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Strengthening Governments, Strengthening Communities, Strengthening Families

A forum to build knowledge, understanding, and relationships for the advancement of Tribal Governments in Alaska


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STEPHEN CORNELL

Native Nations Institute

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Richard Peterson

Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska

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JACK F. TROPE

Casey Family Programs

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What is Native Nation Building?

Nation building refers to efforts Native nations make to increase their capacities for self-rule and for self-determined, sustainable community and economic development.

 

Nation building involves building institutions of self-government that are culturally appropriate to the nation and that are effective in addressing the nation’s challenges. It involves developing the nation's capacity to make timely, strategically informed decisions about its affairs and to implement those decisions. It involves a comprehensive effort to rebuild societies that work.

 

In other words, a nation-building approach understands that tribes are not merely interest groups, but governing nations confronting classic problems of human societies.


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