Native Know-How Seminar

Native Know-How: Understanding How to Work & Partner with Native Nations

New to working with Indigenous peoples?

Native nations are an integral part of today’s society and are critical to include in creating a better future for all peoples. This unique seminar, 'Native Know-How: Understanding How to Work & Partner with Native Nations' (NKH), is designed to promote a better understanding of the culture and governments of Native Americans and Native nations to create thriving working relationships and partnerships.

The NKH seminar leads participants through three key areas:

  • knowing and understanding tribal sovereignty;
  • gaining a basic awareness of tribal governments and governance; and
  • identifying ways that participants might work or partner with Native nations.

NNI's Native Know-How Team with UArizona's Assistant Vice Provost for Native American Initiatives, Karen Francis-Begay (Navajo), and UArizona's President, Dr. Robert Robbins. Native Know-How Seminar, November 2019.

The seminar provides resources and perspectives from various Native nations and draws from the personal experiences of NNI's NKH team, who collectively have worked directly with over 130 tribes. NNI looks forward to more partnerships with organizations who wish to work successfully with tribal communities and advance their professional trainings.

“The sessions reminded me to show humility, to educate myself and ask questions about how each tribe prefers to operate. For example, our team is working with different tribal councils on how they want to handle requesting local data for health and education evaluations, and this process might look different across tribes. We will also go back to the tribes to interpret and contextualize the data properly, focusing on community assets and how we can work towards long-term tribal goals."
–Native Know-How Seminar Participant

Meet the Team



(Navajo Nation)

Tribal Services


Senior Researcher and Tribal Outreach Specialist

Organizations Served

Agnese Nelms Haury Program
Lead for America
University of Arizona College of Medicine

Seminar Details

The three hour training (currently online only) is for organizations who interact and desire to partner, with Native nations on educational, business, research and/or service projects. Each NKH seminar is customizable to suit your organization's goals and needs. Contact us to set up a time for NNI's Native Know-How team to get to know your organization and how we can work together to enhance your understanding of Indigenous peoples.

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