Non-Resident Tribal Citizens

The issue of residence is particularly important for Indigenous peoples, many of whom live away from tribal lands while yearning for a more meaningful engagement with their Native nations. NNI researchers and collaborators are committed to developing a broader understanding of the values, experiences, and social dynamics of non-resident Indigenous populations.

Research papers and other communications are developed toward several goals:

  • Advancing theory on the interplay of residence, community development, and Indigeneity
  • Producing applied research reports written in plain language, aimed at sparking robust conversations about residence within Indigenous communities.
  • Connecting and exchanging with others who are thinking deeply about this issue.
  • Recording and sharing the creative and effective strategies Indigenous nations are crafting around the issue of Indigenous non-residence.

Schultz, Jennifer Lee, Stephanie Carroll Rainie, and Rachel Rose Starks. June 30,2015. Native Nations Institute Report. Residence, Community Engagement, and Citizenship: How do non-resident tribal citizens connect with Native nations? pp 1-40.

Print interview by Lee Allen, featured on the front page of Indian Country Today Media Network’s website: How Can Tribes Relate to Off-Reservation Citizens Better? Study Aims to Help. July 28, 2015.

To learn more about NNI’s work in this area, please contact:

Stephanie Carroll Rainie

Assistant Professor, Public Health Policy and Management, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health Assistant Research Professor, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy
Co-Founder, US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network (
Associate Director, Native Nations Institute
Co-Director, Center for Indigenous Environmental Health Research (

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