• Registration for January in Tucson Now Open

    14 Courses on Indigenous Governance, Law, and Policy



    Stephanie Carroll Rainie at NAISA for Indigenous Data Sovereignty and Mary Beth Jäger on the Indigenous Foods and Knowledges Network

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  • “January in Tucson [an NNI education program] participants should expect to be mesmerized, amazed, and motivated to take action.”

    “January in Tucson [an NNI education program] participants should expect to be mesmerized, amazed, and motivated to take action.”

    -Desirie Wilson, Administrative Officer, Red Lake Nation


    Shot on location at Ysleta Del Sur Pueblo, Spring 2018.

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  • "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

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

    - Stephen Cornell, Faculty Chair

  • "[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

September 18, 2018
The 6th National Conference on Education for Indigenous Peoples in Tongliao, Inner Mongolia, China, brought together representatives from 34 regional colleges interested in indigenous education. Native Nations Institute was the only international organization to present...
September 17, 2018
On October 9th-11th, NNI will hold the second Project Youth ACT (Agents of Change within Tribes) workshop. Last year, 11 indigenous youth from the greater Tucson area participated in the event designed to support advocacy efforts of indigenous high school students. This year,…
September 17, 2018
An Aboriginal Treaty Working Group from the state of Victoria in Australia met with Native Nations Institute (NNI) staff to discuss Indigenous nation building. Unlike the U.S., Canada, and New Zealand, Australia does not have treaties with Indigenous peoples. As part of its own…
September 14, 2018
Registration is now open for the Native Nations Institute’s January in Tucson (JIT) event. Now in its sixth year, JIT is hosted by the Indigenous Governance Program, a partnership between NNI and the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) at the University of Arizona,…
August 14, 2018
In July 2018, NNI Research Director Miriam Jorgensen, an inaugural member of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) Leadership Council, participated in two CICD-sponsored national meetings on trust land development and homeownership…