Tribal Leaders Program

Tribal Leaders Program

Apply for One Free Course in Indigenous Governance, Law & Policy

In recognition of the University of Arizona's commitment to providing access to higher education and professional development in Indian Country, we want to do more than just acknowledge that fact. We want to invest in our tribal leaders. The Native Nations Institute and its Executive Education program, January in Tucson has led the way in training leaders across Indian Country. We are pleased to offer one 3-day course free of charge to each elected or appointed tribal leader of a federally-recognized tribe in the United States (proof of your election or appointment required). We provide a wide variety of research-based courses on constitutional reform, business ethics, data sovereignty, and many other nation-building topics. Based on best practices from around Indian Country, our internationally renowned faculty delivers solutions that work.



Other Opportunities

For non-elected leaders or individuals working in tribal government:

  • Partner rates for groups from the same Tribe: email us!
  • The Native Nations Institute’s Tribal Professionals Cohort which covers ALL expenses associated with JIT and 3 free courses. 

For legal teams:

  • Continuing Legal Education credits for select January in Tucson classes.

For general scholarships:

We have worked hard to make this program open and accessible to Indian Country and Indigenous peoples around the world. Our mission is to serve Indigenous peoples by sharing what we have learned in over thirty years of research on Indigenous governance. We hope that you will consider joining us in January.

Our Program's Impact on Tribal Leaders:


"Personally, I can re-examine how I perform my duties and responsibilities and how I work with other can I take better steps."

Bradley Harrington (Mille Lacs Band of Ojibwe)
Commissioner of Natural Resources, 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)
Former Councilwoman, Yavapai-Apache Nation


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