Indian Country Blog Posts

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 The National Endowment for the Humanities will be the first...

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 an improvement, it is still missing critical Tribal information. Therefore, the FCC’s new map challenge...

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 posts, 4 major policy briefs,...

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?

The application will open on December 1, 2022. You can apply here: https://bit.ly/NDNLed 

When does the application close?

The application will close on January 6, 2023 at 11:59...

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 Your Story and Exhibiting Professional Etiquette

Traci Morris, PhD. (Chickasaw) Dr. Morris, the executive director of the American Indian Policy (AIPI) Institute at Arizona...

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 that Tribal libraries would be eligible for E-Rate support. Now that Tribal libraries are eligible for the E-rate Program, the FCC...

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 the foundations of culture and Indian Law.

Background

Enacted in 1978, the Indian Child Welfare Act...

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 from Shiprock, New Mexico. He is an Assistant Research Professor and Lead of the Online Master of Arts in Indigenous Education in the...

We are halfway through the Fall 2022 cohort of the Indigenous Leadership Academy (ILA)! We’ve had the honor of having very talented guest speakers during each module. We are so appreciative of all our guest speakers for modules two through five. 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 the amazing guest speakers below. 

Module 2: Understanding Political and Economic Contexts in Indian Country; 

Robert Miller (Eastern Shawnee Tribe) is a professor at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University where he is also the Willard H. Pedrick Distinguished...

If you have not checked out what we’re up to lately, I encourage you to take a look. I’m so excited about what the AIPI team is accomplishing. About how they’ve grown and gelled as a team.  All you have to do is read about what’s going on with the Indigenous Leadership Academy’s second cohort of 27 emerging leaders from 15 tribal nations in 8 states and Washington, DC. Or take a look at our recent policy and research publications on a major Supreme Court Ruling and FCC Data Collection. Additionally, we’re working as part of the Indigneous Faculty Collective at Arizona State University on setting up a series of...

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