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Signing Ceremony for CIPP between GW and AT&T with two men in suits shaking hands with two more men in the background

Left to Right: Tom Brooks (Mohawk Nation), AT&T’s vice president of external affairs, with former GW President Steven Knapp, at the signing ceremony launching the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics & Policy (AT&T CIPP) at GW.

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.

AT&T CIPP, based in the College of Professional Studies, builds upon GW’s longstanding focus on politics and policy together with more than a decade of programming in this area focused specifically on issues facing American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities. As the political landscape evolves, AT&T CIPP’s goal is to help strengthen policy in support of Indigenous Peoples and tribal sovereignty.

AT&T CIPP researches key issues facing Indigenous communities and best practices to alleviate these challenges through political means; enhances and assists Indigenous youth and tribal leaders’ understanding of Native American issues and policy from a political perspective; and promotes public awareness of issues of importance to Indigenous communities.

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Funding was made possible from generous contributions from AT&T and grants from the AT&T Foundation.


"AT&T has a long history of supporting Indian Country, and we’re proud to be a part of initiatives that are improving Native communities’ quality of life by creating the leaders and workforce of tomorrow."

Tom Brooks

Vice President of External Affairs, AT&T

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Elizabeth Rule
Director, AT&T CIPP

Elizabeth Rule, Ph.D. is the Director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy, the Academic Director of the Semester in Washington Politics Program, an Assistant Professor of Professional Studies, and the Faculty-in-Residence at Madison Hall. She has lectured, presented, and taught courses related to Native American Studies nationally and internationally and is working on a book manuscript, Reproducing Resistance. Elizabeth is an enrolled member of the Chickasaw Nation.

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Mackenzie Neal
Program Associate, AT&T CIPP

Mackenzie Neal is a Program Associate with the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy and currently coordinates admissions, internships, and day-to-day programming for the Native American Political Leadership Program, the Semester in Washington Politics Program, and the INSPIRE Pre-College Program. She manages the Center's digital presence and supports a range of external relations and community advocacy activities. Mackenzie is an enrolled member of the Quapaw Nation and is also of Seneca, Osage, and Choctaw descent. 

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Greg Lebel
Director Emeritus, AT&T CIPP

Greg Lebel is the founder and Director Emeritus of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy, the Native American Political Leadership Program, the INSPIRE Pre-College Program, and the Semester in Washington Politics Program. Mr. Lebel has over forty-five years of experience managing educational programs, political campaigns, and non-profit organizations. He has taught at the graduate and undergraduate levels for over thirty years.

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