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Phoenix, AZ. (Date) – The American Indian Policy Institute’s (AIPI) Indigenous Leadership Academy (ILA) has once again been invited to participate in the Reservation Economic Summit (RES), in Las Vegas, Nevada, hosted by the National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (The National Center) March 11-14, 2024.

The ILA program has developed a new model of understanding the future of “Indigeneity” in leadership. Those in attendance at the RES 2024 conference in Las Vegas are invited to attend the final ILA module of its spring cohort on Monday, March 11, 2024,  from 9 am to 1 pm at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.

“We are elated to partner with the National Center for the second year in a row. Because of this collaboration, we will host the final module of our fifth cohort at the RES 2024 conference in March,” said Dr. Traci Morris, AIPI executive director. “Our partnerships with The National Center, JP Morgan Chase, Wells Fargo, and especially our founding funder Arizona Public Service (APS), which has been a partner of the ILA since 2021, are excited to once again bring the Spring 2024 ILA cohort to a national platform.”

The ILA is a nationwide program for emerging Indigenous leaders committed to building the next generation of Tribal leaders. It is the first program of its kind that is inclusive of Indigenous leadership principles. Situating these ideas within the context of leadership is critical for Tribal governments, communities, nonprofits, and enterprises, which face different challenges than non-Indigenous entities. Applications for cohort five will be open on November 17, 2023. Follow AIPI for more information. Apply early, spaces are limited.

“The National Center is thrilled to partner with the AIPI’s Indigenous Leadership Academy,” said Chris James, President, and CEO of The National Center. “Our organizations share a common goal of growing and supporting the next generation of Indigenous leaders. Working together will help us reach and cultivate an even larger audience.”

RES 2024, which is themed “Strength in Unity” is The National Center’s annual conference. It features high-caliber networking opportunities, business development sessions, one-on-one consulting, and notable keynote speakers, all centered around American Indian Enterprise. The event features tribal leaders, members of Congress, federal agency representatives, state and local officials, and top CEOs. To register for RES, including ILA’s final module for its Spring cohort, please click here.

About AIPI

The American Indian Policy Institute supports Tribal sovereignty through examination, exploration, & elevation. The American Indian Policy Institute is an Indigenous-led and staffed research institute at Arizona State University, whose work supports Tribal communities and Indigenous peoples nationwide. We do this by creating academic research focused on key issues in Indian Country, and by analyzing and developing policy on the key issues of Indian Country, and by building capacity within an ecosystem of lifelong learning.  AIPI’s research expertise and focus is substantively on broadband technology and digital equity, with expertise in tribal telecommunications, communications policy, and newly emerging systems as they impact sovereign Tribal nations.

About APS

APS serves more than 1.3 million homes and businesses in 11 of Arizona’s 15 counties, and is a leader in delivering affordable, clean and reliable energy in the Southwest. The company is committed to serving customers with 100% clean power by 2050. As owner and operator of Palo Verde Generating Station, the nation’s largest producer of carbon-free electricity, and with one of the country’s most substantial renewable energy portfolios, APS’s current energy mix is 50% clean. With headquarters in Phoenix, APS is the principal subsidiary of Pinnacle West Capital Corp. (NYSE: PNW).

 About The National Center

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. With over 50 years of assisting American Indian Tribes and their enterprises with business and economic development – The National Center has evolved into the largest national Indian specific business organization in the nation serving over 500 clients and providing over $4 billion in contracts to its clients. The National Center has nine offices throughout the nation with its home office located in Mesa, Arizona. The National Center is actively engaged in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals and are dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people – both now…and for generations to come.

About JP Morgan Chase

J.P. Morgan is a leader in investment banking, commercial banking, financial transaction processing and asset management. We serve millions of customers, predominantly in the U.S., and many of the world’s most prominent corporate, institutional and government clients globally. Through continued investments, business initiatives and philanthropic commitments, we aim to help our employees, customers, clients and communities grow and thrive. J.P. Morgan is a global leader in financial services, offering solutions to the world’s most important corporations, governments and institutions in more than 100 countries. As announced in early 2018, JPMorgan Chase will deploy $1.75 billion in philanthropic capital around the world by 2023. We also lead volunteer service activities for employees in local communities by utilizing our many resources, including those that stem from access to capital, economies of scale, global reach and expertise.

Wells Fargo

Wells Fargo’s Invest Native Initiative is a $20 million commitment aimed at building a more equitable and prosperous future for Native Americans through strengthening Housing Access and Affordability, Small Business Growth, Financial Health and Sustainability & Climate Resilience in communities in Arizona, Montana, New Mexico, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Wyoming.