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Building a Network of Leaders

Native Governance Center provides leadership development opportunities for Indigenous changemakers through the Native Nation Rebuilders Program.​ We built this program for citizens of the 23 Native nations in our region who have a passion for learning about innovative Tribal governance practices and ways to take these ideas and approaches to their own Native nations to make a positive difference. The program is a two-year commitment. After graduation, we support program alumni through additional learning opportunities.

During year one, ​Rebuilders ​expand their networks​ ​and learn leadership skills grounded in Indigenous values. They develop and implement action plans​ (projects focused on strengthening and rebuilding their nations​) during their second year. We also provide one-on-one coaching, full cohort check-ins, and additional training during year two. 

The goal of ​the program is to strengthen Native leadership and equip changemakers with Indigenized tools and frameworks they can use to help rebuild their nations. 

Enrolled citizens of the 23 Native nations sharing​ geography​ with Mni Sota Makoce, North Dakota and South Dakota are eligible to apply​. ​Over 150 Native changemakers from across the region have graduated from the program​.

​Learn more about how to apply and find forms on our Applications page.

Rebuilders List

Find a complete list of Rebuilders with year of participation and Tribal affiliation.