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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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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…

Language Matters: How to Talk about Native Nations Event Recording

Should I say Native American, Indigenous, or American Indian? Is it ok to use the…

What is Native Narrative Change Explainer Video

Indigenous people are tackling invisibility and stereotypes through the Native narrative change movement. Based in…

Native Nations Listening Tour Report

In 2016, shortly after our founding, our executive director met with 21 of the 23 Native nations in Mni Sota Makoce, South Dakota, and North Dakota. He also visited with staff from the Great Plains Tribal Chairman’s Association and the Minnesota Indian Affairs Council. These visits were an opportunity to introduce Native Governance Center to Native nations. We also gathered preliminary data on Native nations’ top governance and sovereignty-related priorities. We used this information to inform the initial design of our Tribal Governance Support program.