The Bush Foundation region includes 23 sovereign, politically distinct Native nations with unique governments, histories and challenges. Our approach to working with these nations is grounded in Native nation rebuilding, the idea that Native nations have a dramatically better chance of achieving their goals if they have governments that
- are culturally legitimate,
- exercise sovereignty effectively,
- set long-term visions,
- have public spirited leaders and
- build institutions to implement these ideals.
Our approach is intended to be consistent with self-determination, where we will collaborate with the tribal leaders on individual tribal agendas for strengthening their governing systems. Our key partner in this work is the Native Nations Institute, an organization based in the University of Arizona’s Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy.
What we're learning
Lessons Learned from the Native Nations Initiative
June 15, 2015