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.

Traci Morris blog
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Traci Morris
Executive Director

Afammi Himitta' Ayokpa (Happy New Year). We all hope this will be a better year than 2020. Yet, we cannot overlook the good work that took place in 2020, despite the dire circumstances. At AIPI, it was a very productive year and our staff rose to the occasion and produced high-quality work that served tribes. Watch for our forthcoming Annual Report to learn more about our work in 2020.

As we welcome two new staff members and hire two additional staff members, our work pace will continue at its fast pace. Late in 2020; the new stimulus act passed into law contained substantive provisions for Native Nations. We'll be...

Deb Haaland
Today, President-elect Joe Biden made history in nominating New Mexico Congresswoman Deb Haaland for Secretary of the Interior. This Cabinet-level agency of the U.S. Government oversees and manages most federal lands and natural and cultural resources and administers Native American programs, including the Bureau of Indian Affairs and the Bureau of Indian Education, among others. Haaland is the first Indigenous person nominated for a cabinet-level position.
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Erin Granillo-Walker
Barrett Honors Intern

The 2020 elections featured the highest number of ballots cast in American history and was a landmark election for Indigenous representation at the Federal and State levels. In 2018 , the first Native American women were elected to Congress as Representatives Deb Haaland (D-NM-1), and Sharice Davids (D-KS-3) were elected alongside incumbent Representatives Markwayne Mullin (R-OK-2) and Tom Cole (R-OK-4). In 2020 , the number of Indigenous representatives increased again as six candidates successfully won their federal elections , including Congressman-elect Kai Kahele (D-HI-2) and Congresswoman-elect Yvette Herrell (R-NM-2).

New Mexico’s three-member...

AIPI Blog Top Banner - Ittifatpoli - November 2020 - blog
Traci Morris blog
Posted by
Traci Morris
executive director, American Indian Policy Institute

Nannakya ilánchi. Everything is changing. Everything has changed . The election is over, and as we struggle with how we as a nation go forward, not back, our communities need compassion, and they need leadership. And as we continue as a nation to struggle with COVID as new infections surge, this winter promises to be as bad as or worse than the summer. This virus has changed everything about our lives. Whether we like it or not, we are not going back to the world as we knew it. But let me tell you why I am looking forward. Many changes are happening in government and...

Wednesday, November 4, 2020

Native American Heritage Month was declared in 1990 by George H.W. Bush via Joint resolution designating November 1990 National American Indian Heritage Month. Similar proclamations have been issued annually each year since 1994. You can learn more about this and view a comprehensive inventory of Public Laws, Presidential Proclamations, and congressional resolutions related to Native American Heritage Month here . As AIPI is located in Arizona, the State Proclamation of Native American Heritage Month is here . Every year the Census puts out revised demographics for NAHM. Find them here . If you want more information about Native American...

Google Plus Codes - blog
Posted by
Brian Howard
Policy and Research Analyst

In a recent blog post , Google highlighted the work it has done with the Navajo Nation to adopt Google Plus Codes as an alternative to typical physical and mailing address options. In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Navajo Nation has utilized Plus Codes to map community Wi-Fi hot spots, food distribution and COVID-19 aide locations, and has partnered with shipping companies for the delivery of essential products and goods.

For many tribes, providing accurate physical and mailing addresses to homes and other buildings can be a major challenge due to geographical obstacles and infrastructure limitations. While some homes, businesses,...

AIPI Blog Top Banner - Ittifatpoli - November 2020 - blog
Traci Morris blog
Posted by
Traci Morris
AIPI Executive Director

"This country was founded on genocide and slavery.” W. Kamau Bell got straight to the point when he offered this pointedly accurate assessment of American history during a conversation hosted at ASU to kick off the semester. The event was intended to bring discussions on racism to the forefront of students’ consciousness. It is a harsh statement, but it’s true. And if Americans don’t learn American history—warts and all—we are doomed to repeat it. Already, evidence that we are on an unfortunate trajectory was presented in a staggering story published last month, which showed that two-thirds of Millennials and GenZ are unaware that 6 million...

Census Bureau Deadlines Extended - blog
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Posted by
Mikhail Sundust
AIPI Communications Policy Program Coordinator

Yesterday, a federal district court judge ruled in National Urban League et al. v. Wilbur L. Ross Jr. et al in favor of the plaintiffs, that the U.S. Census Bureau must continue its data collection operations through its previously established deadline of October 31. In addition, the Census Bureau has been relieved of its December 31 deadline to generate a report for apportionment for the president, which gives the bureau the time it needs to conduct a complete count.

Indian Country has responded favorably to the decision. American Indians and Alaska Natives have historically been the most undercounted populations in Census enumeration. A review...

Vote-by-Mail is an Important Voting Method
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Posted by
Coby Klar
AIPI Graduate Policy Assistant

This year, with the nation living under the shadow of a pandemic, and an expectation that COVID-19 will continue to be a presence well into the fall, officials are scrambling to ensure the November 2020 general election proceeds smoothly and safely. However, it has been widely reported that recent actions taken by the Trump Administration seem to undermine the capacity of the United States Postal Service (USPS), the agency entrusted to handle vote-by-mail (VBM) operations. In fact, the President confirmed that his efforts to dismantle the USPS are intended to hinder the Postal Service’s ability to sort and count ballots ahead of the election in...

Friday, August 14, 2020
Use This Map of Free Public Wi-Fi-3
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Posted by
Mikhail Sundust
AIPI Communications Policy Program Coordinator

Arizona State University is committed to serving its Indigenous students, especially in uncertain times, such as these. We know that Indigenous students are less likely than their peers to have adequate internet access at home, which makes online learning extremely difficult if not impossible. Earlier this year, we published a policy brief that outlined the challenges students face and listed public policy decisions that can bring about change for the good. As an institution of higher education, ASU has a responsibility to be socially embedded and transform society, aiming to effectuate positive change for the communities and peoples it serves.

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COVID Documents

5-14-2020: PDF icon Summary of HEROS Act

5-14-2020: PDF icon Tribal Provisions in HEROS Act

5-13-2020: HEROS Act HR6433

5-12-2020: HR 6819-116th Congress PDF icon Spectrum Over Tribal Lands Bill

5-11-2020: Tribal Organizations PDF icon COVID-19 Infrastructure Recovery Legislative Proposal (Phase #4)

5-6-2020: Congressional Native American Caucus: PDF icon COVID-19 House Emergency Package for Fourth Appropriations Supplement 

5-5-2020: PDF icon White House Response and Support to Indian Country COVID-19

5-5-2020: Urban Indian Health CoalitionPDF icon Best Practices for American Indian and Alaska Native Data Collection

4-29-2020: NCAI Policy Research Center: PDF icon COVID-19 Data-Situation Summary

4-21-2020: Edmond J. Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard University: Roadmap to Pandemic To Resilience

4-14-2020: Center on Budget and Policy Priorities: States Need Significantly More Fiscal Relief to Slow the Emerging Deep Recession (includes analysis  on the needs of tribal governments)

4-10-2020: Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development: Letter to Treasury