Update on NAPLP and INSPIRE Programs

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Dear Friends:

Our Summer 2021 Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) cohort has concluded and I want to thank Dr. Elizabeth Rule, Mackenzie Neal, our wonderful students, and of course AT&T, plus many of you for making it a success.

Providing our programming over the past year has been a challenge, given that an in-person component has always been at its core. Our AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy (CIPP) staff did a great job quickly and thoughtfully pivoting NAPLP to an online format, and many thanks to AT&T for supporting that necessary and unprecedented shift.

With the departure of Dr. Rule, who has moved on to new opportunities at American University, and with other transitions occurring at GW, we have an opportunity to evaluate the work of the Center, including NAPLP and INSPIRE (our summer pre-college program), and to spend the coming year developing a sustainable plan for the Center that ensures the same level of excellence and relevance that has long been associated with these programs. Accordingly, we will be pausing our programs and focusing on that work.

Critical to this effort will be gaining guidance from members of the CIPP community about what work they would like to see the Center focus on, what changes they recommend regarding programming, structure, and leadership, as well as any other feedback. 

To that end, Director Emeritus Greg Lebel has graciously volunteered to assist me in identifying people to participate in a transition committee this fall. I am extremely excited to gather the group soon and talk about all things CIPP.

I greatly appreciate your patience with and support of this effort and look forward to continuing to engage with you as our work progresses throughout the year. 


Melissa R. Feuer
Interim Dean
College of Professional Studies
The George Washington University