Indigenous Leadership Academy

Spring 2023 Indigenous Leadership Academy Application Is Now Open!

The application for the Spring 2023 Indigenous Leadership Academy is now open. This third cohort for the Indigenous Leadership Academy is open to Arizona Tribal residents, as well as Tribal residents nationwide. There is no other leadership program like this in the country. The first two cohorts graduated 46 participants from 10 states representing 22 Tribal nations, 13 of which are located in Arizona. Applications will be open until January 6, 2023, at midnight MST. Spaces are limited, so apply now.

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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, its for emerging Indigenous leaders in Arizona and nationally. The initial ILA program started in January 2022 with seed funding from Arizona Public Service (APS). By collaborating with APS, and various schools at ASU and professors, we were able to create 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.

 The ILA has completed two cohort sessions as of November 2022.  The ILA program is now poised to build on the successful outcomes achieved to-date.  The integration of IDEA concepts to the existing programming will enable participants to view each topic through an added lens approach to understanding how anti-racist and anti-oppression can create inclusive environments for equity and access across a wide-range of topics.


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.


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AIPI Indigenous Leadership Academy


We support Tribal sovereignty through examination, exploration, and elevation of issues impacting communities and American Indian and Alaska Native peoples. 

The American Indian Policy Institute is an Indigenous-led and staffed research institute at Arizona State University whose work supports Tribal communities and Indigenous peoples nationwide. We do this by creating academic research focused on key issues in Indian Country, and by analyzing and developing policy solutions on the key issues of Indian Country, and with engagement and capacity-building programs within an ecosystem of lifelong learning.

AIPI’s expertise and focus is substantively on broadband technology and digital equity, with expertise in tribal telecommunications, communications policy, and newly emerging systems as they impact sovereign Tribal nations.


AIPI’s core commitment to Indian Country focuses on new directions and initiatives centered on sovereignty, community service, dedication to research and learning through public service, and supporting tribal communities and leaders in finding solutions while allowing AIPI to be part of the solution in shaping new strategies for Indian Country.


We strive to provide thought leadership on American Indian policy in order to enhance our local impact and social embeddedness in serving Native Nations. By providing progressive policy analysis, research, and executive education. We seek to elevate Native Nations in local, regional, national, and global communities while creating a dynamic dialogue through multiple communication modalities.