• NNI launches brand new Constitutions Resource Center website!

    NNI launches brand new Constitutions Resource Center website!


  • "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

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  • "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

August 22, 2016
For several years, and often in collaboration with the Native Nations Institute (NNI), Ysleta del Sur Pueblo (YDSP) has been developing Tigua-appropriate strategies for addressing its governance challenges. As part of these efforts, NNI executive director Joan Timeche (Hopi),…
August 22, 2016
On June 23, 2016, NNI graduate research associate Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear (Northern Cheyenne) took part in the one-day Sihasin Summit: Reflecting on Research and Data Management in the Navajo Nation, convened at Diné College’s Shiprock, New Mexico campus. Jointly sponsored by the…
August 22, 2016
“We want to live in a tribal community where higher education is the norm and cultural identity is strong,” agreed Native student and teachers in the Center for Integrated Access Network (CIAN) Education Program. On July 14, 2016, through an introductory session on Native nation…
August 22, 2016
The Tohono O’odham Nation (TON) Legislative Council convened a Special Session on June 21, 2016 to better connect Tohono O’odham youth with the University of Arizona. The session was also open to the Tohono O’odham public and broadcast live on KOHN, the tribal radio station. The…
July 18, 2016
On June 3, 2016, NNI executive director Joan Timeche and outreach specialist/senior researcher Danielle Hiraldo, were in Washington, D.C. to provide a daylong program on Native nation rebuilding to the Udall Foundation Native American Congressional Interns.