January 2017 Newsletter

January 5, 2017

Greetings from AIPI DirectorDr. Traci Morris, AIPI Director

Afammi Himatta’ Ayokpa

Happy New Year!

We hope you’ve had a restful and enjoyable holiday season. With the new year upon us, we are all starting the process of setting goals and priorities. At AIPI, our main goal is sustainability.  Not just in the general sense, but we are dedicated to ensuring that we can sustain what we set out to do in service to Indian Country. 

With the support of a strong ASU infrastructure, a terrific staff, a great set of programs and program offerings, and an aggressive set of benchmarks for the 2017 year we hope to see you along the way. 


Dr. Traci Morris


Tribal Economic Leadership program

TEL Prepares for a Busy Spring and Summer

ASU Decision Theater NetworkFollowing our successful session last December of the Tribal Financial Manager Certification, the Tribal Economic Leadership program is now planning for the inaugural Leader-to-Leader Tribal Economic Governance Seminar in May 2017.

L2L, as Leader-to-Leader is also known, provides an intensive applied and innovative training in tribal economies, financial management, and decision-making targeted to tribal leaders. We will leverage the ASU Decision Theater Network to provide a collaborative and data-driven approach to decision making. It is the latest innovation that utilizes data analytics, visualization, and statistical modeling to train people in making important policy decisions in real time. DTN has been utilized by the AZ state government, local municipalities, and organizations to help analyze current challenges.  We're excited to offer this innovative, cross-disciplinary approach for tribal leaders.

The Tribal Financial Manager Certification training will also have another session, June 6-8, 2017 at the ASU Tempe campus. This three-day training continues to draw people from across the country to receive hands-on professional development in tribal finance, accounting, and budget management specific to Tribal nations. For more information on the Tribal Economic Leadership program, see our website at aipi.asu.edu\TEL.

Visit our booth at the upcoming Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day event at the Arizona State Capitol, January 11 to receive more information about our programs. 


Spring 2017 American Indian Entrepreneurship Course
Starts January 11

Entrepreneurship for American Indian Sustainability, offered through the American Indian Studies program and the School of Sustainability, is a weekly class starting January 11, 2017.  The three-credit class offers a low student-to-professor ratio and features guest speakers with valuable industry expertise.  Between the two schools, we are approaching the desired ratio of students with some room still available.  Anyone interested in developing their own business with a presence in Indian Country, or working with tribes to develop tribal businesses, is encouraged to enroll in this course.  The course will guide students through a process of business model generation and provide context and insight to business in Indian Country and beyond. For more information, contact Bartley Harris at bartley.harris@asu.edu or visit our website.


Stand Your Ground, CLE

January 23, 2017
2:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Beus Center for Law and Society – Great Hall
Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law
111 E. Taylor St.
Phoenix, AZ 85004

After over 10 years of Stand Your Ground laws, the data on the controversial self-defense law is in and the results are not very impressive. Stand Your Ground laws increase homicides, have no deterrent on serious crimes, result in racial disparities in the criminal justice system and impede law enforcement.  Those were some of the findings from a national study by the American Bar Association National Task Force on Stand Your Ground Laws, which released its report and recommendations in 2015.

Since the nation’s first Stand Your Ground legislation was signed into law in 2005, a total of 33 states now have similar laws, including Arizona. Stand Your Ground has changed the legal definition of self-defense because it eliminates the duty to retreat rule.

As sovereign nations, Tribes are uniquely positioned when it comes to pursuing gun regulation, both in scope and implementation.  While the Second Amendment does not apply to Tribes, federal law affects how Tribes can regulate gun control.  Further, Tribes should be aware of how state laws impact tribal citizens living, working, and traveling off-reservation.

This event will include a screening of the award-winning documentary “3 1/2 Minutes: 10 Bullets,” followed by a panel discussion regarding Stand Your Ground laws, including how Tribes and tribal members are affected by such laws, both on and off tribal land.

For more information, contact Jennifer.H.Williams@asu.edu or 480-7270. Visit the website for registration information at: http://conferences.asucollegeoflaw.com/standyourground.


22nd Annual Arizona Indian Nations and Tribes Legislative Day  January 11, 2017   Sponsored by Arizona Governor's Office on Tribal Relations  Arizona State Capitol  |  Phoenix, Arizona 

Arizona Tribal Health Policy Forum  January 12, 2017   Sponsored by Arizona Advisory Council on Indian Health Care  4041 N. Central Ave (Native Health)  |  Phoenix, Arizona 

2017 Presidential Transition Meeting for the New Administration  January 19, 2017  9:00am to 4:00pm  Hyatt Regency Crystal City 2799 Jefferson Davis Hwy, Arlington VA 22202  Regency AB Room  

American Indian Inaugural Celebration    January 19-22, 2017  Hyatt Regency Crystal City, VA

10th Annual William C. Canby Jr. Lecture: The Bears Ears National Monument--A breakthrough for Tribal-Federal Collaborative Management on Federal Public Lands January 19, 2017  4:30pm to 6:00pm Indian Legal Program,  Beus Center for Law & Society, Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law  Phoenix, AZ 

Native Nations Inaugural Ball  January 20, 2017  |  National Museum of the American Indian on the National Mall

Stand Your Ground in Indian Country CLE Workshop  January 23, 2017  |  Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law, Beus Center for Law and Society, Great Hall   Phoenix, AZ  

TSGAC/SGAC 1st Quarter Advisory Committee Meeting   January 24-26, 2017  Embassy Suites DC Convention Center Washington, D.C.

ASU RECHARGE Conference  | Sponsored by Access ASU and Office of American Indian Initiatives  January 25, 2017  |  ASU West  |  Glendale, AZ
UN Consultation on Participation of Indigenous Governments in UN Processes and Meetings  January 30-February 1, 2017 United Nations|  New York, NY
Sovereignty and E-Commerce Conference: Renovating and Reshaping the Borders of Indian Country  February 2-3, 2017  |  Sponsored by ASU Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law   |  Wildhorse Pass Hotel & Casino  |  Chandler AZ 

USET / USET SPF Impact Week  |  February 6-9, 2017  |  Sponsored by United South and Eastern Tribes, Inc.   |  Crystal Gateway Marriott  |  Arlington, VA 

2017 State of Indian Nations  |  February 13, 2017  |  Sponsored by National Congress of American Indians   |  Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave.  |  Washington, D.C.   

2017 Executive Council Winter Session  February 13-16, 2017  |  Sponsored by National Congress of American Indians   |  Capital Hilton  |  Washington, D.C.   

2017 Native Diabetes Prevention Conference  |  February 13-15, 2017  |  Sponsored by American Indian Institute at the University of Oklahoma   |  Hilton Phoenix/Mesa  |  Mesa, AZ  

Tribal Interior Budget Council   February 16, 2017  |  Sponsored by National Congress of American Indians   |  Capital Hilton  |  Washington, D.C.   

59th Annual Heard Museum Fair and Market    |  March 4-6, 2017  |  Sponsored by Heard Museum |  2301 North Central Avenue, Phoenix, AZ

National RES (Reservation Economic Summit) Las Vegas  |  March 13-16, 2017 | The Mirage, Las Vegas, NV

Tribal Interior Budget Council   March 21-23, 2017  |  Sponsored by National Congress of American Indians   |  Washington Plaza  |  Washington, D.C.

Women of Color STEM Entrepreneurship Conference  March 23-25, 2017  |  Sponsored by the ASU Center for Gender Equity in Science & Technology  |  Gateway Communtiy College |  Phoenix, AZ

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