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June 3, 2010
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This issue of Udall Center Update provides a roundup of news from the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI).

NNI, founded in 2001 by the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation and the University of Arizona, is housed at the Udall Center.

NNI has strong programmatic partnerships with the Archibald Bush Foundation and the Harvard Project on American Economic Development, and is conducting a major research project on health-care delivery and accessibility for Native nations funded by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation.

Throughout the year, NNI delivers customized executive education programs to leaders and administrators of Native nations across North America, conducts award-winning youth leadership camps, produces highly regarded policy-relevant research reports and studies, and creates innovative, multi-media training materials, videos, and films.

Earlier this year, NNI (along with the Harvard Project) earned the 2010 Public Sector Leadership Award from the National Congress of American Indians.

> Native Nations Institute

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NNI Staff Present at NAISA Conference

Several members of the Native Nations Institute's staff presented talks at the conference of the Native American and Indigenous Studies Association held May 20-22, 2010, in Tucson.
For a panel "Governance Challenges: Research in Support of Tribal Policy-Making":

--Miriam Jorgensen, NNI director of research (and organizer of the panel), delivered a presentation, "Per Capita Distributions for American Indian Tribal Revenues: A Preliminary Discussion of Policy Considerations,"

--Stephen Cornell, Udall Center director, presented a talk, "Reconstituting Native Nations: Fragmentation and Response in Canada and the United States,"

--Rachel Starks, NNI research analyst and coordinator, discussed "Issues and Implications: Tribes Living in the US-Mexico Borderlands," and

--Stephanie Rainie talked about "Tribal Community Management of Health Care: What are the Lessons?"

A roundtable discussion, "Closing the Loop: Returning Research to Indian Country," organized and chaired by NNI director Joan Timeche, included analyses by NNI educational resources program manager, Ian Record, and NNI leadership and management programs manager, Renee Goldtooth.
NNI research analyst, Jen McCormack, presented a talk, "'Flipping the Script' or Changing Legal-Spatial Discourse in Indigenous Court Cases," as part of a panel on "What Counts in Court?"

> NAISA 2010 Conference

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NNI Researchers Contribute to AZ Town Hall

NNI research analyst, Jen McCormack, is co-editor (with Vera Pavlakovich-Kochi) of Building Arizona's Future: Jobs, Innovation & Competitiveness, background report for the 96th Arizona Town Hall, held April 25-28, 2010, in Tucson.

McCormack authored one of the report's chapter, "Arizona's Regional Diversity" (chapter 12), and co-authored (with Pavlakovich-Kochi) two others, "Voices from the Field" (chapter 5) and "Updating the Roadmap and Sticking to Its Course" (chapter 20).

Also, Udall Center director Stephen Cornell and NNI director of research Miriam Jorgensen co-authored "Native Nations and Arizona's Economy" (chapter 13).

> Building Arizona's Future: Jobs, Innovation & Competitiveness (pdf)

> Arizona Town Hall

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Native American Youth Leadership Camps

NNI will host its two highly recognized youth leadership camps this coming summer.

Registration is still open to high-school juniors, seniors, or recent graduates.

NNI welcomes sponsors and donors to help provide scholarships for student participants.

Native American Youth Governance Camp
June 13-18, 2010
Tucson, AZ (UA Campus)


Native American Youth Entrepreneur Camp
July 18-23, 2010
Tucson, AZ (UA Campus)

Contact: Norma Montano at or Julian Billy at or call (520) 626-0664.

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NNI Job Announcements

Interested in joining the NNI team?

Here are two positions being filled to support NNI's extensive and dynamic research and outreach endeavors.

Partnership Manager (Native Nations Institute)

Job number: 45367
Advertised: May 26, 2010 (open until filled)
Application review begins: June 28, 2010

Information Media Research Analyst (Native Nations Institute)
Job number: 44606
Advertised: January 22, 2010 (open until filled)
Application review begins: February 15, 2010

> UA Career Track
(520) 626-4393

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Established in 1987, the Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy sponsors policy-relevant, interdisciplinary research and forums that link scholarship and education with decision-making. The Center specializes in issues concerning: (1) environmental policy, primarily in the Southwest and U.S.-Mexico border region; (2) immigration policy of the United States; and (3) Indigenous nations policy.


The Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI), founded in 2001 by the Morris K. Udall Foundation (now Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation) and The University of Arizona and housed at the Udall Center, serves as a self-determination, governance, and development resource for Indigenous nations in the United States, Canada, and elsewhere.

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