Native Nations Institute

The Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI) was founded in 2001 by The University of Arizona and the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation as a self-determination, self-governance, and development resource for Native nations. It is housed at the university's Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.

Go to NNI website

NNI's mission is to assist in building capable Native nations that can effectively pursue and ultimately realize their own political, economic, and community development objectives. This effort, which we call nation building, is the central focus of NNI's programs.

Learn more about NNI: explore the topics below or visit their website.

Indigenous Governance Database
Offering free, online resources on tribal governance and tribal policy reform to account holders. >MORE

Policy Analysis and Research
Our research examines why and how some tribal nations have successful self-governance strategies. >MORE

Nation-Building Online Courses
Learn about the diversity of nation building efforts in Indian country. >MORE


803 East First Street
Tucson, AZ 85719-4831