Data are not a foreign concept in the Indigenous world. Indigenous peoples “have always been data creators, data users, and data stewards. Data were and are embedded in Indigenous instructional practices and cultural principles” - Dr. Stephanie Russo Carroll

Concerned by the current state of the data available for tribal and community decision making--including census, health, social services, and environment--and by Native nation’s limited control over their data, NNI researchers and a network of colleagues and collaborators are addressing the need for tribes to drive their data agendas through practicing Indigenous data sovereignty and governing their information. Indigenous data sovereignty is the right of a nation to govern the collection, ownership, and application of its own data. It derives from tribes' inherent right to govern their peoples, lands, and resources.


Presentations & Podcasts:

Transforming Bid Data for Indigenous Futures: The CARE Principles for Indigenous Data Governance


Learn more about this work at our Collaboratory for Indigenous Data Governance website


NNI Staff

Stephanie Russo Carroll

NNI Associate Director and Manager, Tribal Health Program

Andrew Martinez

NNI Research Specialist

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