ILA Blog Posts

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 Studies, and Public Health. Over the past two...

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. 

Additionally, much of the heavy-lift was done by Kristen Talbert in the last...

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 your roadmap to completing those goals. Leadership will always have...

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 forward. 

By conducting pre-and post-assessment as a part of evaluating your plan, you can get a more clear picture of...

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 to follow through. 

Here are a couple of things you can do to ensure that...

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 that afternoon, she was sightseeing and posting on her social media. How was she able to jump back on track...

 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 conferences and were interviewed...

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. 

Being that we are now in November, which is recognized as Native American Heritage Month, the Labriola National American Indian Data Center (Labriola Center) student archivist, Elizabeth Quiroga, and I decided this reading list would focus on Indigenous policy, politics, and activism. This list was very hard to narrow down. We tried to stick to the same criteria that no book is more than $40 (US) and all books can be found at the Arizona...

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. 

When I was thinking of how to formulate the ILA blog, the idea of a leadership toolkit came to mind. I had the intention of creating a space where I would share lessons I’ve learned and how these lessons could be applied to a business sense both within and outside of an Indigenous perspective. I will continue to write about the leadership toolkit and what I think is important for you to know and why. In...

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 to hear? Nowhere in my Indigenous upbringing was I allowed to speak highly about myself...

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