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As the new year approaches, the Native Nations Institute (NNI) is rapidly gearing up for January in Tucson (JIT) 2020. JIT is an intensive education session hosted by NNI’s Indigenous Governance Program (IGP) in partnership with the Indigenous Peoples’ Law and Policy Program at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law. It is designed for Tribal leaders or tribal professionals held over three weeks in January each year.
During the event, participants have the opportunity to take a variety of courses that fits their interests and schedule. The course offerings range from Native Economic Development to Indigenous Peoples’ Rights Under International Law. This year, IGP is excited to announce the release of three new courses to the IGP curriculum!
Professors Stephanie Russo Carroll (Ahtna) & Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear (Northern Cheyenne)This course explores codes, guidelines, policies, and processes across tribes, other governments, and institutions that govern and steward research with Indigenous Peoples, nations, and communities; the infrastructure, capacity, and capability required at these governments and institutions to support tribal sovereignty; and implications for other entities such as funders and publishers.
Professors Cheryl Ellenwood (Nez Perce) & Danielle Hiraldo (Lumbee Tribe of North Carolina)This course examines Indigenous organizations and Indigenous organizational concepts through the lens of Native Nation building. It seeks to discuss the role of community-based organizations (Indigenous-led and Indigenous-serving) as key stakeholders in the nation building process. Topics include: regional, national, and global perspective to Indigenous organizations (via networks and intermediaries) as socio-political actors within Indigenous communities that effectuate change.
Professors Torivio A. Fodder (Taos Pueblo) & Robert A. Joseph (Iwi: Tainui, Tuwharetoa, Kahungunu, Rangitane, Ngai Tahu)The course will review some of the key laws, policies, and legal principles that govern the administration of Indigenous natural resources in multiple jurisdictions from across the CANZUS states (Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States). Students will consider the relationship between Indigenous peoples and the environment and analyze some of the controversial areas of law and policy affecting Indigenous peoples.
IGP’s faculty literally wrote the book on “Native Nation Building”. This pioneering, research-based education has been firmly grounded on best practices within Indian Country. Given the international interest that JIT attracts, the result is more than just a series of classes on Indigenous topics. JIT courses not only convey important information backed by research, but they allow space for a crucial dialogue to occur between Indigenous peoples from all over the world. This conversation provides new perspectives to familiar challenges and helps to make JIT a truly unique educational experience.
NNI offers generous scholarship programs for tribal leaders and professionals. We also offer generous scholarship support for individuals, and discounts for multiple enrollments from one tribe or organization. Don’t let cost be a barrier to participating in JIT 2020. We hope to see you there.