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Project on Indigenous Governance and Development

Working to understand and foster the conditions for sustained, self-determined social and economic development among American Indian nations.

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Sovereignty matters.

After decades of being shut out from resources that help communities achieve flourishing economies, societies, and educational opportunities, Native Nations are now undergoing a remarkable renaissance.

This resurgence is powered by a movement to exercise rights to self-determination on matters like government structure, natural resource management, economic development, health care, and social service provision.

The Project on Indigenous Governance at the Harvard Kennedy School is working alongside these Nations to deepen this movement by equipping Indigenous peoples with the tools they need to govern effectively and to strengthen their economic, social, and cultural fabrics.

Meet the Team


Joseph Kalt
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Joseph Kalt

Ford Foundation Professor of International Political Economy, Emeritus

Megan Minoka Hill

Megan Minoka Hill

Senior Program Director, Project on Indigenous Governance and Development; Director, Honoring Nations

Melissa Yazzie

Melissa Yazzie

Assistant Director, Outreach and Communications, Project on Indigenous Governance and Development

Eleanore Lammers-Lewis

Eleanore Lammers-Lewis

Program and Faculty Assistant, Project on Indigenous Governance and Development

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Tribal Sovereignty in Focus Back-to-School Reading List
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Tribal Sovereignty in Focus Back-to-School Reading List

Back-to-school recommended reads from the Harvard Project on Indigenous Governance and Development include books, articles, and podcasts that highlight Indigenous governance narratives.

 

For 25 years students have been learning that ‘sovereignty matters’ as part of a Harvard University course on tribal self-determination
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For 25 years students have been learning that ‘sovereignty matters’ as part of a Harvard University course on tribal self-determination

Every year, “Native Americans in the 21st Century: Nation Building I” brings students from around the world to learn where and when tribal sovereignty leads to improved economic, social, and cultural outcomes for Indigenous nations.

Stay updated on the Project on Indigenous Governance and Development’s most recent work

New research on the impacts of restrictions on the applicability of federal Indian policy to the Wabanaki Nations in Maine
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New research on the impacts of restrictions on the applicability of federal Indian policy to the Wabanaki Nations in Maine

A team of researchers from the Harvard Kennedy School today released a research report documenting the costs to the Wabanaki Nations in Maine and to Maine’s non-tribal citizens of the state’s being screened off from federal policies of Indian self-determination and self-governance.

Researchers with Harvard Project Examine Federal and State Landback Options for Tribal Nations
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Researchers with Harvard Project Examine Federal and State Landback Options for Tribal Nations

Researchers from the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development (Harvard Project) released a policy brief outlining how to identify lands historically belonging to Indian nations that could be returned by the U.S. federal and state government—a process commonly referred to as landback.

Considerations for Federal and State Landback
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Policy Brief

Considerations for Federal and State Landback

This policy brief showcases how geographic information system (GIS) techniques can be used to identify public and/or protected land in relation to current and historic reservation boundaries, and presents maps showcasing the scope of landback opportunities.

Lessons from and for Indian Country
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Lessons from and for Indian Country

Joel Chastain MC/MPA 2022 is taking lessons learned from the Chickasaw Nation and Harvard Kennedy School to promote tribal economic development.