Ian Record is Manager of Educational Resources for the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI) at the University of Arizona, where he directs the development and maintenance of NNI's distance-learning and multimedia educational programs. Among his many projects, he currently is directing development of NNI's "Rebuilding Native Nations: Strategies for Governance and Development" distance-learning course series.
In 2010, Record wrote, produced and directed NNI's first film documentary "Return of the Red Lake Walleye," which chronicles the extraordinary effort of the Red Lake Band of Chippewa Indians to restore the culturally vital walleye fish to health in Red Lake. He also produced NNI's nationally aired "Native Nation Building" television and radio series (2006), a 10-segment roundtable interview program dedicated to exploring contemporary Indigenous governance and development issues. His first book, Big Sycamore Stands Alone: The Western Apaches, Aravaipa and the Struggle for Place (University of Oklahoma Press, 2008), won the 2009 Southwest Book Award.
Record earned M.A. (2000) and Ph.D. (2004) degrees in American Indian studies (AIS) from the University of Arizona, and previously earned B.A. degrees (1993) in history and mass communications from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia.