Students in AIS will gain comprehensive knowledge in four key areas: 1) tribal policy, politics, and administration 2) indigenous environmental science, health, and management 3) cultural resource management, indigenous knowledge, and expressive culture and 4) sustainable economic development and indigenous entrepreneurship.
Tribal policy, politics, and administration Accordion Closed
AIS graduates will be able to effectively serve as administrators of key government service departments and programs within tribal governments, such as planning departments, environmental, education, and related social service departments.
Tribal governments are distinct from federal, state and county governments, requiring knowledge and skills beyond those taught in topic specific areas such as education, environmental science, or planning. The focus area in tribal policy, politics and administration provides students with the necessary knowledge and tools in federal Indian policy and intergovernmental relations to operate effectively within a tribal government. Students will be prepared to serve as policy analysts for elected tribal officials, or Indigenous non-governmental organizations at the local, regional, or national level. Students will also be able to assert and implement the administration of treaty rights and rights of Indigenous peoples under international laws and norms, including those spelled out in the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.