Future Native Nation Builders

A FREE Seminar March 27-28, 2020 at Desert Diamond Casino

Given the current circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 situation, we have two very important updates:

1. The in-person seminar scheduled for March 27-28, 2020 in Tucson, AZ is now POSTPONED. The team behind the event is currently working towards an alternative date that is to be determined.

2. Components of the seminar that can be delivered virtually will now be hosted via online Zoom meeting on Friday, March 27, 2020 at 5:00pm (PST - Arizona Time) and Wednesday, April 29, 2020 at 5:00pm (PST - Arizona Time).

Registered participants, please check your email for further details. Thank you for your understanding and more details will be shared as soon as they are available.

The Native Nations Institute believes that young people are already making powerful contributions to their Native nations and communities, and through participation in the Future Native Nation Builders seminar, no matter your current level of engagement, you can increase your ability to effectuate change. Join the Native Nations Institute for a one-and-a-half-day seminar to explore and share ideas on how students can impact their tribal communities and tribal governments.

The Future Native Nation Builders Program is a FREE leadership development opportunity for Indigenous undergraduate students attending Arizona higher education institutions. To prepare young adults to create positive change, this impactful program integrates three foundational components: study of the Native Nation Building approach, engagement with tribal leaders, and development of action plans to be implemented over the year.

Program Details

  • The program begins with a FREE online course "Introduction to Rebuilding Native Nations Course Module" ($75 value). This course must be completed by March 25, 2020.
  • A live seminar (March 27-28, 2020) will be held in Tucson, AZ, that provides space for Indigenous students to identify ways in which their degrees and skills will contribute to their tribal communities’ nation-building efforts.

Transportation: NNI will work with each of the three state universities to arrange transportation to the March seminar in Tucson, all others are responsible for their transportation to Tucson.

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

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

  • NNI will be in contact with the scholars over the summer and fall semester to check on the progress of their action plans. These check-ins will be in the form of one to two virtual visits.
  • In December 2020, the Future Native Nation Builders will present (either live or virtually) their finalized mini-action plan to NNI.

Building a future of Native Nation Leaders

Participants will:

  • Learn about the key features of the Standard Approach and the Native Nation Building Approach to development.
  • Examine real-life scenarios and case studies of Indigenous peoples utilizing the Native Nation Building Approach in their work and within their communities.
  • Interact with tribal leaders (either live or virtually).
  • Apply the key features of the Native Nation Building Approach to their studies and overall career goals.

Applicant Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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.

DUE DATE: Rolling


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