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.

Thursday, January 26, 2023
Hummingbird and Policy update notice
Posted by
EJ John
Senior Policy Analyst

We at AIPI are excited to continue our work on tribally-driven research and policy solutions into 2023. One important part of work is researching and publishing our monthly policy update, and we are currently developing a new quarterly format to present that information. Up until now, we have published a monthly comprehensive document covering a wide range of activity from Congress, federal agencies, and the Arizona legislature. Our new quarterly policy update will now cover a three month period, and will be designed to focus on important actions affecting Indian Country. The new quarterly format will apply to our federal, state, and federal register updates beginning in March 2023...

Thursday, January 26, 2023
Separate Profile Photo of Dr. Angela Gonzales and Shelly Lowe
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Program Manager

The Indigenous Leadership Academy (ILA) is set to begin this week. This cohort of participants represent 15 tribes from 10 states and Washington D.C. This is a benchmark for the ILA and we are excited to share our journey. The 10 module program is designed with guest speakers for each module. These guest speakers have expertise in their field which directly relates to each module. For module 1 we are delighted to have Dr. Angela Gonzales as our facilitator. She is also a Thought Leaders Fellow at the American Indian Policy Institute. Shelly Lowe is the Chair of ...

FCC National Broadband Map
Posted by
EJ John
Senior Policy Analyst

On November 18, 2022, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) released the pre-production draft of its new broadband availability map . This map gives an initial look into broadband availability nationwide. While this map is an improvement of earlier maps, there are still inaccuracies on Tribal lands. U.S. Senator Ben Ray Luján (D-N.M.), Chair of the Senate Subcommittee on Communications, Media and Broadband explained at a December, 2022 hearing that prior maps were so insufficient that they omitted entire communities. At the same hearing, there was concern that although the new map is...

ILA Blog Cover. Mountains in Monument Valley with text: SMART Goals
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Program Manager

The Indigenous Leadership Academy is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2023 cohort! What are you waiting for? Start your application today by clicking here .

For as long as I can remember, my sister and I would each have one New Year's resolution that we would tell each other and then we would promise to hold one another accountable. You can guess what happened next, we neither kept our resolutions nor held each other accountable. It was a good idea but with no action behind it, the resolution fizzled out quickly. If we would have known how to use SMART...

Tuesday, December 13, 2022
AIPI Executive Director Blog
Headshot Traci Morris
Posted by
Traci L. Morris, Ph.D
Executive Director

It’s the end of the year, and everyone (that I know because I’m of a certain generation) on social media is posting their Spotify Wrapped 2022 playlist. So as I started thinking about the end of the year for AIPI and being a music person, I naturally saw the correlation.

AIPI “Wrapped” will be thoroughly covered next month when we send our Annual Report, but how about some highlights. First, I am amazed at the productivity of our stellar team. We’ve published so many items and posted them to the website, I haven’t been able to count them all yet. I know there’s been 45 blog...

Tuesday, November 29, 2022
Indigenous Leadership Academy
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Program Manager

We have successfully completed the Fall 2022 cohort of the Indigenous Leadership Academy (ILA) ! The application for the Spring 2023 cohort will open on December 5, 2022. Follow along with AIPI for upcoming blogs, posts and everything else ILA.

In this blog post, I wanted to answer some questions I’ve gotten from people about the Indigenous Leadership Academy. If you are an Indigenous person who wants to be a contributor to your community you should apply to this academy!

When does the application open?

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ILA Blog- Gratitude
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Program Manager

We have successfully completed the Fall 2022 cohort of the Indigenous Leadership Academy (ILA) ! The application for the Spring 2023 cohort will open on December 5, 2022. Follow along with AIPI for upcoming blogs, posts and everything else ILA.

We are so appreciative of all our guest speakers for modules six through nine! These experts in their respective fields imparted their knowledge, shared their insights, and gave their time to the ILA. You can read more about each of our talented guest speakers below.

Module 6: Communicating...

Library Books with text, "FCC Tribal Libraries E-Rate Pilot Program"
Posted by
EJ John
Policy & Research Analyst

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) is now accepting applications for the Tribal Libraries E-Rate Pilot Program . This pilot program is designed to help new Tribal applicants apply for E-Rate support through one-on-one assistance, and also with ongoing support during invoicing and other post-commitment processes. Applications to apply to this program are due by Friday, November 18, 2022 .

This past year, Tribes and Tribal allies were successful in their advocacy to include Tribal libraries in E-Rate eligibility. The FCC adopted new rules on January 27, 2022 to clarify...

POLICY ALERT Indian Country Fights To Protect ICWA As Haaland v. Brackeen to be heard by SCOTUS on November 9, 2022
Posted by
Sadie Vermillion & AIPI Staff
Policy Research Assistant

POLICY ALERT:

Indian Country Fights To Protect ICWA: Haaland v. Brackeen to be heard by SCOTUS on November 9, 2022

Subject Matter

On November 9, 2022, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) will hear the alarming case, Haaland v. Brackeen . The questions of the case are (1) whether the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) interferes with a State’s power over adoptions and foster care and (2) whether the ICWA unfairly limits adoptions by parents who are not members of the Native child’s tribe. The case is alarming because of its potential to upend...

Black background, Picture of Dr. Colin Ben with text: Where are they now?
Posted by
Kristen Talbert
Indigenous Leadership Academy Program Manager

The American Indian Policy Institute’s Indigenous Leadership Academy (ILA) is currently running its second cohort! Sign up here to follow along and receive ILA updates.

Our second guest in the “where are they now” series is Dr. Colin Ben. During the Indigenous Leadership Academy, Colin always asked deep and thought-provoking questions. I’ve added his bio and some questions and answers; I asked about how ILA has impacted his life and what it’s like working in higher education.

Colin Ben is a citizen of the Navajo Nation originally...

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