian Country, with an emphasis on the educational needs of Tribal members and their communities. The mission of the NLC is to provide Native and Indigenous people with knowledge and skills that improve quality of life through housing related educational programs and the vision of the NLC is to be the recognized educational resource for the development of cultural and quality of life skills for all Native and Indigenous people and currently produces and provides free, culturally specific learning content for its participants. The learning management system, Kerretv (Key-Thee-Duh, Creek for “Learning”) Online, provides both materials and other resources, including recorded and live webinars. The NLC will continue to provide on- and off-site events, allowing people to come together and learn about topics that are both current and relevant in Indian Country, while providing those participants with an opportunity to network with others in attendance at these events. As the NLC continues to grow its learning community, it will increase its partnerships with people and organizations that share its vision for the development of cultural and quality of life skills for all Native and Indigenous people. Knowledge is power and the training provided by NLC can change the quality of life for thousands.

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A Sharpe Outlook: The Native Learning Center

Georgette Palmer Smith, the Executive Director for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Native Learning Center joins the show to discuss the program and it's benefits.
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Guest(s) Appearing on this Episode
Georgette Palmer Smith
Georgette Palmer Smith, CMM, is the Executive Director for the Seminole Tribe of Florida, Native Learning Center. In 2010 she joined the team as Director of Administrative Services Program Director for the Native Learning Center.

She has served as Director of the Forum and Conference Services for the University of Oklahoma and brings over 24 years of experience in planning and arranging hundreds of different concepts of meetings, trade shows and special events from coast to coast. Georgette is the former Director of Meetings for the American Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology (ASTRO) in Fairfax, Virginia, and Senior Project Manager for the William H. Natcher Conference Center at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland.

In the early 1990’s Georgette began her career as the Director of Convention Services for the National Congress of American Indians in Washington, D.C. During her tenure there she was assigned as the White House Logistical Coordinator representing NCAI for the historic meeting between President Bill Clinton and all 545 Tribal Leaders at the White House on April 29, 1994.

Georgette is a former member of the Tampa Bay Area Chapter and the Oklahoma Chapter of Meetings Professional International, has served on the Membership Committee and Nominations Committee and was elected Vice President of Education. She has also served on the Meetings Professional International Research Advisory Panel from 2006-2009. Georgette was named “Meeting Professional to Watch in 2009” by Conventions South Magazine. She was recently certified by First Nations Oweesta as a Financial Education Trainer.

Georgette graduated from the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma with a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications. She attended the Eli Broad Graduate School of Management, the School of Hospitality Business at Michigan State University where she completed her Certification in Meeting Management. Georgette is a member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma and has Choctaw descent. She resides in Cooper City, Florida with her Chihuahua “Paco”.

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