The Indigenous Governance Program (IGP) provides opportunities for individuals interested in a deep, practical understanding of indigenous governance and rights. With courses designed and taught by an internationally renowned faculty, the IGP provides a combination of live and online learning options. Among them is January in Tucson (JIT), a three-week intensive program of courses that draws an international group of tribal leaders and other professionals who learn together and share ideas about how to strengthen Indigenous governance. JIT is designed specifically for working tribal professionals searching for information, analysis, and learnings that can help them strengthen the governance of their nations.

Student testimonials


“We bring in faculty, people who have a variety of experience and depth, and in this nation-building revolution that has been going on, many of the lessons that they share are stories from Indian Country.”

Jaime Pinkham (Nez Perce) | JIT Faculty 2012-present

Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission


"...I've actually had a shift, like a paradigm shift, which is [an] incredible thing to happen to somebody that's been working for over 20 years in Indian Country..."

Elva "Cookie" Allen | JIT 2017

Owner, Advanced Management Strategies


"...these are things that I am dealing with right now, from an executive standpoint, and these are issues that I need to have more resources on. All courses apply and had answers for me that I couldn’t get [anywhere] else."

Tiger Brown Bull (Oglala Sioux Tribe)  |  JIT 2017 & Tribal Professionals Cohort Member

Assistant Commissioner of Administration, Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe


“Power, self-governance, and self-determination…now I know the information to back it up and how to implement that with the nation.”

Rachel Hood (Yavapai-Apache Nation) | JIT 2017 & Tribal Professionals Cohort Member

Councilwoman, Yavapai-Apache Nation

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