Constitutional making and remaking... these topics are critical to Native nation (re)building and “strengthening Indigenous governance,” the mission of the Native Nation Institute (NNI) at the University of Arizona.
Recognizing that many Native nations are faced with pressing challenges related to their constitutional foundations, we are hosting an executive education seminar on constitutions on Sept. 19 – 20, 2022, in Phoenix, AZ. The event will feature tribal leaders, scholars, and practitioners from across the U.S. – all in effort to provide participants with a diversity of perspectives and experiences on the best practices for strengthening tribal constitutions. The event will provide space for conversation with tribal leaders and experts on the importance of governmental foundations, and their impacts on Native nations.
The seminar is designed to equip leaders, and other decision makers with the knowledge and tools necessary for assessing their systems of governance. Participants will then explore analytical frameworks for evaluating community needs, strategies for strengthening governmental foundations, and follow up steps to ensure the long-term sustainability of tribal constitutional refinement efforts. Throughout the two-day event, Native leaders and other governance experts will share their knowledge and experience, while allowing participants ample opportunity to ask questions, collaborate with colleagues from other Native nations, and enjoy catered meals from the desert southwest.
- What is a constitution?
- What kind of constitution do we need?
- How do we make change happen?
- How do we live with our new constitution?
Full agenda with guest speakers coming soon.
Registration Fee of $350 Includes:
- 2 full breakfasts & lunches at the resort
- 2 full days of training & discussion
- Discount on rooms at the Grand Sheraton at the Wild Horse Pass Resort
- A copy of "Structuring Sovereignty: Constitutions of Native Nations" book
We hope that you will join us! Participation is limited.