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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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Principles of Native Nation Rebuilding

The term rebuilding honors the fact that Native people and nations already have the tools they need to succeed. The rebuilding framework simply puts these tools into a common language. At its core, rebuilding is about using Indigenous knowledge and values to solve modern-day problems in a way that makes sense to the nation. It’s essential to differentiate between the Native nation rebuilding approach and the standard approach. The standard approach refers to an unstrategic, unempowered, rushed, and oftentimes unfair, way of solving problems. Changemakers working to implement Native nation rebuilding can draw upon their communities’ inherent strengths to overcome the standard approach and design a future that reflects Indigenous innovation and wisdom. 

Beyond Land Acknowledgment: A Guide

Native Governance Center held an event on moving beyond land acknowledgment on August 25, 2021.

Indigenous Financial Management

Informed leadership and strong financial management practices are crucial components for effective self-governance, something we refer to as nation rebuilding. Nation rebuilding is the process of leaving behind ineffective models of Tribal governance, or the standard approach, and rebuilding culturally-relevant governance institutions through five established elements of success: sovereignty, capable governing institutions, cultural match, strategic orientation, and spirited leadership.

How to Talk about Native Nations: A Guide

Using appropriate terminology to talk about Native nations shows respect for nations’ sovereignty. It also contributes toward Native narrative change. Because language is so important we decided to create an online guide.

Beyond Land Acknowledgment Event Recording

Have you ever heard a land acknowledgment statement and thought, “What’s next?” Are you looking…

Language Matters: How to Talk about Native Nations Explainer Video

Do you ever feel hesitant when searching for appropriate language to use to talk about…