Exploring Data for Nation Building

LAW 631N | 1 credit

Stephanie Carroll Rainie & Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear 

Jan. 18th-20th |  8am-12:20pm

The demand for data is increasing in Indian Country as tribes engage in economic, social, and cultural development on a rapid scale. Additionally, tribes seek methods to protect their cultural and proprietary information. This course will examine the role of data as an exercise of sovereignty in Native nation governance and self-determination. It will dually explore data collected internally by tribes and Native communities, and information collected by external sources. This course seeks to answer broad questions such as:

  • How can data facilitate nation building?
  • How can tribes influence the better collection of data on their people and resources by third parties?
  • What are the opportunities and challenges inherent in data building and data governance?

To answer these questions, the course draws from best practices in Indian Country and across international Indigenous communities. With a focus on both scholarship and tangible data practice, students will receive hands-on training facilitating the pragmatic use of data to build strong evidence bases for tribal nations and communities.