Emerging Leaders Seminar 2023

Emerging Leaders Seminar 2023

A 2-day training for newly-elected leaders of Native nations

AUG. 29 & 30, 2023 at the Talking Stick Resort


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Understanding the realities of tribal governance and the critical roles that leaders play in ensuring that their nations govern effectively are critical to Native nation (re)building and “strengthening Indigenous governance,” the mission of the Native Nation Institute (NNI) at the University of Arizona.

New, prospective, and veteran leaders will receive practical knowledge and tools to help them meet the fundamental challenges of leadership, from developing the nation's political and legal infrastructures to mobilizing their constituents to play an active role in building a strong, sustainable nation. Specialized, intensive sessions on key governance topics will prepare seminar participants to begin the process of building their personal blueprints for leadership success.

Recognizing that there’s no formal training program for Indigenous leaders, the Native Nations Institute is once again hosting an open executive education seminar on Aug. 29-30, 2023, in Phoenix, AZ. The Emerging Leaders seminar will feature short lectures, case studies, and guest speakers providing practical advice/information to help prepare tribal leaders -- and those who aspire to senior governmental positions -- to assume the responsibilities of leadership to strengthen Indigenous governance.


Laurena Bolden

LAURENA BOLDEN (San Manuel Band of Mission Indians)

Second Governing Council Member & Culture Pillar Co-Lead, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians



• The Research Findings: Why Are Some Native Nations More Successful Than Others?
• Strategic Direction: Where Are You Going?
• Strengthening Indigenous Governance: Assessment, Solutions, Implementation and Sustainability
• What I Wish I Knew Before I Took Office: Perspectives from Tribal Leaders
• Rebuilding Native Nations: What Leaders Do
• Being an Effective Council Member and Building an Effective Governing Body
• Federal Indian Law 101: Understanding How the Law has Shaped Tribal Relationships
• Understanding Your Fiduciary Responsibilities
• Engaging the Nation’s Citizens and Effecting Change: Stories from Indian Country


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Please join us at the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community’s Talking Stick Resort.

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Reservations can be made directly with the resort. No reservation code or room block code needed!
Other lodging available on the SRPMIC and in the Scottsdale area.



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The Emerging Leaders Seminar is made possible in part by generous support from the Udall Foundation and the Bush Foundation.