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

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Application for Inno-NATIONS

First Innovations Tribal Business Community Training 

Inno-NATIONS is now accepting applications for the First Innovations Tribal Community Entrepreneurial BusinessTraining Cohort to be hosted June 22-24, 2017 in Phoenix, Az.

If you are accepted to the training you can expect the following:

  • 3-day intensive training
  • Monthly mastermind program for 6 months (including coaching, training, and check-ins)
  • Program graduation

If you are accepted to the Cohort you will automatically be considered for a scholarship to offset the costs.


Day 1: Thursday, June 22 from 4-8 pm

  • Welcome
  • Introductions
  • A series of "Ted"-style talks
  • Business "storytelling"
  • Reception

Day 2: Friday, June 23 from 8-5 pm

  • "Reservation Capitalism, "Innovation, Social Entrepreneurship, and traditional entrepreneurship
  • Lean Growth Business Model Canvas
  • Mission Vision Values
  • Concept Design
  • Branding and Marketing

Day 3: Saturday, June 24 from 8-5

  • Tribal business structures
  • Financial Tools
  • Strategic Planning 


For questions about the application or the application process, contact us at or 480-965-1055.