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American Indian Policy Institute at
Arizona State University | Monthly Newsletter

 March 2020 Newsletter 

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AIPI at the NCAI Winter Session

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AIPI at the NCAI Winter Session 

From February 10-13th, AIPI Research and Policy Analyst Brian Howard attended the National Congress of American Indians Executive Council Winter Session (NCAI ECWS) meeting in Washington, DC. Prior to the NCAI ECWS meeting, the State of Indian Nations was provided by NCAI President Fawn Sharp (Quinault Nation). NCAI President Sharp stressed the importance of protecting Tribal Sovereignty, the dangerous effects of climate change on Tribal communities, and the need to protect the Indian Child Welfare Act. Congresswoman Deb Haaland (D-NM) provided the Congressional response, reiterating her commitment to champion legislation that strengthens Indian Country. NCAI sessions focused on prepping Tribal leaders for advocacy on Capitol Hill and listening sessions and consultations with federal agencies.
 

AIPI Attends NCAI Food Sovereignty Workshop 

AIPI Research and Policy Analyst Brian Howard attended an Agriculture Policy and Food Sovereignty Workshop hosted by the National Congress of American Indians and the University of Arkansas (UArk), Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative. Speakers included Mr. Zach Ducheneaux of the Intertribal Agriculture Council, Mr. Colby Duren of the UArk Indigenous Food and Agriculture Initiative, and Mr. Derrick Beetso, General Counsel of the National Congress of American Indians. Howard provided input regarding broadband connectivity and its applications for tribal agricultural development and wellness.
The Tribal Agricultural and Food Sovereignty Workshop was hosted in Choctaw, MS on February 25th. It featured workshops and meetings relevant to tribal agriculture and natural resources management.

Ittifatpoli (a message from our director) 

This year started off with a move to our new offices in the Chase Tower in Downtown Phoenix and we haven’t looked back since. As a part of our transition into the Watts College of Public Service and Community Solutions, our offices were moved from Tempe to the ASU Downtown Campus. 

We love our new location in the midst of all the city and state goings-on and right on the central corridor and light rail. It also makes it easy to get to the airport, a benefit we’ve already taken advantage of. In the last month, Brian Howard, AIPI’s Policy and Research Analyst has been to Washington DC for the NCAI Winter Session and to Choctaw, MS for the NCAI Agriculture Policy and Food Sovereignty Workshop.

This year, we’re also working on the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) Project. AIPI’s programmatic goals for the MMIWG Project are to 1) understand and report how crime data statistics flow from tribal-to-state-to-national incident-based reporting systems; 2) apply cultural qualitative inquiry to quantitative methods to derive actionable insights and outcomes from the crime data; 3) explore how algorithmic bias impacts crime reporting data attributable to MMIWG; and 4) focus on liberating government and tribal data sets of violence against women that can further development of tools and dashboards (data visualization) to make complex data sets “tell the story” of MMIWG. 

Thousands of Native American women go missing or are victims of violence every year, both on and off reservations, yet there is a lack of records and there are problems with racial misclassification in data reporting systems. Oftentimes, Native Americans are misclassified or are not racially classified at all. Accurate data tracking measures of MMIWG is a nationwide crisis according to the Urban Indian Health Institute. At AIPI we aim to be part of the solution.


 March 2020 

Indian Fair & Market Best of Show Reception | March 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. | Phoenix, AZ

58th Annual Mul-Chu-Tha Fair and Rodeo | March 6-8, 2020 | Gila River Indian Community
 
Heard Museum Guild 62nd Annual Indian Fair & Market | March 7-8, 2020 | Phoenix, AZ
 
Tribal Interior Budget Council | March 9-13, 2020 | Washington D.C.

Session 1: Beginning Navajo Weaving | March 16, 2020 | Phoenix Indian Center
 
Family Resource Night: Karaoke Night | March 18, 2020 | Phoenix Indian Center

34th Annual American Indian Student Art Show & Sale | March 27-30, 2020 | Phoenix, AZ
 
Fourth Periodic Meeting of the Treasury Tribal Advisory Committee | March 31, 2020 | Washington D.C.

 April 2020 

NAFOA 38th Annual Conference | April 5-7, 2020 | Nashville, TN
 
34th Annual Pow Wow at ASU | April 10-12, 2020 | Tempe, AZ
 
Symposium for American Indian Languages (SAIL) | April 17-18, 2020 | Tucson, AZ

Silver & Turquoise Ball | April 18, 2020 | Scottsdale, AZ

 May 2020 

Carlos Nakai Quartet | May 1, 2020 | Tucson, AZ

Indian Fair & Market Best of Show Reception | March 6, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. | Phoenix, AZ

Youth Job Readiness Training | May 22-23, 2020 | Phoenix Indian Center

Museum of Northern Arizona's Heritage Festivals: Zuni Festival | May 23-24, 2020 | Flagstaff, AZ

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