The Executive Director of the American Indian Policy Institute will address tribal leaders at the National Congress of American Indians Mid-Year Gathering in Alaska


ANCHORINGTo the., June 9, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — About June 14dr. Traci MorrisPh.D., Executive Director of Arizona State University American Indian Policy Institute (AIPI), will introduce and moderate a discussion with tribal leaders, Beyond tribal self-determinationat the first general meeting of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2022 Mid-Year Conference in Anchorage, Alaska. Additionally, Morris will be a panelist in a discussion on the challenges of establishing broadband infrastructure titled Missed connections: The importance of robust broadband and cellular networks.

“I am honored to be invited to participate in the NCAI Mid-Year Conference and look forward to hearing what tribal leaders have to say at the first general meeting,” said Dr. Traci MorrisPh.D. “NCAI conferences provide a crucial space where we can work together to uphold tribal sovereignty.”

Additionally, Morris and a cohort representing AIPI will be participating in the Telecommunications and Technology Subcommittee meetings throughout the week.

The 2022 NCAI Midyear Conference will be held in person for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic. The conference engages tribal leaders, NCAI members, indigenous youth and partners to meet and discuss critical issues impacting Indian Country.

The conference will take place June 12-16 at the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center in Anchoring, on the theme “Thinking beyond self-determination”. For more information, visit

About the dr. Traci Morrisdoctorate

Dr. Morris, executive director of the American Indian Policy (AIPI) Institute at Arizona State Universityis a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Under his leadership, AIPI has grown and diversified its services to Indian countries providing policy analysis, tribal-focused research and economic development capacity building and working with Indian country partners such as NCAI, NAFOA and AISES.

In his work at ASU and before, Morris has worked with Native American nations, tribal businesses, and Native American nonprofits. Morris is a strong advocate for digital inclusion and equity and a national expert on tribal broadband and access, testifying at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill.

Morris’ research and publications focus on internet usage, digital inclusion, net neutrality, digital equity and the development of broadband networks in Indian country. She directed and co-wrote the groundbreaking Tribal Technology Assessment: The State of Internet Service on tribal lands in 2019. His book, Native American voices: a reader, continues to be a primary teaching tool in middle schools across the country.

About AIPI:

The American Indian Policy Institute is an Indigenous-led and staffed research institute in Arizona State University, whose work supports tribal communities and indigenous peoples nationwide. We do this by creating scholarly research, analyzing and developing policy on key Indian Country issues, and building capacity within a lifelong learning ecosystem.

AIPI was established in 2006 with a commitment to conduct tribal-led participatory research in which tribal governments identify their own research needs and seek collaborations with the university.

AIPI’s fundamental commitment to Indian Country focuses on new directions and initiatives centered on sovereignty, community service, dedication to research and learning through public service, and support for tribal communities and leaders to find solutions while allowing AIPI to be part of the solution to shape new strategies for Indian Country.

About the NCAI

The National Congress of American Indians, founded in 1944, is the oldest, largest, and most representative Native American and Alaska Native organization serving the general interests of tribal governments and communities.

SOURCE ASU’s American Indian Policy Institute


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