AIPI Blog

Welcome to the ASU American Indian Policy Institute's Official Blog.  The purpose of this blog is to provide an immediate way to get vital information out to Tribal Nations, to provide a more interactive space for information to get out to those working with Native Nations and to provide a more personal space for stories related. This is an educational space. Therefore, all writing is done by AIPI staff, will be vetted by leadership, and will have links or documentation to support concepts, ideas, and topics. If you have any concerns or suggestions about the blog please contact us directly.

Friday, January 21, 2022
Indigenous Leadership Academy
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Program Coordinator

The Indigenous Leadership Academy (ILA) is delighted to announce the facilitator and guest speaker for the first class. Dr. Angela Gonzales, who is a Thought Leaders Fellow at the American Indian Policy Institute, will be the facilitator. Monica Nuvamsa will be the first guest speaker for ILA. You can read more about the facilitator and guest speaker below.

Angela Gonzales (Hopi) , is an Associate Professor in the School of Social Transformation and inaugural Fellow in the American Indian Policy Institute’s Thought Leaders Program at Arizona State University. As a community-engaged, interdisciplinary scholar, her research interests cut across and integrate the fields of Sociology, Indigenous...

Monday, January 17, 2022
Traci Morris blog
Posted by
Traci Morris
Executive Director

This update summarizes the very busy last two months of the year. November and December saw AIPI participating in multiple events with our expertise in broadband and digital equity with EJ a panelist at the 39th Annual Institute on Telecommunications Policy and Regulation and H a panelist at the NASIG Virtual 2021 Conference. Dr. Morris represented AIPI at the Aspen Data as Infrastructure Roundtable, National Academy of Public Administration 2021 conference , the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Center for Indian Country Development Research Summit as well as participated in a funder retreat with the Ford Foundation....

Posted by
EJ John
Policy & Research Analyst

Program Overview

The Emergency Broadband Benefit Program (EBB) is now the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) . The ACP replaced the EBB on December 31, 2021. An additional $14.2 billion was appropriated to the ACP to continue offering broadband service discounts and device reimbursements for qualifying households. The main changes to the program are:

  • The benefit amount will change from $50 to $30 a month on non-Tribal Lands

  • Households on qualifying Tribal Lands will still receive a monthly benefit of $75 a month

  • ...
Posted by
H. Trostle
Research Professional

As the Federal government transitions to the Affordable Connectivity Program, it is worth analyzing the impact of the Emergency Broadband Benefit Program. The Emergency Broadband Benefit program (EBB), established under the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2021 , began accepting applications on May 12, 2021. The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) created the program to establish greater accessibility to broadband internet by providing discounted broadband service as well as discounts on broadband enabled devices to qualifying low-income households. Broadband access arose as a top priority in the last two years and accessibility inequities across the nation were especially highlighted in the wake of the...

Tuesday, December 28, 2021
Indigenous Leadership Academy
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Program Coordinator

The Indigenous Leadership Academy blog is taking a hiatus for the month of January 2022. There are many exciting things to come and we are busy preparing for it all. Wishing you the best this holiday season!

The end of the year is a great time for reflection and intention. Reflecting on the past year’s accomplishments, what was done well, and what could have been done better can help you to see all that you have done. Setting intentions for the upcoming year and having goals and a vision in mind for what you want to accomplish will help start...

Tuesday, December 14, 2021
Indigenous Leadership Academy
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Program Coordinator

The American Indian Policy Institute is thrilled to announce the inaugural cohort of the Indigenous Leadership Academy ! You can read all about the cohort from our press release .

So you’ve made a plan and followed through on your plan. You’re done now, right? Wrong. There is one more vital step in this process; evaluation. Much like athletes that watch tape after a game, so should you after following through on your plan. Evaluation is an important tool for your leadership toolkit as it helps you to reflect and move...

Tuesday, November 30, 2021
Indigenous Leadership Academy
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Program Coordinator

The American Indian Policy Institute will announce the inaugural cohort of the Indigenous Leadership Academy soon. Stay tuned!

In a discussion about the last blog post, “If you fail to plan, you plan to fail.”, my colleague, Beth Santistevan, brought up the fact that follow-through is a necessary part of the next step in planning. She made an excellent point. I can think of so many times when I have great ideas and plans but little to no follow-through and those ideas and plans went nowhere. A tool for every leader’s toolkit is the ability...

White House Tribal Nations Summit Overview
Posted by
Sadie Vermillion
Policy Research Assistant

During this year's Native American Heritage Month, Tribal leaders and high-level White House Officials constructed discourse with respect to issues important in Indian Country. The 2021 Tribal Nations Summit (the Summit), hosted by the White House, was held on November 15 th and 16 th . This is the first time the Summit has taken place since 2016. The Summit presented a unique opportunity for nation-to-nation dialogue on support to Tribal communities to create opportunities, advance equity, and address new and long-standing challenges. Topics addressed included Infrastructure, Native languages, climate change and COVID-19. Several members of the...

Tuesday, November 16, 2021
ILA Blog If you fail to plan, you plan to fail
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Program Coordinator

The American Indian Policy Institute will soon announce the inaugural cohort of the Indigenous Leadership Academy ! Please join our mailing list to stay up to date here .

I was jolted awake at 2 am yesterday by my phone ringing. On the other end was my sister. She was traveling to Spain by airplane, fainted on the plane, broke her nose, and was calling me from the hospital. She was sad, and mostly disappointed that her plans had shifted. Luckily, there wasn’t anything healthwise wrong with her and by...

Monday, November 8, 2021
Newsletter 2021 November
Traci Morris blog
Posted by
Traci Morris
Executive Director

It was a whirlwind of a month at AIPI. It is exciting when we’re able to fulfill our mission of service to Indian Country as an Indigenous-led and staffed non-teaching research institute. It is exciting to be a part of the solution.

As subject matter experts on Tribal Digital Equity and Broadband in Indian Country, we are leading the dialogue and discourse in many arenas. My staff has been busy representing AIPI well. Our Policy Analyst EJ John and Policy Research Assistant Sadie Vermillion, lent a supportive hand to NCAI on broadband issues and participated in the Telecommunications and Technology Sub-Committee at the Annual Convention. They participated in...

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