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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.


Reauthorization of H.R. 7888 carries substantial implications for Tribal Sovereignty

April 17, 2024  /  EJ John

Earlier this month, H.R. 7888 was introduced to reauthorize the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act of 1978 (FISA). This bill includes an amendment…

Legislation  Indian Country


Explainer: BEAD Challenge Process: AZ BEAD Program Update

March 13, 2024  /  EJ John

On March 1, 2024, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) initiated Arizona’s challenge process as required by the Broadband Equity, Access, and…

Broadband  Indian Country  Digital Divide  Legislation  Sovereignty

Call to Action

Call to Action: Review Arizona’s Digital Equity Plan

January 17, 2024  /  EJ John

Last week, the Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) released a draft of the Arizona Digital Equity Plan. This plan gives an overview of Digital Equity…

Broadband  Digital Divide

Call to Action

ACP Update and Call to Action

January 11, 2024  /  EJ John

ACP Update and Call to Action 1-9-24 The Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) faces a critical juncture. In a letter sent out earlier this week,…

Broadband  Digital Divide

Capacity Building

Everything You Need to Know About ILA

November 16, 2023  /  Kristen Talbert

The application for the Spring 2024 cohort of the Indigenous Leadership Academy (ILA) will open on November 17, 2023, and will close on December 15,…

ILA  Leadership  NDNLed  Indian Country  Sovereignty

Capacity Building

ILA Expresses Gratitude For Fall 2023 Cohort

November 8, 2023  /  Kristen Talbert

We have successfully completed the Fall 2023 cohort of the Indigenous Leadership Academy (ILA)! The application for the Spring 2024 cohort will open…

Indian Country  ILA  NDNLed  Leadership  Sovereignty

Policy Solution

Policy Alert: Potential Impacts of a Federal Government Shutdown on Tribal Telecommunications

September 29, 2023  /  EJ John and Dr. Traci Morris

At this time, the United States government will likely shut down due to Congress not coming together to pass needed legislation through a continuing…

Congress  Legislation  Digital Divide  Indian Country  Broadband

Capacity Building

ILA Expresses Gratitude

September 25, 2023  /  Kristen Talbert

We are halfway through the Fall 2023 cohort of the Indigenous Leadership Academy (ILA)! We’ve had the honor of having very talented guest speakers…

ILA  Leadership  NDNLed  Indian Country


Ittifatpoli: Executive Director Update

September 11, 2023  /  Dr. Traci L. Morris

On August 21 through 22, 2023, I attended the Chickasaw Listening Conference in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. As a citizen who lives outside…

Indian Country  Governance  Sovereignty  Leadership