Service – The University of Arizona Native Nations Institute


The Native Nations Institute (NNI) works with Native nations and organizations to advance Indigenous self-determination, strengthen Indigenous governance capacities, and support Indigenous community and economic development through research, in-person and online education, and the provision of digital resources and tribal services.

Located on Tohono O’odham Nation traditional homelands, the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy (NNI) was founded in 2001 by The University of Arizona and the Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation as a self-determination, self-governance, and development resource for Native nations. It is housed at the university’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.

NNI assists in building capable Native nations that can effectively pursue and ultimately realize their own political, economic, and community development objectives. This effort, which we call nation building, is the central focus of NNI’s programs.

NNI provides Native nations and other policymakers with accessible research and policy analysis of governance and development in Indian Country and with comprehensive, professional training and development programs designed to meet the needs of Indigenous leadership and management.

To visit the Native Nations Institute visit their website here:


Native Nations Institute
803 E. First St., Tucson, AZ 85719
Phone: 520-626-0664 | Fax: 520-626-3664