NNI forms collaborative relationships with Native nations and organizations to advance Native nation building processes, analyze policy options, promote strategic thinking, and develop solutions to difficult governance and development problems. Staff and researchers from NNI work with individuals at these organizations to plan conferences and workshops, coordinate research efforts and share knowledge, and carry out many other projects. The organizations that NNI has current partnerships with include:

Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts). Conducts research, advisory services, and executive education, with the goal of understanding the conditions under which self-determined development is achieved among American Indian nations.

Morris K. Udall and Stewart L. Udall Foundation (Tucson, Arizona). Committed to teaching a new generation of Americans to preserve and protect their national heritage through studies in the environment, Native American health and tribal policy, and effective public policy conflict resolution.

Bush Foundation (Saint Paul, Minnesota). An independent, private foundation, with a goal to be a catalyst to shape the vibrant communities of Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.

Indigenous Peoples Law and Policy Program (The University of Arizona, Tucson, Arizona). An academic Master in Laws (LL.M.) program that promotes the protection and advancement of the human rights of American Indian and other Indigenous peoples of the world.

Native Governance Center (St. Paul, Minnesota). Carries forth the work of the Native Nation Rebuilders, a leadership development program established by the Bush Foundation in 2008. As of today, over 100 tribal citizens from all across the region have graduated from the program and have gone on to support nation-building projects within their communities.

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