Native Nations Institute and its partner, the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) at the University of Arizona James E. Rogers College of Law, are excited to announce the newly offered Master of Professional Studies (MPS) in Indigenous Governance. The MPS in Indigenous Governance is part of the university's Native American Advancement Initiative and provides a long-awaited opportunity for intensive onsite and distance learning. There also are options for students to pursue a for-credit graduate certificate, earn a not-for-credit continuing education certificate, or enroll in one or more individual three-day courses.
Across Indigenous communities worldwide, there has been a growing demand for Indigenous governance education that leads to a degree or academic credentials. The Indigenous Governance Program (IGP) and NNI have answered that call. Tory Fodder (Taos Pueblo), IGP Manager, shared, "We really wanted to address the needs of Indigenous working professionals who might desire an academic degree or credential in their chosen career path. We recognized that it was important to design a flexible academic program, and that allowed them to pursue their educational goals in a way that made sense to them, and that was consistent with their cultural, tribal, and family obligations."
One of the most exciting features of the MPS in Indigenous Governance is the opportunity for international exchange and engagement with partners such as the University of Technology Sydney and Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, British Columbia (among others). Another is the option to earn credit for experiential learning in a student’s home community. The first cohort in this dynamic degree will enter the program in January 2020. We are actively looking for candidates to apply to the program.