American Indian Policy Institute

Our primary focus is Native American public-policy analysis and research.

AIPI collaborates with Tribal Governments and Native American Communities on the issues that affect them.

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03/01/2024

The American Indian Policy Institute at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law and the Center for Indian Education (CIE) in the School of Social Transformation is hiring for a Policy Research Analyst. Candidates must be experienced, detail-oriented and knowledgeable of American Indian education policy and the rule-making process of the Federal Government, Tribal Governments, Federal Agencies and The National Congress of American Indians.

Please apply at: https://ow.ly/SWNc50QKaIo and follow the instructions under External Job Opportunities. Announcement is cross posted on aipi.asu.edu

This position closes on March 11, 2024.

02/29/2024

On February 26, 2024, the USDA announced that the application deadline for the next round of the ReConnect program has been extended from 4/21/24 to 5/21/24. The USDA will still begin accepting applications on 3/22/24. The ReConnect program is essential for Tribes and rural communities working to increase broadband connectivity.

https://ow.ly/ynWM50QIWwS

DOE Announces Funding for Tribal Clean Energy Projects 02/28/2024

This 25 million dollar investment will strengthen Tribal energy sovereignty through local clean energy generation, while increasing energy access, reliability, and security.

The DOE is soliciting applications from Indian Tribes, which include Alaska Native Regional Corporations and Village Corporations, Intertribal Organizations, and Tribal Energy Development Organizations. Applications are due May 30, 2024, at 5 p.m. ET.

DOE Announces Funding for Tribal Clean Energy Projects New Funding Will Help Tribal Communities Deploy Clean Energy Technology, Increase Energy Sovereignty and Resiliency, and Lower Energy Costs

02/27/2024

“We wanted to start a process where tribes could come together and share experiences with trained professionals, but at the same time have organic conversations and the opportunity to learn from each other and from our mistakes and successes, and become a network of people that will rely on each other forever.” - Matthew Rantanen, Cree, Co-Founder of the Tribal Broadband Bootcamp.

If you are interested in Tribal Broadband Bootcamp, the next one will be an advanced fiber boot camp hosted at RantanenTown Ranch in Southern California from March 10th – March 13th, 2024.

👉🏽Click the link to sign up: https://tribalbroadbandbootcamp.org/interested-in-attending/

02/26/2024

AIPI brings you the Q4 2023 edition of our Legislative Update. In Q4, AIPI reviewed 86 bills in Congress, and 154 Federal Register Notices. This update includes FY2024 appropriation requests for Federal agencies that work closely with Tribal Nations, a bill that establishes new Tribal consultation policies at the Dept. of Agriculture, and one that establishes procedures to enable Tribal Nations to implement their own projects under the Federal SNAP program.

https://bit.ly/42W706k

Native voters still face serious barriers to voting in Arizona, leaders tell lawmaker 02/26/2024

Tribal leaders from Arizona spoke in detail about Native voting issues with U.S. Rep. Joseph Morelle, D-NY, who serves as the ranking member of the Committee on House Administration, during discussions Thursday at Scottsdale Community College.

Native voters still face serious barriers to voting in Arizona, leaders tell lawmaker New York Rep. Joseph Morelle heard from tribal leaders during a fact-finding tour for a Native voting rights act he plans to introduce in Congress.

02/23/2024

For the ILA modules 6 & 7 we would like to extend our gratitude to our amazing guest speakers, Shareé Hurts and Laurie Battaglia. Both of these modules really honed in on our networking skills. Shareé gave some insight into how we can make a memorable introduction in the spaces we occupy. Laurie shared with us how she was able to network herself within Indian Country and gave an in depth look into LinkedIn and how we should be elevating our skills. Thank you ladies for the wonderful presentation.

5 ASU alumni receive NCAA Final Four community award | ASU News 02/22/2024

Our Advisory Board member and ASU Vice President & Special Advisor to the President for American Indian Affairs, Jacob Moore (Tohono O’Odham) is one of five ASU alumni to receive the NCAA Men’s Final Four Phoenix 2024 Legends and Legacy Community Award.

5 ASU alumni receive NCAA Final Four community award | ASU News Five Arizona State University alumni have been named recipients of the NCAA Men’s Final Four Phoenix 2024 Legends and Legacy Community Awards. The awards recognize those who commit their time, resources and influence to improve their communities. The honor is given in conjunction with the NCAA’s...

02/20/2024

Assistant Secretary of the Department of the Interior, Bryan Newland visited ASU Library’s Labriola National Indian Data Center in Tempe. He spoke to students, faculty and staff about some of the steps the Department of Interior has taken to address issues important to Indian country during this current administration. We are honored and grateful for your time Assistant Secretary Newland. ASU Library Labriola Center U.S. Department of the Interior

02/17/2024

Bryan Newland (Bay Mills Indian Community, Ojibwe), the current Dept. of Interior Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs, will be coming to ASU to meet and greet students! Bryan will be speaking with students, faculty, and staff about Tribal issues, and will also share his college journey with students.

The Labriola Center will be hosting him in Hayden Library room 236. There will also be a light lunch catered by Indigenous caterer, The REZ, an Urban Eatery.

Meet and Greet with Bryan Newland
Monday, Feb. 19
12:00 – 2:00 pm
ASU Tempe, Hayden Library room 236

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Murdered and missing women is the top issue facing Native American communities heading into the 2024 elections | Brookings 02/16/2024

Data from the First Nations Development Institute’s National Survey of Native American Justice indicate both political parties should pay attention to the policy issues Native American communities find important, as they are distinct from the priorities of non-Indigenous Americans.

https://ow.ly/RVSl50QEhAH

Murdered and missing women is the top issue facing Native American communities heading into the 2024 elections | Brookings This election season, Native American voters will play a pivotal role by influencing the outcome of several Senate and congressional races.

02/15/2024

We cannot express enough gratitude for our guest speaker for Module 5 of the Indigenous Leadership Academy. Geoffrey Blackwell, is General Counsel & Chief of Staff for NCAI and the Vice Chair for the AIPI Advisory Board. Mr. Blackwell has been a guest for the ILA before and his presentation is always palpable. We would like to share a blog written by AIPI about Mr. Blackwell's module as he addressed the very first module of the ILA.

https://ow.ly/Pt3950QBtab

Net Inclusion 2024 - National Digital Inclusion Alliance 02/13/2024

This week, the National Digital Inclusion Alliance is hosting the Net Inclusion 2024 Conference. This conference brings together hundreds of practitioners, advocates, academics, internet service providers, and policymakers to share their knowledge. Tomorrow, there will be a Digital Inclusion Adoption & Use in Tribal Panel featuring the Executive Director of Digital Connect for Gila River Telecommunications, Mikhail Sundust.

To watch follow this link: https://ow.ly/yqZj50QAP4M

Net Inclusion 2024 - National Digital Inclusion Alliance The Nation's Premier Digital Inclusion Conference & Community The Net Inclusion conference has been a staple in the digital inclusion community since 2016, bringing hundreds of practitioners, advocates, academics, internet service providers, and policymakers together to share their knowledge and dis...

Arizona Indian Festival showcases authentic Indigenous art 02/13/2024

The authenticity of Native American arts and crafts is important because knockoffs from Indonesia, China, Japan, and other countries take away from the income of Native people and their families. Vendors are required to show a certificate of degree of Indian or Alaska Native blood, which proves they are authentic members of Native American nations in Arizona.

Arizona Indian Festival showcases authentic Indigenous art The Arizona Indian Festival in Scottsdale showcases authentic Indigenous art. Artists say knockoffs from overseas undermine their authentic work, which represents their culture.

Geneticist Krystal Tsosie advocates for Indigenous data sovereignty 02/12/2024

Tsosie was interested in science from an early age, volunteering at the Phoenix Indian Medical Center in high school with the hopes of eventually becoming a doctor. Today, Tsosie leads the Tsosie Lab for Indigenous Genomic Data Equity and Justice at ASU.

Geneticist Krystal Tsosie advocates for Indigenous data sovereignty A member of the Navajo Nation, she believes Indigenous geneticists have a big role to play in protecting and studying their own data.

02/08/2024

Tribal Digital Sovereignty is our topic of conversation today at . This illustrious panel is discussing “Creating a Comprehensive Digital Sovereignty Plan: Concepts and Practical Considerations”

Pictured from L-R: Gov. Stephen Roe Lewis, General Counsel & Chief of Staff, NCAI, Geoffrey Blackwell, AIPI Ex. Director, Traci L. Morris Ph.D., Director of Technology, So. Calif. Tribal Chairmen’s Association, Matthew Rantanen, AIPI Sr. Research Analyst, EJ John.

02/07/2024

Our first newsletter of the year is out! It is also our first newsletter since we've moved to our new home at the Sandra Day O'Connor School of Law at ASU. We've been busy since the year started, we've started our fifth cohort of the ILA and Dr. Morris attend Governor Lewis' inauguration for the Gila River Indian Community. Check out and see what we've been up too.

https://bit.ly/3umIX3x

02/06/2024

🚨🚨Without additional funding, the Affordable Connectivity Program (ACP) will begin to wind down and enrollment will end on Thursday 2/8. See our previous blog on the ACP for more info on the program and how it affects Tribal Nations.

👉🏽 https://ow.ly/iEZo50Qyxwx

Photos from Indian Legal Program at the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU's post 02/06/2024

Register now for ! Coming February 8-9, 2024! Our team of Cyber Warriors will discuss the definition of Tribal Digital Sovereignty and how it can be used in your community.

02/05/2024

We would like to express our sincerest and most humble appreciation for our guest speakers for module 3 and 4 of the Indigenous Leadership Academy's Spring 2024 cohort. Vina Begay spoke to us about Research, Data & Indigenous Knowledge; and Mikhail Sundust spoke about Innovation and Sustainable Enterprise Building.
ASU Library Labriola Center Digital Connect Initiative

Senator Urges Museums to Return Native Remains and Objects: “Give the Items Back. Comply With Federal Law. Hurry.” 02/03/2024

U.S. Sen. Brian Schatz of Hawaii demanded on Thursday that museums and universities move more swiftly in repatriating Native American remains and belongings plundered from Indigenous burial sites.

https://ow.ly/yoIA50QxtkP.

Senator Urges Museums to Return Native Remains and Objects: “Give the Items Back. Comply With Federal Law. Hurry.” In a Senate floor speech that centered America’s colonial history, Brian Schatz said institutions have a moral obligation to comply with federal repatriation law. He demanded urgent action.

02/01/2024

If you're looking for something to read this Black History Month here is list to celebrate and honor the contributions of Black writers throughout history.

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01/30/2024

Big news! We are thrilled to announce that the American Indian Policy Institute has joined the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law! Thank you to all who supported this change and helped AIPI get here, including our Advisory Board and our leaders at ASU.



We're excited to share that the American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) has officially joined ASU Law.

The Indigenous-led and staffed research institute will work with ASU Law to strengthen Tribal sovereignty and shape the next generation of leaders in American Indian law and policy.

"AIPI is a leading think tank on American Indian policy, and its work is essential to supporting Tribes in their policy endeavors, especially Tribal Digital Sovereignty," says ASU Law Dean Stacy Leeds.

We thank ASU Watts College of Public Service & Community Solutions, which has housed AIPI over the past four years.

ASU News shares more: https://ow.ly/Xiyc50Qw6e8

Counties, Southern Utes leverage over $70 million in grant funds for broadband 01/29/2024

The next phase will leverage $43.7 million in funding from the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Tribal Broadband Connectivity Program to build middle mile and last mile connectivity to 1,800 native homes and businesses.

Counties, Southern Utes leverage over $70 million in grant funds for broadband Infrastructure development rarely catches the eye, especially when it’s buried underground. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t important or impressive. Miles of buried fiber-optic cable throughout Southw...

Famed NYC museum is closing two Native American halls 01/29/2024

New York’s American Museum of Natural History is closing two halls featuring Native American objects. The museum said in October that it would pull all human remains from public display, with the aim of eventually repatriating as much as it could to Native American tribes and other rightful owners.

Famed NYC museum is closing two Native American halls New York City’s American Museum of Natural History is closing two halls featuring Native American objects.

Utah bill may threaten Ute Tribe’s agreement with the U., Native tuition waivers 01/25/2024

The U. has a longstanding agreement with the Ute Indian Tribe — which is also the namesake for the state — for the school to use the “Utes” name and imagery; the university provides scholarships and support for tribal members in return. Grover amended HB261 to include a mention of that memorandum.

Utah bill may threaten Ute Tribe’s agreement with the U., Native tuition waivers College tuition waivers for hundreds of Utah tribal students could be in jeopardy as an “unintended consequence” of the legislative proposal to peel back diversity initiatives in higher education.

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