Tribal Constitutions: Rebuilding Native Governments Part of the Native Nations Institute Executive Education Seminar Series
April 3-4, 2013
NNI is pleased to offer an executive education seminar on Tribal Constitutions: Rebuilding Native Governments. This seminar is designed to assist Native nation leaders and key decision-makers in developing the governance tools needed to achieve their nations' strategic goals. Leaders and governance experts will share information and lessons that Native nations have learned from constitutional reform.
Rachel Starks presents on the innovative nation-building and business practices of the Mikisew Group of Companies, an enterprise of the Mikisew Cree First Nation in Alberta, Canada. The Banff Centre commissioned the research. Starks led the research effort and co-authored the associated report with Miriam Jorgensen.
Venue: Banff Symposium on Wise Practices in Indigenous Community Development, Alberta, September 13-16.
Stephanie Rainie presents, "Self Determination and American Indian Health Care: The Shift to Tribal Control." Rainie's co-authors are Stephen Cornell, Maura Grogan, Miriam Jorgensen, and Rachel Starks.
Venue: International Network of Indigenous Health Knowledge and Development Conference, Brisbane, Australia, September 24-28.
60 Minutes from Indian Country
U of A Campus, Tucson, Arizona
NNI is one of 5 sponsors of the series. For information on full 60 Minutes speakers' series, visit >
Online Database Indigenous Governance Database
NNI is pleased to announce the launch of the Indigenous Governance Database. The Database is an online resource center for Native nation leaders, key decision-makers, employees, citizens, and others who are in search of educational and informational resources about governance, nation building, leadership, sovereignty, and economic and community development in Indigenous country.
Developed with support from the Bush Foundation and the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation, the Database serves as a "one stop-shop" for learning about Native nation building. It features a comprehensive catalogue of text, video and audio resources accessible through a custom-built search engine, enabling visitors to find a variety of resources tailored to their specific topics of interest.
Distance-Learning Course Series on
Rebuilding Native Nations
Developed by NNI, the "Rebuilding Native Nations" distance-learning course series examines the critical governance and development challenges facing Native nations and surveys the breadth and diversity of Native nation-building efforts across Indian Country. Sharing lessons learned from more than two decades of community-based research by NNI and its sister organization the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, it explores what is working, what isn't, and why, as Native nations work to reclaim control over their own affairs and create vibrant futures of their own design.
Courses included in the series are:
• Constitutions, released July 2012, three modules.
• Justice Systems, released March 2012, three modules. Download Press Release
• Intergovernmental Relations, released November 2011, three modules.
• Economic Development, released October 2011, three modules.
• Rebuilding Native Nations, November 2010, first module.
Native Nations and U.S. Borders:
Challenges to Indigenous Culture, Citizenship, and Security.
Starks, Rachel Rose, Jen McCormack, and Stephen Cornell. 2011. Tucson, AZ: Udall Center Publications. 103 p. (book).
Provides an overview of the historical and contemporary effects of international borders on the Indigenous nations of the United States and reviews ways those nations have responded to border-related challenges.
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