The Program

Indigenous Governance Program

Established in January 2012, the  Indigenous Governance Program (IGP) at the University of Arizona (UA) is an educational partnership between the Native Nations Institute (NNI) at the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy and the Indigenous Peoples’ Law and Policy Program (IPLP) at the James E. Rogers College of Law. The IGP offers on-campus and online courses to UA law and graduate students, tribal leaders, citizens, legal practitioners, scholars, and other professionals who are interested in developing a deep, practical understanding of Indigenous governance and rights. Potential students may enroll in an accredited degree program, earn a Continuing Education Certificate or Continuing Legal Education credit, or take classes on a not-for-credit basis.

COURSES AT THE UNIVERSITY

 

Each year, the IGP hosts its flagship January in Tucson (JIT) event – a three-week, intensive education session offering 3-day courses on Indigenous governance-related topics. The extensive global diversity of the program provides participants with new perspectives on familiar governance challenges and helps make JIT a truly unique educational experience.

Beginning in 2016, JIT has provided free governance education opportunities for citizens of U.S.-based tribes through its Tribal Professionals Cohort (TPC). The TPC covers the cost of 3 JIT courses, travel, and accommodation for successfully admitted candidates.

To date, JIT has attracted participants representing more than 50 Indigenous nations from six different continents, who have earned over 600 executive education or academic credits.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT ONLINE COURSES

 

Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development (RNN Online) courses provide self-paced, non-credit, professional development opportunities to examine critical, Indigenous governance and development challenges and survey Native nation-rebuilding efforts across Indian Country. RNN Online courses have been integrated into tribal college and university (TCU) curricula; used as a professional development resource for recently hired tribal employees; and are an integral part of the Native Governance Center’s Native Nation Rebuilders Program.

To date, over 400 tribal citizens representing more than 100 U.S. Native Nations have completed over 700 RNN Online course modules.

"When I take courses in professional development it really re-ignites my fire, my passion. What do I want to do moving forward? How can use what I learn here, the tools, for my people?"

Nicole Charley (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs)Executive Assistant, Office of the Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission
JIT 2017 & Tribal Professionals Cohort Member