Award-Winning First Innovations Initiative
~ Initiative for American Indian Sustainability
Indian Country Today
spotlights First Innovation Program.Native American Students Learn Entrepreneurial Skills at ASU
An intensive four-day program hosted by the American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI)
in the classroomFirst Innovations rekindles
entrepreneurial spirit in the classroom
ASU 2011 Presidential Award for Innovation
awarded to First InnovationsASU 2011 Presidential Award for Innovation
awarded to First Innovations Initiative recognizes the enthusiasm of the students as well as successful collaboration between ASU & Tribal Government.
Summer 2012 Internship
Natl. Center for American Indian Enterprise Development, 2012 Internship siteSummer 2012 Internship
Students will work with native-owned businesses, tribal enterprises or tribal organizations to identify key challenges and opportunities.
Overview & Goals
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The First Innovations Initiative - is built on the value of long-term American Indian sustainability, with curriculum designed to introduce sustainability entrepreneurship that sees culture as a well-spring of innovation. Leaping beyond teaching students how to start small businesses, First Innovations students in addition, focus on high-impact thinking. It is high-impact thinking, enterprises and businesses that will be the economic engines of Tribal Nations.
The First Innovations Initiative is a collaboration between the ASU American Indian Policy Institute and American Indian Studies.
The core trans-disciplinary team includes:
- Fonda Walters, Ed.D., Senior Research Analyst, American Indian Policy Institute & Faculty Research Associate, American Indian Studies
- John Takamura, Asst. Professor, Herberger Institute for Design & the Arts
- Eddie F. Brown, DSW, Professor, American Indian Studies & Executive Director, American Indian Policy Institute
- Patricia Mariella, Ph.D. Director, American Indian Policy Institute