ILA Blog Posts

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...

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. The inaugural cohort is for Arizona residents only, however, we are hoping to have it open outside of Arizona...

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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 understand how to listen, communicating will become much easier. 

Recently I had an intense conversation with someone and there were professional...

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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 said, “If you are right...

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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, we link the books to the publisher and the Labriola Center, some of which are available through Open Stack.

Not all of the books are easy...

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 the answer. Mentorship is a wonderful tool to...

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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 with them in order to...

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Imagine this, you’re at a networking event and you don’t know anyone there. How do you feel? How do you create connections, seemingly, out of thin air? One fundamental piece of leadership is networking, and it is a necessary skill in every leader’s toolkit. There is an exercise called network mapping which can help you address your strengths and weaknesses. I thought I had a strong network here in Arizona, but after completing my own network mapping I learned that wasn’t...

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A passion of mine is reading. I have an ever growing list of books to read and if you suggest a book to me, I’ll add it to my list if I haven’t already read it. Because of that, I partnered with Alex Soto at the Labriola National American Indian Data Center (Labriola) at Arizona State University (ASU) Library to compile a list of ten books that we felt were important on the topic of Indigenous leadership. The parameters I set were...