• 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