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NCAI Forum: Protecting Tribal Lands and Sacred Places: Current Threats Across Indian Country

The latest in NCAI’s ongoing series of virtual events featuring tribal leaders, this forum shares the stories of five tribal nations working to protect their tribal homelands in the face of baseless attacks by the federal government, and discussed how the federal government must recommit to its…

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TRIBAL ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT: Indian Country’s Policy Recommendations for the Federal Government

Tribal Economic Development: Indian Country’s Policy Recommendations for the Federal Government

Introduction: Across Indian Country, more and more tribal nations are forging impressive records of economic progress. From creating successful nation-owned enterprises to cultivating tribal citizen-owned businesses to preparing their people to take advantage of expanding job opportunities through…

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Why citizen engagement and assessment matter to developing a tribal workforce

Why citizen engagement and assessment matter to developing a tribal workforce

Distilling lessons learned from that endeavor, PTG identified 15 strategic considerations that tribal leaders, workforce development staff, and other decision-makers must tackle as they craft workforce development approaches capable of achieving their definition of what “success” looks like for…

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Closing the loop and advancement are key to developing tribal workforces

Closing the loop and advancement are key to developing tribal workforces

Distilling lessons learned from that endeavor, PTG identified 15 strategic considerations that tribal leaders, workforce development staff, and other decision-makers must tackle as they craft workforce development approaches capable of achieving their definition of what “success” looks like for…

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Removing obstacles & targeted solutions are key to developing tribal workforces

Removing obstacles & targeted solutions are key to developing tribal workforces

Distilling lessons learned from that endeavor, PTG identified 15 strategic considerations that tribal leaders, workforce development staff, and other decision-makers must tackle as they craft workforce development approaches capable of achieving their definition of what “success” looks like for…

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Partnerships and sustainability are key to developing tribal workforces

Partnerships and sustainability are key to developing tribal workforces

Distilling lessons learned from that endeavor, PTG identified 15 strategic considerations that tribal leaders, workforce development staff, and other decision-makers must tackle as they craft workforce development approaches capable of achieving their definition of what “success” looks like for…

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Why leadership and funding matter to developing a tribal workforce

Why leadership and funding matter to developing a tribal workforce

Distilling lessons learned from that endeavor, PTG identified 15 strategic considerations that tribal leaders, workforce development practitioners, and other decision-makers must tackle as they craft workforce development approaches capable of achieving their definition of what “success” looks like…

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Why culture and institutions matter to developing a tribal workforce

Why culture and institutions matter to developing a tribal workforce

In its multi-year project examining tribal workforce development approaches across the country, NCAI’s Partnership for Tribal Governance (PTG) worked to identify and document key foundational strategies that are empowering tribal innovation and, in turn, workforce development success. Distilling…

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Why Strategic Vision and Integration matter to developing a tribal workforce

Why strategic vision and integration matter to developing a tribal workforce

In its multi-year project examining tribal workforce development approaches across the country, NCAI’s Partnership for Tribal Governance (PTG) worked to identify and document key foundational strategies that are empowering tribal innovation and, in turn, workforce development success...

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Tribal Code Development Checklist for Implementation of Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction

Tribal Code Development Checklist for Implementation of Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction

This checklist (click to download) is designed as a tool to assist tribal governments seeking to develop tribal codes that implement special domestic violence criminal jurisdiction (SDVCJ) under section 904 of VAWA 2013. Tribal governments will likely be amending existing criminal codes, and every…

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Resource Center for Implementing Tribal Provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Webinars

Resource Center for Implementing Tribal Provisions of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA): Webinars

The Intertribal Technical-Assistance Working Group on Special Domestic Violence Criminal Jurisdiction (ITWG) has participated in a series of webinars focused on defendants’ rights issues (including indigent counsel); the fair cross section requirement and jury pool selection; prosecution skills;…

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Tribal Nations and the United States: An Introduction

Tribal Nations and the United States: An Introduction

Tens of millions of Indigenous peoples inhabited North America, and governed their complex societies, long before European governments sent explorers to seize lands and resources from the continent and its inhabitants. These foreign European governments interacted with tribes in diplomacy, commerce…

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Native Organizations: Working Together for Our Common Benefit

Native Organizations: Working Together for Our Common Benefit

On November 14, 2010, 45 people gathered in Albuquerque, New Mexico, at the NCAI's Annual Convention to participate in the pre-session: "Native Organizations; Working Together for Our Common Benefit." This twelve-page report outlines the key findings from this meeting - highlighting communications…

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Effective Tools for Communications and Leadership in Indian Country

Effective Tools for Communications and Leadership in Indian Country

A thirty-six page toolkit, this NCAI publication outlines the tools, tactics, and strategies from tribal communications experts. The toolkit aims to help tribal leaders and Indian Country advocates in ever changing media and communications landscape.

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An Introduction to Indian Nations in the United States

An Introduction to Indian Nations in the United States

There are 562 federally recognized Indian Nations (variously called tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, communities, rancherias and native villages) in the United States. Approximately 229 of these ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse nations are located in Alaska; the rest are located in…

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Leadership and Communications in Indian Country

Leadership and Communications in Indian Country

This four-page report outlines the key findings from interviews with five tribal leaders and tribal communications officers across the country. The conversations focused on exploring how communications helps in their daily work, how the communications playing field has changed over the years and…

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Securing Our Futures

Securing Our Futures

NCAI is releasing a Securing Our Futures report in conjunction with the 2013 State of Indian Nations. This report shows areas where tribes are exercising their sovereignty right now, diversifying their revenue base, and bringing economic success to their nations and surrounding communities. The…