American Indian Policy Institute

Supporting Tribal sovereignty through examination, exploration and elevation

Shaping communities

The American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI), a college-level unit within ASU’s Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law, focuses on building strong ties to Indigenous urban and rural governments and communities through emerging trends and tribally driven innovative democratic practices. 

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American Indian Policy Institute and National Congress of American Indians Launch the Center for Tribal Digital Sovereignty

The American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) at the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University and the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) announced the launch of the Center for Tribal Digital Sovereignty, the first and only center in the nation dedicated to providing Tribal governments leadership and communities with the resources and support needed to establish a digital sovereignty plan. This groundbreaking partnership, revealed during the NCAI 2024 Mid Year Convention & Marketplace, marks a significant milestone in supporting Tribal Nations in navigating the complexities of digital sovereignty.

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AIPI Seats 4 New Advisory Board Members

The American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI) is pleased to announce the addition of four top tier Tribal and community leaders to the AIPI Advisory Board as the organization continues to evolve and expand. 

Sherry TreppaDallin MaybeeAngela Gonzales, and Denise E. Bates have joined the board, bringing with them extensive experience and innovative perspectives at a pivotal moment in AIPI’s history, particularly following the establishment of the new Center for Tribal Digital Sovereignty in collaboration with the National Congress of American Indians. Notably, AIPI became a part of the Sandra Day O’Connor College of Law at Arizona State University earlier this year.

Treppa, Maybee, Gonzales and Bates join a board with members from esteemed organizations like the National Congress of American Indians, the Inter-Tribal Council of Arizona, the American Indian Science and Engineering Society, Tribal Broadband Bootcamp and many more. 

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Indigenous Leadership Academy Spring 2024 Cohort
The Spring 2024 Indigenous Leadership Academy Cohort at the Reservation Economic Summit in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Indigenous Leadership Academy

AIPI is growing emerging Indigenous leaders to aid our communities. Feedback from our program participants and Tribal leaders supports AIPI’s philosophy that the ILA is more than just a local program-it is a national leadership program. Between 2022 and 2023, AIPI has hosted four successful cohorts with two more in 2024. Participants unanimously agree one of the most valuable skills acquired increased confidence when presenting ideas in Indigenous and non-Indigenous spaces. The tools given at the ILA help lay the groundwork for participants to serve as community advocates to implement projects while using Indigenous thought and techniques derived from cultural frameworks that value connectedness and sustainability. The application for the Fall 2024 Cohort opens July 1. 

ILA Fall 2024 Application

Latest blog posts


At the intersection of Law & Policy in Indian Education

July 23, 2024  /  Brooke Curleyhair

Intro In the governance and regulation of society, law and policy play distinct yet essential roles. While both maintain order and guide behavior,…

Education Policy


Unrelenting Litigation? The Supreme Court’s Overruling of Chevron in Loper Bright Enterprises & Relentless, Inc. and What’s Next for Tribes

July 8, 2024  /  Tim Evans

The decision in  Loper Bright Enterprises v. Raimondo. is just as impactful as the U.S. Supreme Court overturning Roe v. Wade,  its ruling…

Indian Country  Legislation  Governance  Sovereignty


Policy Explainer: Digital Equity Act Programs Update

June 24, 2024  /  EJ John

The Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (Bipartisan Infrastructure Law or BIL) created several new programs to expand broadband access. The BIL…

Broadband  Digital Divide  Legislation

AIPI acknowledges that the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at ASU sits on the ancestral homelands the Akimel O’odham (Pima). 



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