About AIPI

AIPI acknowledges that ASU sits on the ancestral homelands of those American Indian tribes that have inhabited this land for centuries, including the Akimel O’odham (Pima) and Pee Posh (Maricopa) peoples. We also acknowledge and pay respect to Indigenous elders – past, present, and future – who have stewarded this land throughout the generations.

The American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI), a college-level unit within ASU’s Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, focuses on building strong ties to Indigenous urban and rural governments and communities through emerging trends and tribally driven innovative democratic practices. Recognizing the tremendous potential of AIPI in working with tribal communities to develop tribally driven solutions for a broad range of issues facing Indian Country today, Dr. Morris expanded the vision of AIPI to that of a national-level think-tank institute inclusive of a community advisory board that includes tribal leaders and meets regularly.

AIPI’s focus areas include:

  • Digital equity and inclusion

  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Peoples

  • Sovereignty Project