Over the last 20 years, the Native Nations Institute (NNI) and the Indigenous Peoples Law & Policy Program (IPLP) have made the University of Arizona a leader in the field of Indigenous nation building.
As part of the University’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, NNI carries out research and works with Native nations and organizations to support Indigenous self-determination, to strengthen Indigenous governance capacities, and to achieve Indigenous community and economic development objectives. As part of the University’s James E. Rogers College of Law, the Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (IPLP) is a center for innovation in research, training, and advocacy in Federal Indian Law and the international law of Indigenous Peoples.
In 2013, NNI and IPLP came together to create the Indigenous Governance Program (IGP). Through the IGP, practitioners and scholars from around the world have access to the research and teaching of NNI’s and IPLP’s renowned faculty in the fields of Indigenous governance and Indigenous rights. The IGP includes the possibility of individuals earning: a Masters of Professional Studies in Indigenous Governance (UA credit); a Professional Certificate in Indigenous Governance (UA credit); a Continuing Education Certificate in Indigenous Governance (non-UA credit); certificates of completion in a number of distance-learning course offerings; and/or the option of taking any combination of live and distance-learning courses for personal enrichment.