TUCSON, Ariz. — Building effective governments, developing strong
economies that fit a variety of cultures and circumstances, solving
difficult social problems, and balancing cultural integrity and change —
these are just a few of the challenges facing contemporary Native nations
across the United States and Canada.
These nation-building challenges will be the focus of a new 10-part radio
series debuting on Native Nations Institute Radio, an initiative of the
Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy at the
University of Arizona. The weekly series, titled “Native Nation Building,”
will be broadcast nationally over a five-week period beginning Jan. 24
through the AIROS Native Radio Network and its tribal and public radio
affiliates across the United States and Canada. NNI Curriculum Development
Manager Ian Record is the series’ producer.
“The ‘Native Nation Building’ program shares with Native people as well as
the general public the governance and development lessons that NNI has
learned through two decades of community-based research with Native
nations,” said NNI Director Manley A. Begay Jr., Navajo. “It examines
where, how and why nation-building is currently taking place, in particular
the fundamental issues governing these nations’ efforts to exercise their
sovereignty, restore their economic vitality, and shape their own futures.”
Featuring an accomplished group of guests that ranges from governmental,
business and community leaders to scholars and educators, the roundtable
interview program chronicles the growing number of nation-building success
stories currently taking hold across Indian country and explores the roots
of those successes. Each 30-minute segment can stand alone, but taken
together, the series offers a comprehensive overview of the ways Native
nations are working to make self-determined community and economic
development a reality.
The “Native Nation Building” series features: An Introduction to Nation
Building; Constitutions and Constitutional Reform; Why the Rule of Law and
Tribal Justice Systems Matter; Building and Sustaining Tribal Enterprises;
Promoting Tribal Citizen Entrepreneurs; A Capable Bureaucracy: The Key to
Good Government; Tribal Service Delivery: Meeting Citizens’ Needs;
Intergovernmental and Intertribal Relations; Strategy and Leadership: The
Path to Self-Determination; and Moving Towards Nation Building.
For more information about “Native Nation Building,” including Web-cast
feed times, a place to sign up for podcasts and a list of AIROS affiliates,
visit www.nativeradio.org or www.nni.arizona.edu/nniradio.
AIROS Native Radio Network is funded by Native American Public