• "Our [NNI] job is to provide people with the things they need to make positive change in Indian country."

    - Stephen Cornell, Faculty Chair

  • "Where are the models? What are other nations doing out there? We need to know if it's working and how we can use it."

    - Joan Timeche, Executive Director

  • "We often want a quick fix in our Native communities, but we need to remember that we live in complex societies. Change can take a while."

    - Rachel Rose Starks, Senior Researcher

  • "[NNI education programs] gives me insight in different ways of how to govern… with one goal in mind and that is to protect our land, protect our culture, and most of all, most importantly, protect our people."

    - Rosa J. Long, Cocopah Tribal Councilwoman, Cocopah Indian Tribe

Latest NNI News

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January 10, 2017
This position provides administrative support and assistance to the staff of the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy’s (UC) Native Nations Institute (NNI) for activities related to the Native Governance Center (NGC) Partnership.
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December 20, 2016
The Native Nations Institute produced a three-part educational video series called, “Water is Life” in honor of Native American Heritage Month. The video series brings a Native nation building perspective to the current conflict...
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December 20, 2016
The first Alaska Native Tribal Government Symposium—intended to build knowledge, understanding, and relationships for the advancement of tribal government in Alaska—convened on November 15-17, 2016 at Westmark Hotel in Fairbanks, Alaska.
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December 13, 2016
The Native Nations Institute (NNI) within the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy seeks candidates for a one-year appointment to the position of Research Analyst. At the direction of the Research Director, the Research Analyst will participate in designated research…
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November 29, 2016
NNI’s International Advisory Council (IAC) convened in Fort Yates, ND at the Prairie Knights Casino & Resort on October 21-22, 2016. The IAC, which meets twice a year, consists of current and past Native leaders, scholars, community leaders, administrators, and nonprofit…