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News about the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy (AT&T CIPP), the Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) and the INSPIRE Pre-College Program. 

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GW Develops a ‘Guide to Indigenous D.C.’

A new tool will help visitors to Washington, D.C., discover the historic and contemporary landmarks of those who inhabited the city’s land before its development as the nation’s capital. “Guide to Indigenous D.C.” is a free mobile app developed by AT&T CIPP in collaboration with the American Indian Alaska Native Tourism Association.
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Smithsonian Museum Director Speaks at GW about Native American History and Policymaking

Kevin Gover, the director of the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian, discussed his career and problems with the way Native American history is taught at a lecture in late April. His presentation was the keynote lecture of the Indigenous America University Seminar, a programming initiative led by Dr. Elizbeth Rule, assistant director for the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics & Policy (AT&T CIPP).
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GW Panel Talks about Engaging Youth in Politics

The panel featured U.S. Reps. Will Hurd (R-Texas) and Deb Haaland (D-N.M.) and was titled “More Than a Vote” and was sponsored by the GW Graduate School of Political Management in collaboration with the School of Media and Public Affairs and the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy. The panel also included Lara Brown, director of GSPM.
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Congratulations to Dr. Elizabeth Rule

Congratulations to CPS faculty member Elizabeth Rule who successfully defended her dissertation in December 2018 and completed her Ph.D. in American Studies at Brown University.

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New Website Launched for AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics & Policy

The AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics & Policy (AT&T CIPP) launched a new website in January.

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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.
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The silent epidemic: Indigenous ELCA women combat gender injustice and violence

Living Lutheran -"Native American women are murdered at a rate 10 times the national average in many U.S. counties, according to a report funded by the U.S.

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.

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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.
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Secretary Zinke Visits with Native American High School Students

U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and Principal Deputy Secretary for Indian Affairs John Tahsuda met with a group of native high school students who were attending the INSPIRE Pre-College Program to learn about intergovernmental relations between tribal governments and the federal government.
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NAPLP Students Learn from Native Lawyer & Playwright Mary Katherine Nagle

Students and faculty from CIPP have crossed paths with the extraordinary Mary Katherine Nagle, a local lawyer and playwright, in multiple ways lately. They have learned from her unique legal expertise and been inspired by her Native American play.
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Wendy Helgemo to Lead Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy

Wendy Helgemo has joined GW as the inaugural director of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy (CIPP), a GW-based research and advocacy center that provides support to tribal leaders and promotes public awareness on issues of national significance to indigenous communities.
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AT&T Helps Establish GW Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy

Indigenous peoples will soon have a new resource to help their voices be heard in Washington, D.C. with the launch of the AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics & Policy (CIPP) at George Washington University.
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GW Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians

The George Washington University announced today it signed a memorandum of understanding with the Agua Caliente Band of Cahuilla Indians to establish the Richard M. Milanovich Fellowship to provide funding for Native American students who are members of federally recognized California tribes to study, live and work in Washington, D.C., through GW's Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP).