Future Native Nation Builders

Future Native Nation Builders

A FREE 2-day seminar on how tribal governments work and how to get involved in running your nation





We believe that college students are already making powerful contributions to their Native nations and communities. No matter your current level of engagement, you can boost your ability to make positive change!

Make an impact by:

studying the Standard Approach & Native Nation Building Approach to development
meeting with tribal leaders and hearing their stories
learning from real-life scenarios and case studies of Indigenous peoples
developing an action plan to implement throughout the year

Join the Native Nations Institute for a FREE one-and-a-half-day seminar to explore and share ideas on how students can impact their tribal communities and tribal governments. 

Part 1

Students complete our FREE online course "Introduction to Rebuilding Native Nations" ($250 value). 

Part 2

Students attend a 1.5-day seminar in Tucson where Indigenous students further their understanding of Native Nation building and identify ways in which their degrees and skills will contribute to their tribal communities’ nation-building efforts. Note: While an in-person event is desired, this may be held in a hybrid or virtual mode. 

Part 3

Two follow-up online seminars/meetings with the students will be provided on Nation Building topics and to check on the progress of their action plans.

Part 4

At the end of the semester, each student will virtually present their finalized action plan. 


NNI works with each of the three state universities to arrange transportation to the seminar in Tucson, all others are responsible for their transportation to Tucson.  


Double-occupancy lodging will be provided for students who do not live in Tucson. 


Students will be responsible for their meals enroute; however, dinner, breakfast and lunch will be provided at the event. 


  • Be an enrolled citizen of a U.S. federal or state-recognized tribe. 

  • Be currently enrolled full-time as an undergraduate degree-seeking student in an accredited U.S. college or university within Arizona. Priority is given to upper-level undergraduate students. 

  • Not a prior participant. 

  • Students are required to have reliable access to the Internet and a computer/laptop/tablet to complete assignments and participate in virtual sessions. 

The Future Native Nation Builders seminar is held annually during the Fall semester. Dates for 2023 will be scheduled  

Due date: Applications are generally accepted from one month prior to the event.  

For questions or more information, contact us at nni@arizona.edu