Convened by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development on February 7-9, 2002 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, the “Honoring Nations: Good Tribal Governance" symposium celebrated, documented, and disseminated the stories of outstanding programs in self-governance that are daily emerging from the Native nations and highlights tribal government successes. It helped expand the capacities of Native nation builders by enabling them to learn from each others’ successes.
The high public visibility and news coverage of Honoring Nations also permit non-Native policymakers, the media, and the general public to see what Native nations are actually doing in the drive for self-determination. Established in 1998, Honoring Nations’ experiences are the foundation for the teaching, advising, and policy analysis from the partnership between the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (Harvard Project) and the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona.
The Indigenous Governance Database features selected presentations and Q&A sessions from the 2002 Honoring Nations symposium, listed below.
Selected Presentations and Q&A Sessions:
Elements of Good Tribal Governance
Honoring Nations: Julia "Bunny" Jaakola: Turning Sovereignty into a Practical Reality: Fond du Lac Band of Lake Superior Chippewa
Honoring Nations: Jon Cooley: Building Capable Institutions of Self-Governance: White Mountain Apache Wildlife and Recreation Program
Honoring Nations: Lori Gutierrez: Using Culture as a Resource: Poeh Center
Honoring Nations: Charlie O'Hara: Developing Productive Government-to-Government Relations: Swinomish Cooperative Land Use Program
Achieving Good Governance
Honoring Nations: Miriam Jorgensen: Achieving Good Governance: Cross-Cutting Themes
Honoring Nations: Stephen Cornell: Achieving Good Governance: Lessons from the Harvard Project & Honoring Nations
Honoring Nations: Robert Yazzie: The Navajo Nation Judicial Branch
Honoring Nations: Lance Morgan: Ho-Chunk, Inc. Economic Development Corporation
Honoring Nations: Glenn Gilman: Hopi Jr./Sr. High: Two Plus Two Plus Two
Honoring Nations: Aaron Miles: Idaho Gray Wolf Recovery Program
Honoring Nations: Theresa Clark: Yukaana Development Corporation
Honoring Nations: Justin Martin: Enhancing Government-to-Government Relationships
Honoring Nations: What is Good Tribal Governance and Why is it Important?: Tribal Leaders' Perspectives
Honoring Nations: The Politics of Change - Internal Barriers, Opportunities and Lessons for Improving Government Performance
Honoring Nations: Using Partnerships to Achieve Governing Goals
Building Successful Indian Nations: "Report Backs"
Honoring Nations: John McCoy: Intergovernmental Relations
Honoring Nations: Roger Boyd: Economic and Community Development
Honoring Nations: Elizabeth Woody: Environment and Natural Resources
Honoring Nations: Julia "Bunny" Jaakola: Education and Social Services
Honoring Nations: JoAnn Chase: Cultural Affairs
Other Speakers & Presentations
Honoring Nations: Jeanette Clark Cassa: San Carlos Apache's Elders Cultural Advisory Council
Honoring Nations: Oren Lyons: Governing Our Way to a Brighter Future