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Native Governance Center creates accessible, introductory-level resources on a variety of topics related to sovereignty, governance, and nation rebuilding. We encourage you to browse, download, and share our resources with your networks! We regularly add new resources to this page, so don’t forget to check back in the future.

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The 2020 Census at Red Lake Nation

The census has a dismal record of undercounting certain population groups, in particular Native Americans residing on reservations. On top of this long-standing failure, the 2020 census faced two unprecedented challenges: the COVID-19 pandemic and political interference by the Trump administration. For Native communities across the country, the result was a net undercount of 5.64%. At Red Lake Nation in northwestern Mni Sota Makoce (Minnesota), however, through outstanding leadership and a series of actions that embody Native nation rebuilding principles, Red Lake Nation achieved a count of 100% of known housing units.

A Lesson on BQ (Blood Quantum) Podcast

Wayne Ducheneaux II and Sally Fineday speak with the Counter Stories team about blood quantum.

Sovereignty and Outdoor Spaces Event Recording

Native nations are using their sovereignty to reclaim and reimagine outdoor recreation and tourism. Watch this recording of our June 2022 event to learn about Indigenous-designed outdoor recreation efforts and how non-Indigenous folks can recreate responsibly.

Tribal Civics: A Guide for Fostering Engagement

A Tribal civics initiative is a formal or informal learning opportunity for Tribal citizens to learn about their people’s history, cultural values and practices, traditional forms of governance, and current governmental structure and administration. This guide is for Indigenous youth, educators, knowledge keepers, grassroots and elected leaders; it’s for anyone who aspires to create and implement a Tribal civics engagement plan for their nation. This resource is available to download as a PDF.

Blood Quantum and Sovereignty: A Guide

Blood quantum is a complicated, controversial, and personal topic that has major implications for citizenship and belonging in Indian Country.

Blood Quantum and Sovereignty

What is blood quantum, and why is it controversial? Watch our event recording to learn more.