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AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics & Policy

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About the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics & Policy

The AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy (AT&T CIPP) is a University-based center whose purpose is to research issues, assist and provide support to tribal leaders, and promote public awareness on issues of national political significance to Indigenous communities, including public health, adequate housing, economic security and education. 

More Info About the Center

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NAPLP students in front of the U.S. Capitol Building

Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP)

The NAPLP Program provides full academic scholarships for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian undergraduate and graduate students to experience a semester at GW learning about the public policy decision-making process, governmental functions and politics in a democratic society. 

A group shot of 10 high school students partcipating in the Inspire Program posed in the US Senate building in front of wood paneled background

INSPIRE Pre-College Program

The INSPIRE Pre-College Program is a full scholarship program open to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian rising junior and senior high school students, who want to spend 3-weeks at GW learning about intergovernmental relations between tribal governments and the federal government.

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Abigail Echo-Hawk (l) and Annita Lucchesi (r) present their research on missing and slain indigenous women and girls.

Experts Discuss Missing Indigenous Women at GW

A newly released report from the Urban Indian Health Institute (UIHI) aims to bring to light more than 500 stories of missing and slain indigenous women and girls in cities across the U.S. The previous lack of data contributes to a false perception that the issue does not impact American Indian and Alaska Native women living off of reservations. GW’s AT&T CIPP partnered with UIHI to host their research briefing event at GW.
Indigenous Footwear from the Great Basin Tribes, Reno, Nevada (Photo: Wendy Helgemo).

October 8: Is it Columbus Day or Indigenous Peoples’ Day?

The second Monday in October has traditionally been celebrated as Columbus Day, but a growing movement is recognizing it as Indigenous Peoples’ Day.

Wendy Helgemo receiving alumni award at St. Olaf's College

Wendy Helgemo Receives St. Olaf College Alumni Award

Congratulations to Ms. Wendy Helgemo, Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy, on receiving the Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Olaf College for her work as an advocate for Native Americans.