The Institute for Tribal Government in the Mark O. Hatfield School of Government, College of Urban and Public Affairs at Portland State University, has developed an educational program in tribal governance. As part of this effort, the Institute is videotaping the oral histories of contemporary tribal leaders who have been active in the struggle for tribal sovereignty, self-determination, and treaty rights. The leadership themes presented in these unique videos provide a rich resource that can be used by present and future generations of Tribes, students in Native American studies programs, and other interested groups
The Ambassadors Program is the only leadership initiative in the United States encouraging participants to weave their respective traditional tribal values into a contemporary reality. The Ambassadors Program provides a creative combination of mentorship, personal reflection, dialogue with national decision-makers, community involvement, communications training, and a discovery process into tribal values.
The Kellogg Leadership for Community Change program seeks to capitalize on a variety of social, economic, cultural and experiential criteria during the process of defining and identifying leaders. The Foundation’s goal is to strengthen communities by helping individuals who are already engaged in community stewardship to recognize themselves and others as leaders, and then develop the shared leadership expertise that allows them to work across a range of backgrounds and perspectives.
NNI’s mission is to assist in the building of capable Native nations that can effectively pursue and ultimately realize their own political, economic, and community development objectives. This national building effort is the central focus of NNI’s programs.
The purpose of the Horizons project is reduction in poverty (in the areas including financial, traditional values, physical, spiritual, mental, relationships, social system, and role models) in small rural communities confronting economic decline and demographic change.