The Bush Foundation in St. Paul, Minnesota, is accepting applications for the Native Nation Rebuilders program, a training initiative that strengthens leadership and nation-building skills for emerging or existing leaders in the twenty-three Native nations the foundation serves — those that share the same geography as Minnesota, North Dakota, and South Dakota.
Launched in December 2009, the program is the foundation’s response to many tribal leaders who told it that developing and supporting emerging Native leaders, as well as existing leaders, will be crucial to their nations’ success over the long term.
Training is led by national experts on Native self-determination from the Native Nations Institute at the University of Arizona and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development, both of which work to help Native nations realize their political, economic, and community development objectives.
During the first six months of the two-year program, participants will have access to ideas and information, peer networks, leadership training, and other resources. Participants will then use these tools and newly acquired skills to implement action plans and engage in practical nation-building projects within their communities.
To be eligible, applicants must be at least 25 years of age, an enrolled citizen of one of the twenty-three Native nations, live on or near his or her nation’s lands (or in urban communities), and significantly engaged in his or her nation’s work.
For complete program information and eligibility and application guidelines, see the Bush Foundation website.