A forum to build knowledge, understanding, and relationships for the advancement of Tribal Governments in Alaska
Native Nations Institute
Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska
Casey Family Programs
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.