Indigenous Data Sovereignty Summit 2019

On April 24, 2019 the first “Indigenous Data Sovereignty Summit in Arizona: Building shared understanding and identifying Tribal Leader needs” was held at Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona. The US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network and The Native Nations Institute partnered with The Intertribal Council of Arizona, Inc., ASU American Indian Student Support Services, and Indigenous Strategies, LLC. The partners collaborated to develop the three objectives for the summit:

  1. To better understand Indigenous data sovereignty principles to build efficient data systems in Indian Country.
  2. To identify practical implementation and evaluation strategies for Tribal departments and community members.
  3. To determine the role of Tribal governance in developing Indigenous data sovereignty protocols and procedures.

Indigenous data sovereignty is the right of a nation to govern the collection, ownership, and application of its own data. It derives from tribes’ inherent right to govern their peoples, lands, and resources. The Summit attendance was made up of academic researchers, individuals who work with tribal communities at the city, county, and state levels, tribal data practitioners, and elected tribal leaders. With this depth of representation, we aimed to gain a deeper understanding of how to enhance and strengthen tribal data systems. The presentations and discussions focused on data collection, data analysis, data capacity building and workforce competency around data management and ownership. The Summit outcomes highlighted the need to develop stronger relationships with tribal nations and provided valuable insights on methods to accomplish this.


Indigenous Data Sovereignty Summit 2019 Agenda

Presentations & Posters

Indigenous Data Sovereignty Summit 4.24.19 Serena Felicia Mitchell

The Significance of Tribal Data Sovereignty and Governance


Panel Discussion


With additional support from the Arizona State University, American Indian Student Support Services;
Office of Tribal Relations at The University of Arizona; Arizona State University Office of American Indian Initiatives;
and, Indigenous Strategies, LLC.

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