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.


ILA Participant Testimonial

AIPI Indigenous Leadership Academy

In 2012 and 2013, the American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) at ASU worked on the Tribal Indicators Project, which sought to carefully analyze and better understand the applied uses of U.S. Census data with American Indian Studies and the Center for Population Dynamics.

The Census/ACS Analysis project was a collaboration between the ASU American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI), the Center for Population Dynamics (CePoD), American Indian Studies (AIS), and tribal stakeholders to research and analyze population data concerning American Indians. The goal of the collaboration was to gather and analyze this important but poorly understood data, present the information, and increase the capacity of Indian Country by providing apprenticeships for students and training for tribal staff.

The  Tribal Indicators Project was undertaken at the request of tribal leaders and managers who asked for innovative tools to assist them in determining long-term goals for sustaining their communities. At the time of the Project, Tribes were looking at ways to measure progress towards goals to assist with governmental decision-making. The needed foundation of this effort was for tribal governments to have meaningful and accurate data.