Policy Brief: Data Governance for Native Nation Rebuilding


Rainie, Stephanie Carroll, Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear, and Andrew Martinez. 2017. Policy Brief: Data Governance for Native Nation Rebuilding. (Version 2). Tucson: Native Nations Institute.

Native nations in the United States increasingly are exercising Indigenous data sovereignty—the right of each tribe to control the collection, ownership, and application of its own data. Data governance provides the mechanisms for enacting that right. Purpose This brief is a primer on Indigenous data governance. It describes the relationship between reclaiming Indigenous data and Native nation rebuilding. It extends the Indigenous data sovereignty conversation to tribal data governance and discusses the implications of Indigenous data sovereignty for non-tribal entities that govern tribal data.

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