National Congress of American Indians

Becoming Visible: A Landscape Analysis of State Efforts to Provide Native American Education for All

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Native Americans are unfortunately invisible to many. Most Americans likely have attended or currently attend a school where information about Native Americans is either completely absent from the classroom or relegated to brief mentions, negative information, or inaccurate stereotypes. This results in an enduring and damaging narrative regarding Native peoples, tribal nations, and their citizens. Even though some exceptional efforts are happening around the country to bring accurate, culturally responsive, tribally specific, and contemporary content about Native Americans into mainstream education systems, much work remains to be done. This report is an analysis of the landscape of current state efforts to bring high-quality educational content about Native peoples and communities into all kindergarten to 12th grade (K-12) classrooms across the United States.

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National Congress of American Indians (2019). Becoming Visible: A Landscape Analysis of State Efforts to Provide Native American Education for All. Washington, DC. September 2019. http://www.ncai.org/policy-research-center/research-data... Accessed: March 7, 2023.

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

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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 workforce education and training, they are building sustainable tribal economies to revitalize their communities. Driving this remarkable yet uneven renaissance is tribal self-determination, specifically the responsibility each tribal nation exercises to create a robust economy based on its cultural values, distinct challenges, particular circumstances, and community development priorities. Yet key federal government actions must be taken to foster – and remove the barriers impeding – tribal nations’ efforts to create and sustain jobs and economic growth.

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Tribal Economic Development: Indian Country’s Policy Recommendations for the Federal Government. February 2019. In collaboration wtih the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, National Congress of American Indians, National Indian Gaming Association, Native American Contractors Association, Native American Finance Officers Association, and Native CDFI Network. Washington, D.C. Brief. http://www.ncai.org/ptg/EconDevBrief.pdf

Why culture and institutions matter to developing a tribal workforce

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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 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 for tribal citizens and the nation as a whole.

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NCAI’s Partnership for Tribal Governance. 2018. "Why culture and institutions matter to developing a tribal workforce." Indian Country Today. August 13, 2018. https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/opinion/why-culture-and-institu… 

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

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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 trust and treaty obligations to all tribal nations in this critical area. Forum panelists included:

  • Cedric Cromwell, Chairman of the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe
  • Mark Fox, Chairman of the Mandan, Hidatsa and Arikara Nation
  • Harold Frazier, Chairman of the Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe
  • Ned Norris, Jr., Chairman of the Tohono O’odham Nation
  • Terry Rambler, Chairman of the San Carlos Apache Tribe
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National Congress of American Indians. "NCAI Forum: Protecting Tribal Lands and Sacred Places: Current Threats Across Indian Country". NCAI. June 29, 2020. Retreived on July 23, 2020 from: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g_DGzzlgkGo

Why citizen engagement and assessment matter to developing a tribal workforce

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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 tribal citizens and the nation as a whole. These mission critical aspects of workforce development have a direct bearing on the ability of tribal workforce development approaches to make a transformative, sustainable difference. The following explores two of those considerations: citizen engagement and assessment.

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NCAI PTG. 2018."Why citizen engagement and assessment matter to developing a tribal workforce." Indian Country Today. August 28, 2018. https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/opinion/why-citizen-engagement-…

Closing the loop and advancement are key to developing tribal workforces

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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 tribal citizens and the nation as a whole. These mission critical aspects of workforce development have a direct bearing on the ability of tribal workforce development approaches to make a transformative, sustainable difference. The following explores two of those considerations: closing the loop and advancement.

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NCAI PTG. 2018."Closing the loop and advancement are key to developing tribal workforces." Indian Country Today. September 11, 2018. https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/opinion/closing-the-loop-and-ad… 

Tribal Workforce Development: A Decision-Framing Toolkit

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This toolkit shares the main findings of NCAI’s multi-year research project examining the innovative approaches to workforce development that tribal nations along with Native organizations and tribal colleges and universities are forging, how they are achieving success (as they define it), and why. The project seeks to answer the following questions:

  • How are tribal nations working to create reliable, sustainable career – not just job – opportunities for tribal citizens that directly advance the long-term goals of the nations to which those citizens belong?
  • How are they investing in and preparing tribal citizens to succeed in particular careers that their nations need, and how are they creating pathways for those citizens to provide their nations meaningful returns on that investment?

To date, the project has produced a policy brief outlining 28 key ways that the federal government can support and empower tribal innovation in workforce development, as well as four in-depth case studies of leading tribal workforce development approaches. The following explores two of those considerations: removing obstacles and targeted solutions.

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NCAI Partnership for Tribal Governance. Tribal Workforce Development: A Decision-Framing Toolkit. Washington, D.C.: National Congress of American Indians. 2018.

Partnerships and sustainability are key to developing tribal workforces

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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 tribal citizens and the nation as a whole. These mission critical aspects of workforce development have a direct bearing on the ability of tribal workforce development approaches to make a transformative, sustainable difference. The following shares the final two considerations explored in the toolkit: partnerships and sustainability.

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NCAI PTG. 2018. "Partnerships and sustainability are key to developing tribal workforces." Indian Country Today. September 17, 2018. https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/news/partnerships-and-sustainab… 

Why leadership and funding matter to developing a tribal workforce

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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 for tribal citizens and the nation as a whole. These mission critical aspects of workforce development have a direct bearing on the ability of tribal workforce development approaches to make a transformative, sustainable difference. The following explores two of those considerations: leadership and funding.

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National Congress of American Indians. 2018. "Why leadership and funding matter to developing a tribal workforce." Indian Country Today. August 20, 2018. https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/opinion/ncai-ptg-in-its-multi-y…

Why strategic vision and integration matter to developing a tribal workforce

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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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NCAI’s Partnership for Tribal Governance. 2018. "Why strategic vision and integration matter to developing a tribal workforce." Indian Country Today. August 6, 2018. https://newsmaven.io/indiancountrytoday/opinion/why-strategic-vision-an…