Indigenous Leadership Academy

ILA Fall 2022 Cohort

Phoenix, Ariz. —The Indigenous Leadership Academy application for the Fall 2022 cohort is now open. Please click on the button below to get started. The total cost of the program will be $1200, if you apply you will be automatically considered for a scholarship up to $1000 to offset the cost. The Program will run from August 2022 through November 2022. Attendance is mandatory in this hybrid model. The first and last meeting will be in person and all Arizona State University safety protocols will be followed. The cohort is open to Arizona and non-Arizona residents. #NDNLed

 Apply for the Fall Cohort Here!

ILA Program Sponsors

Thanks to our generous sponsor APS who has given seed money two years in a row to fund this program.


The American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) is proud to announce the creation of the Indigenous Leadership Academy with support from Arizona Public Service. The goal of the Academy is to work with emerging Indigenous leaders from throughout Arizona by expanding their knowledge, skills, and networks to address long-term issues faced by Indigenous governments, communities, associations, and corporations, located within the state of Arizona. The program will inspire and motivate participants in how to execute strategies and lead change. There is no comparable program in the Nation.

Upon completing this program, participants will be able to:

●      Demonstrate an understanding of effective leadership practices that are contextually situated and culturally framed;

●      Analyze and reflect on multiple case studies and models of Indigenous leadership;

●      Utilize data and leverage resources effectively; 

●      Improve communication and representation of self and community;

●      Examine strategies for facilitating collaborations, fostering partnerships, and building consensus; 

●      Design personalized leadership and project/program action plans.

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The National Congress of the American Indians (NCAI) Mid-Year conference is taking place in person next week, June 12th-16th, in Anchorage, Alaska. This year’s theme, “Thinking Beyond Self-Determination”, will bring tribal leaders, NCAI members, Native youth, and partners from across Indian Country together to engage in establishing a new era of tribal governance and highlighting issues that are important to Indian communities. The Mid Year Conference Marketplace never disappoints with an average of 800 visitors and vendors from across the country. 

In conjunction with this year’s theme, our Executive Director, Traci Morris PhD. will introduce and moderate the Beyond Tribal Self-Determination Panel at the First General Assembly on Tuesday, June 14th....