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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...

The Indigenous Leadership Academy is currently accepting applications for the Spring 2023 cohort! What are you waiting for? Start your application today by clicking here

For as long as I can remember, my sister and I would each have one New Year's resolution that we would tell each other and then we would promise to hold one another accountable. You can guess what happened next, we neither kept our resolutions nor held each other accountable. It was a good idea but with no action behind it, the resolution fizzled out quickly. If we would have known how to use SMART goals, maybe our success rate would have been higher. SMART...

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 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...

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...

This is a repost of a previous blog. Networking is such an important piece of leadership and an integral part of the Indigineous Leadership Program. I thought it appropriate that it be shared again. Thank you for reading the Indigenous Leadership Academy blog. Please sign up for our email list here

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...

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.

I wanted to do a “where are they now?” series from the first ILA cohort for a while now. The first cohort was a learning curve for me and the cohort came with so many wonderful ideas and insights. I really enjoyed getting to know them and I wanted the rest of the world to know them too. 

Our first guest in this series is Mikah Carlos. She is a breath of fresh air and every time she speaks, a joke spills out. She is...

For 2022-2023, the American Indian Policy Institute is grateful to announce the renewal of the inaugural cohort of the Thought Leaders Fellowship Program (TLFP). This year’s cohort welcomes back three Faculty Affiliates, Denise Bates Ph.D., Angela Gonzales Ph.D., and  Stacy Leeds J.D.. “I am very impressed with the high-caliber cohort AIPI has created for our first Thought Leaders Fellowship Program," said AIPI Executive Director Traci Morris, Ph.D. "We are pleased to have them back and we look forward to further development and a continued collaborative learning environment where our research and knowledge is shared with and informed by Native communities.”  The fellowship cohort is both a...

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