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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.

Tuesday, October 5, 2021
Indigenous Leadership Academy
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Project Coordinator

The American Indian Policy Institute has launched the Indigenous Leadership Academy (ILA) application! The application is now live and will remain open until November 15, 2021. Click here to start the application process.

The one interview question that scares me the most, isn’t even a question. It’s, “Tell me about yourself.” I’ve prepared so many times for this “question” and yet I still get tongue-tied when it’s brought up. My mind immediately goes to, how much is too much to share? How much is too little to share? What do I think they want...

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Indigenous Leadership Academy Application is Live!!
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Project Coordinator

The American Indian Policy Institute has launched the Indigenous Leadership Academy (ILA) application! The application is now live and will remain open until November 15, 2021. Click here to start the application process.

The Indigenous Leadership Academy is now looking for emerging leaders who have an understanding of Tribal sovereignty and Tribal communities. The ideal applicant should look to expand their knowledge on issues involving Indigneous people and obtain the tools to positively impact their community. They must also be excited to work with a diverse group of people....

Tuesday, September 7, 2021
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Program Coordinator

The American Indian Policy Institute is creating an Indigenous Leadership Academy ! The application will go live in two weeks. Please join our mailing list to stay up to date here .

Have you ever spoken with someone and felt they weren’t listening to you? No matter what you said, they just wanted to respond as quickly as possible without trying to understand your viewpoint. Poor listening skills can be frustrating. That is why listening is an important tool in the leadership toolkit. It’s not always easy but once you...

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Wednesday, September 1, 2021
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
ILA Project Coordinator

The American Indian Policy Institute is creating an Indigenous Leadership Academy ! If you would like to stay connected with us sign up for our email list here .

When I was eleven years old my dad took me and my younger sister to a “Take Your Daughter to Work Day” at his company. When we arrived we were given name tags. Since I am right handed, I took the name tag and placed it over my heart on my left side. Initially, I didn’t think anything of my decision until one of my dad’s colleagues approached me with a valuable piece of advice. He...

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Tuesday, August 31, 2021
Posted by
EJ John
Policy & Research Analyst

This is an important reminder that the deadline for the Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program (TBCP) is coming up tomorrow, September 1 at 11:59 PM PDT. This is a statutory deadline and cannot be modified. The National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) held a TBCP webinar on August 24, 2021, in which they highlighted the following points:

  • Make sure that applications uploaded to grants.gov are submitted. You must go into the system and hit the submit button.

  • There may be a possibility for other forms of submission, but you must contact NTIA

  • ...
Indigenous Education Reading List 2021
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Program Coordinator

Have you heard? The American Indian Policy Institute is creating an Indigenous Leadership Academy . To stay in the loop, please sign up for our email list here .

Arizona State University recently started their Fall 2021 semester. With all the new school year excitement the Labriola National American Indian Data Center (Labriola Center) student archivist, Elizabeth Quiroga, and I decided that this reading list would focus on Indigenous education. We have children’s, young adult, and adult books on this reading list. Whenever possible,...

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Thursday, August 12, 2021
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Project Coordinator

The Indigenous Leadership Academy (ILA) is excited to announce the hiring of Dr. Denise Bates, PhD as the ILA Curriculum Writer! You can read more about Dr. Bates here .

Have you ever been given a responsibility that you felt was out of your depth? Did you apply to a program and thought, “now what?” as you waited to hear back from the program? Did you ever wish you had an extra set of eyes and someone to bounce next step ideas off of and gain their insights? If you answered “yes” to any of the above mentioned questions, mentorship is...

Traci Morris blog
Posted by
Dr. Traci Morris
AIPI Executive Director

Usually, summer is a slow time at the ASU campus. However, these last two summers have been quite the exception一not despite the pandemic, but because of it! Last summer we were locked down, working from our homes, and yet still determined to carry out our mission of serving Indian Country. During this time we worked on getting the word out on the 2.5 GHz Tribal Priority in Spectrum Licencing window in addition to authoring several policy briefs and sharing information. The pandemic shined a light on many things, but especially the ugly truth of just how disconnected Tribal lands are. During the pandemic, Tribes were like the canary in the...

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Wednesday, August 4, 2021
Posted by
H. Trostle
Research Professional

I mage Credit: Christopher Mitchell, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, for the Internet Society

Knowing how technology works on the ground is key to successful broadband policy and research. To increase my own knowledge to better serve Tribal Nations through AIPI’s work, I spent the July 4th weekend at the Tribal Wireless Bootcamp at Rantanen Ranch in Southern California. The bootcamp was a chance to learn firsthand how Tribes can deploy their own wireless internet networks.

The Tribal Wireless Bootcamp was funded by the Internet Society, and my role was to determine the replicability of the bootcamp. To gather more information and insight, AIPI is...

Posted by
Kristen Talbert
ILA Project Coordinator

The Indigenous Leadership Academy just hired a curriculum writer! More updates to follow. If you would like to stay connected with us, sign up for our email list here .

In my last blog post I discussed the importance of networking. In order to expand your leadership toolkit further, the next step is building relationships by following up and checking in with the connections you’ve made. It's an important and strategic part of networking that often gets overlooked due to its simplicity. It’s important to keep in mind that being a leader means that you have to know people and foster the relationships you’ve built...

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