Spotlight

  • JIT Faculty Receives Lifetime Achievement Award

    Wednesday, March 15, 2017
    We extend heartfelt congratulations to renowned January in Tucson faculty member and friend, Professor Robert A. Williams, Jr. (Lumbee).  Prof. Williams was recently awarded the 2017 “Lawrence R. Baca Lifetime Achievement Award for Excellence in Federal Indian Law,” by the national Federal Bar Association Indian Law Section.  Prof. Williams will be honored at the upcoming 42nd Annual Federal Bar Association’s Indian Law Conference on April 7, 2017, in Scottsdale, Arizona. Professor Williams has served as JIT faculty since the program’s inception in 2012, and is the E. Thomas Sullivan Profess... Read More
  • January in Tucson 2017 Shatters Records

    January In Tucson 2017
    Thursday, February 23, 2017
    This year’s JIT welcomed a record-setting 90 students to Tucson for Indigenous governance-focused intensive, 3-day classes, providing over 300 university and continuing education credits to participants. The event is the largest of its kind in the United States. Founded in 2012, January in Tucson is an annual effort to provide Indigenous leaders, students, tribal professionals, and others working with Indigenous nations around the world with access to cutting-edge research tools on Indigenous rights and governance. During January in Tucson, courses such as Native Economic Development and Const... Read More
  • Del Laverdure Joins JIT Faculty

    Del Laverdure Joins JIT Faculty
    Wednesday, January 4, 2017
    The Indigenous Governance Program is happy to announce a new faculty member, Del Laverdure; he will be teaching "Intergovernmental Relations" with Jaime Pinkham. Del is an enrolled citizen of the Crow Nation and is a member of the Ties the Bundle Clan on his Mother’s side.  He is a descendant of the Little Shell Band of Chippewa Indians on his father’s side.  Over his career, Del has served many tribal nations in a variety of capacities and assisted with large scale gaming development projects, assessment, negotiation, and implementation of several federal Indian water settlements, energy and... Read More
  • JIT Faculty Receives Prestigious Health Policy Fellowship

    Thursday, September 29, 2016
    A citizen of the Northern Cheyenne Nation, Desi Rodriguez-Lonebear (née Small-Rodriguez) is one of 40 designated Health Policy Research Scholars who will receive a doctoral degree stipend of $120,000 over the course of four years to advance a “Culture of Health,” particularly in communities with long-standing health disparities. Desi serves as a Graduate Research Associate at Native Nations Institute, is a co-founder of the NNI-hosted US Indigenous Data Sovereignty Network, and is pursuing dual PhD degrees in sociology at the University of Arizona and demography at the University of Waikato in... Read More
  • New Data Sovereignty Course

    Wednesday, August 10, 2016
    The demand for data is increasing in Indian Country as tribes engage in economic, social, and cultural development on a rapid scale. 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?”; “... Read More