May 2017 Newsletter

May 10, 2017

May and June look to be exciting months here at AIPI. We've got several community professional development trainings we are hosting via the Tribal Economic Leadership (TEL) Program and our staff will be attending at least four conferences getting the word out about our programs, policy work, and research. 

We're finalizing the revised curriculum for Tribal Financial Management Certification (TFMC) training, part of the Tribal Economic Leadership (TEL) program that we host with the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA).  The training will be held in June at our ASU Tempe campus. Registration is now open for TFMC. 

We held information booths at the Native American Finance Officers Association's annual conference in San Francisco, CA, the ASU Pow-Wow in Tempe, AZ, and the Gathering of Nations Pow-Wow in Albuquerque, NM.


Inno-NATIONS Seeking Tribal Business Owners for Training Opportunity

Our Mission: Supporting native business owners and enterprises in building sustainable tribal economies through modernizing traditional trade networks.

Inno-NATIONS is now accepting applications for the First Innovations Tribal Community Entrepreneurial Business Training Cohort to be hosted June 22-24, 2017 in Phoenix, Az.

Indigenous business owners across the country are growing modern businesses in urban settings that honor tribal traditions, create sustainable communities and celebrate the diversity and beauty of native values. Inno-Nations invites established business owners to learn business skills to help you continue to grow and thrive. 

We are looking for tribal business owners who want to grow their business with their values, connect with tools that address the specific challenges that tribal businesses face and build a network of fellow tribal business owners.  

  • 3-day intensive training ( June 22, 23, 24) 
  • Monthly mastermind program for 6 months (including coaching, training, and check-ins)
  • Program graduation


Spring 2017 TFMC Registration Now Open

NAFOA's Orange Book


AIPI and NAFOA are pleased to announce the Spring 2017 Tribal Financial Management Certification (TFMC), which will be the first training to utilize NAFOA's new Financial Reporting and Information Guide for Tribal Governments and Enterprises or "the Orange Book." Participants will receive the textbook at no extra charge.

The Spring cohort will take place June 6-8, 2017, at Arizona State University's Memorial Union.



Tribal Financial Manager Certificate Training Features:

  • Principles of federal Indian law and its effect on tribal financial management
  • Government accounting standards and principles
  • Compliance with the new OMB Uniform Guidance
  • Self-determination, self-governance, financial compliance, and record keeping
  • Effects of federal, state, and tribal taxation on tribal financial management, including development of a revenue allocation plan
  • Best practices for internal controls and procurement policies
  • Key tools for developing and managing budgets
  • Emerging financial issues in Indian Country

Continuing Professional Education:

You can earn up to 20 Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credits through NAFOA. For more information, contact Sasha Pachito, TEL Program Manager at


AIPI Begins Tribal Technology Research

In April, the ASU Institutional Review Board approved a research proposal by the American Indian Policy Institute to conduct a survey to collect data for its Tribal Technology Assessment. The survey component of AIPI’s research focuses on collecting information from residents of tribal reservations in the lower 48 states to determine what type of Internet access currently exists, how people are accessing the Internet, what they are using the Internet for, and to identify possible barriers to Internet adoption.

We started to collect this information at the ASU Pow Wow in Tempe, AZ, on April 21-23, and recently at the Gathering of Nations Pow Wow in Albuquerque, NM, April 28-29. AIPI plans to conduct the survey during the Santa Fe Indian Market in August and may request to amend its research proposal to include visitation to other tribal gatherings across the country. The survey findings will be highlighted in a final report to be published by the end of the year to inform the general public and federal policy discussions about Internet access disparities, barriers, and applications for residents of tribal lands.

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Tribal Interior Budget Council | May 2-4, 2017  | Sponsored by Tribal/Interior Budget Council  | Washington Plaza, 10 Thomas Circle NW |  Washington, DC

ASU Indian Legal Program ILP-NALSA Graduation Reception  | May 9, 2017  | 4-7 pm   Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law  |  Beus Center for Law and Society  |  ASU Downtown Phoenix Campus   Phoenix, AZ

ASU American Indian Convocation  |  May 10, 2017  |  6pm  | Sponsored by ASU |  Grady Gammage Auditorium  | Tempe, AZ

Tribal Law Enforcement Executive Symposium: Breaking Down Tribal Jurisdictional Walls   May 10-11, 2017   Kah-Nee-Ta Resort  Warm Springs, OR

Tribal Financial Management Certification Training  |  June 6-8, 2017  | Sponsored by ASU AIPI and NAFOA  |  ASU Tempe Memorial Union  | Tempe, AZ

ASU Graduate Pathways: Road to Success Conference  |  June 6-7  |  Sponsored by American Indian Student Support Services |  ASU Tempe Campus

8th Annual NIHB National Tribal Public Health Summit  |  June 6-8, 2017  |  Sponsored by National Indian Health Board  |  Dena’ina Center   Anchorage, AK 

2017 Native American Student Advocacy Institute Conference  |   June 11-13, 2017   Sponsored by College Board Hyatt Regency Tamaya  |  Santa Ana Pueblo, NM

2017 National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Conference & Marketplace  June 12-15, 2017  Mohegan Sun  Uncasville, CT 

2017 Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum "Sovereign Infrastructure: Building Our Communities from Our Values"  June 14, 2017  Sponsored by the NCAI Policy Research Center  Mohegan Sun  Uncasville, CT 

Pipeline-to-Law Workshop   |  June 14-18, 2017   Sponsored by ASU Indian Legal program    University of Washington School of Law  Seattle, WA

Inno-NATIONS Tribal Business Training  |  June 22-24, 2017  |  Sponsored by ASU American Indian Policy Institute |  The Department   |  Phoenix, AZ


2017 National United National Indian Tribal Youth Conference | July 6-10, 2017 | Colorado Convention Center |  Denver, CO

NABI Foundation Basketball Tournament  | July 9-15, 2017 |  Sponsored by the Native American Basketball Invitational Foundation |  Ak-Chin Indian Community | Maricopa, AZ

Tribal Interior Budget Council | July 24-27, 2017 | Twin Arrows Navajo Casino Resort | Flagstaff, AZ

Protecting Our Land Arizona Indian Education Association Youth Summer Camp   | July 27-30, 2017 |   James 4-H Camp | Mingus Valley, Prescott, AZ