About AIPI

AIPI acknowledges that ASU sits on the ancestral homelands of those American Indian tribes that have inhabited this land for centuries, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) peoples. We also acknowledge and pay respect to Indigenous elders – past, present, and future – who have stewarded this land throughout the generations.

Research and Policy Analysis

AIPI is a non-teaching research institute with a primary focus on public policy analysis and research. We are working at the intersection of Tribal policy, advocacy, and research. Our expertise is in Tribal telecommunications, communications, broadband, digital inclusion, technology for language retention, and technology as the backbone for community and economic development, and communications technology. We disseminate our work via policy briefs, newsletters, lectures, conference presentations, blog posts, and white papers.

Capacity Building

AIPI is known for our Indigenous Leadership Academy, the Thought Leaders Fellowship Program, and the long-running Tribal Financial Managers Certificate Program or TFMC (and partnership with NAFOA),  and for our award-winning entrepreneurship classes, which serve as the foundation for Inno-NATIONS the first urban tribal business accelerator in the nation. 

Community Engagement

Community and economic development are vital to Indian Country. We support Native nation-building as an exercise of sovereignty by tribal nations. We work with tribal communities, tribal organizations, and organizations serving tribes.