Innovative capacity-building


What we do

Our vision is to expand the capacity of Indian Country economic development and growth by offering nationally recognized and accredited educational and professional development training for Tribes, Tribal members, and those entities and individuals working with tribal governments.

The AIPI is serving communities via innovative capacity-building initiatives including working with various partners both within and outside of ASU in Indian Country.  We contribute by providing professional development training opportunities for tribal leaders, tribal government professional staff, tribal members, tribal students, and governments to support the long-term economic sustainability of tribal nations and governments. 

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Indigenous Leadership Academy Spring 2024 Cohort

Indigenous Leadership Academy

AIPI is growing emerging Indigenous leaders to aid our communities. Feedback from our program participants and Tribal leaders supports AIPI’s philosophy that the ILA is more than just a local program-it is a national leadership program. AIPI has hosted five successful cohorts with one more in 2024. Participants unanimously agree one of the most valuable skills acquired increased confidence when presenting ideas in Indigenous and non-Indigenous spaces. The tools given at the ILA help lay the groundwork for participants to serve as community advocates to implement projects while using Indigenous thought and techniques derived from cultural frameworks that value connectedness and sustainability.