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Becoming Visible: A Landscape Analysis of State Efforts to Provide Native American Education for All

October 1, 2019

Native Americans are unfortunately invisible to many. Most Americans likely have attended or currentlyattend a school where information about Native Americans is either completely absent from theclassroom or relegated to brief mentions, negative information, or inaccurate stereotypes. This resultsin an enduring and damaging narrative regarding Native peoples, tribal nations, and their citizens.Even though some exceptional efforts are happening around the country to bring accurate, culturallyresponsive, tribally specific, and contemporary content about Native Americans into mainstreameducation systems, much work remains to be done.This report is an analysis of the landscape of current state efforts to bring high-quality educationalcontent about Native peoples and communities into all kindergarten to 12th grade (K-12) classroomsacross the United States. 

First Kids 1st Data Resource Book: Helping Native Youth Thrive Through Research and Data

June 1, 2019

The First Kids 1st team believes that the solutions and systems of support for Native youth to thrive reside in four main areas: Healthy Lifestyles; Successful Students; Supportive Environments; and Vibrant Communities.The four areas in the First Kids 1st Data Indicator Framework align with socio-ecological  models that encourage efforts and interventions to focus on individual, social, and environmental factors. Examples of these factors include individual, interpersonal, organizational, community, and public policy factors to promote change in individuals (McLeroy, 1988). While the impacts of these areas all interact with each other, the First Kids 1 st team chose these four areas to help define some clear areas for intervention to help Native youth thrive.

The Tribal Nations and the United States: An Introduction 2019 edition

May 1, 2019

The guide "Tribal Nations and the United States: An Introduction" developed by the National Congress of American Indians seeks to provide a basic overview of the history and underlying principles of tribal governance. The guide also provides introductory information about tribal governments and American Indian and Alaska Native people today. The purpose of the guide is to ensure that policy decision makers at the local, state, and federal level understand their relationship to tribal governments as part of the American family of governments. Additionally, this guide provides the information necessary for members of the public at large to understand and engage effectively with contemporary Indian Nations.

2018 NCAI Mid Year Policy Update

June 6, 2018

This report provides information on legislations that impact the tribal communities. 

Tribal Workforce Development: A Decision-Framing Toolkit

June 6, 2018

This toolkit shares the main findings of NCAI's multi-year research project examining the innovative approaches to    workforce development that tribal nations along with Native organizations and tribal colleges and universities are forging, how they are achieving success (as they define it), and why.

Violence Against American Indian and Alaska Native Women

February 1, 2018

The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) has released a new report summarizing results of the first five years of tribal government-expanded criminal jurisdiction over non-Indians under the tribal provisions of the 2013 reauthorization of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA 2013)

Education Choice for Indian Country: Supporting Tribal Decision Making for Schools and Students

January 1, 2018

The state of education for American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth is evolving. In order to create solutions, we must first define the problem. Compared to their peers at a national level, AI/AN students are not seeing the same growth in educational attainment, regardless of where they attend school. Despite a perception that all AI/AN students attend Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) schools, only about 8 percent attend BIE schools, and over 90 percent of AI/AN students attend public schools.The purpose of this toolkit is to provide tribal nations the information and tools they need to assume more responsibility and oversight of the education of youth in their communities 

Native Children’s Policy Agenda: A Publication of the First Kids 1st Initiative

March 1, 2017

In this Policy Agenda, we identify guiding policy principles for improving the lives of Native children and provide concrete recommendations for implementation. We have grouped these principles into four overarching themes: Healthy Lifestyles, Supportive Environments, Su ccessful Students, and Vibrant Communities. Within each theme, we identify specific areas of focus and set forth specific Tribal strategies and policy objectives to improve the lives of Native children and youth.

Workforce Development: Gila River Indian Community

January 1, 2017

A growing number of tribal nations are designing innovative approaches to cultivate the abilities of their citizens to successfully pursue careers that will empower those nations to create the futures they seek. NCAI's Partnership for Tribal Governance (PTG) has embarked on a project that works collaboratively with selected tribal nations to document their innovative approaches and share them with Indian Country. The following presents the story of the Gila River Indian Community in Arizona, the fourth of four "Innovation Spotlight" case studies that PTG developed as part of this project. The four case studies were followed by a workforce development toolkit for tribal leaders and key decision-makers, which was released in 2018. The toolkit explores common challenges and emerging trends in tribal workforce development, and also presents lessons learned, policy recommendations, and questions to consider for tribal leaders and workforce development practitioners.

Tribal Infrastructure: Investing in Indian Country for a Stronger America

January 1, 2017

The following initial report presents a data ‐ supported sampling of the nature and gravity of the unmet infrastructure needs that Indian Country currently faces, and the vast economic promise that Tribal Nations can unlock when properly resourced and properly equipped with the right instruments for self ‐ determined, effective action. It is intended to serve as foundational context for the emerging dialogue between Tribal Nations and the new Administration and Congress about how best to revitalize and empower the infrastructure of Indian Country and the nation as a whole, and the seminal role that Tribal Nations can and should play as primary decision ‐ making partners in this process.

We are Strong Nations: 2016-2017 Annual Report

January 1, 2017

This annual report outlines NCAI's work. 

Empowering Tribal Workforce Development - Indian Country's Policy Recommendation for the Federal Government

October 1, 2016

This brief presents a list of key policy recommendations for the federal government as it supports tribal nations, Native organizations, and Tribal Colleges and Universities (TCUs) as they design, refine, and strengthen their workforce development efforts. It is not an exhaustive list; rather, it features Indian Country's primary recommendations for actions that the federal government can take to empower tribal workforce development.