International Nation Building
"When I think about nation building...it’s about empowering and organizing our people in a way that allows us to define our own destinies, to be in positions of decision-making and to set up our own government structures that support our own cultural foundations as a nation or as a community or tribal group but also how we actually put ourselves in a position to invest in our futures."
–Michelle Deshong (Kuku Yalanji and Butchulla Nations)
Self-determination, the exercise of sovereignty, and the interactions between Native nation look different across Indian Country. While there may be many differences, there is still opportunities for lessons learned and Indigenous driven policy development. These opportunities grow even furthers as we seek out examples of self-determination and sovereign actions outside of the United States. There remains much that we can learn from other Indigenous communities from outside of the US. Below we provide you with a few resources of what Native nation building, sovereignty, and self-determination look like from New Zealand, Australia, and Canada.