The Native Nations Institute (NNI) provides a range of research-based educational services to meet the needs of Native Nations, Indigenous leaders, policy-makers, and individuals interested in a better understanding of Indigenous governance and similar concepts. One way NNI delivers these services is through the Indigenous Governance Programs (IGP), a collaborative effort with the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona’s James E. Rogers College of Law.
Each year, the IGP hosts a three-week session known as January in Tucson that consists of nine courses, including Native Economic Development, Evidence for Indigenous Governance Principles, Constitutions of Indigenous Nations, Comparative Indigenous Governance, and Making Change Happen. The program has two-tracks—one for individuals seeking UA graduate-level credit for courses taught on Indigenous governance; the other, largely the same curriculum, for individuals interested in personal or professional development without the need for a UA transcript.
Now in its fourth year, the 2016 January in Tucson program attracted nearly 50 participants representing 14 U.S. Native Nations as well as six other countries. Scroll through the slides above to meet some of the participants and see what they had to say about the program.