Indigenous Leadership Academy

ILA Application

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The Indigenous Leadership Academy application for the inaugural cohort is now open. The total cost of the program will be $1250, if you apply you will be automatically considered for a scholarship up to $1000 to offset the cost. The Program will run from January 2022 through March 2022. The deadline to apply is November 15, 2021.

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 inaugural cohort is for Arizona residents only, however, we are hoping to have it open outside of Arizona in future cohorts. #NDNLed

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.  There is no comparable program in the Nation.

Tribal governments, communities, nonprofits, and tribal enterprises have challenges and objectives that differ from those of non-Indigenous entities.  Today’s emerging leaders must learn how to navigate the challenging environments facing tribal demands and changing landscapes.  Recent challenges stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic have exacerbated the need for new models of understanding the future of “Indigeneity” in leadership.  The ILA will provide program participants the opportunity to explore these issues and find ways to make a positive difference for Indigenous people here in urban and reservation communities.

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The Academy, based on a nonpartisan approach, strives to increase the number of Indigenous emerging leaders working together to bridge differences and build consensus on solutions that advance the quality of life for Indigenous people in Arizona and nationwide.  Emerging leaders will participate in structured programming designed to:

  • Inspire, motivate, and influence participants to learn how to execute strategies and lead change.
  • Provide unparalleled learning about public policy and critical thinking skills to act on the issues facing our tribal nations, state, and country.
  • Foster connections with top leaders in the state from industry and business to nonprofit and government.
  • Provide personalized mentoring and networking support for civic development.