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Indigenous Leadership Academy

ILA Participant Testimonial

ILA Program Sponsors

Thanks to our generous sponsor APS who has given seed money two years in a row to fund this program and the Arizona Tribal residents that attend.

The American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) signature program Indigenous Leadership Academy works with emerging Indigenous leaders from throughout Arizona and nationally to expand their knowledge, skills, and networks to address long-term issues faced by Indigenous governments, communities, associations, and corporations. The program will inspire and motivate participants to execute strategies and lead change. There is no comparable program in the Nation.


Upon completing this program, participants will be able to:

●      Demonstrate an understanding of effective leadership practices that are contextually situated and culturally framed;

●      Analyze and reflect on multiple case studies and models of Indigenous leadership;

●      Utilize data and leverage resources effectively; 

●      Improve communication and representation of self and community;

●      Examine strategies for facilitating collaborations, fostering partnerships, and building consensus; 

●      Design personalized leadership and project/program action plans.

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What is the Indigenous Leadership Academy

The ILA is the first program inclusive of indigenous leadership principles within an IDEA landscape. The differentiating factor for this program is that it is not for just Tribal leaders, it's for emerging Indigenous leaders in Arizona and nationally. The ILA program started in January 2022 with seed funding from Arizona Public Service (APS). By collaborating with APS, various schools at ASU, and professors, we created a brand and curriculum that attracted emerging Indigenous and community leaders from Arizona and nationwide.  This signature program is committed to building the next generation of Tribal leaders.


ILA General Info

Eligibility Criteria:

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Must be committed to attending all 10 meetings (January 2023 - April 2023)
  • Must have adequate internet for Zoom 
  • Must commit to all required work for the cohort
  • Must reside within the United States (US Residents Only)
  • Must have an understanding of tribal sovereignty and tribal communities in the United States
  • Must be age 21 or over
  • Is interested in being an emerging leader in Indian country
  • Must have a desire to positively impact your home community
  • Must have a project in mind that will benefit Indian country
  • Must be willing to expand knowledge, skills, and network
  • Must be excited to work with a diverse group of people
  • Someone who has a can-do attitude
  • Must have a desire to solve an issue

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Evidence of a Bachelors degree, Evidence of an AA degree, or 5 years minimum of work experience


  • The cost is $1650 for the 10-week program
  • Scholarships are available and you're automatically considered upon application to ILA


  • ASU digital certification upon completion of all work requirements