Policy Analysis and Research. Peoples around the world are working to invent new development strategies and governance tools that match their unique needs and contribute to maintaining their cultures. NNI's policy analysis and research efforts are intended to further these efforts and provide Indigenous groups with useful models ideas for nation building.
Executive Education. NNI sponsors training sessions in Native nation building designed for tribal leaders. Topics range from constitutional reform to government design, intergovernmental relations, and economic and community development.
Curriculum Development and Research Development. NNI's curriculum and educational resources unit develops materials for use in NNI executive education program; offers a distance-learning suite for tribes, tribal colleges, and others; has produced a variety of stand-alone audio and video resources; maintain the Indigenous Governance Database; and supports the overall educational efforts in Indigenous governance across the University.