To learn more about the Community Institutes, to participate, and/or if you are interested in partnering to convene an Institute, please contact our office at (505) 989-6303.


In the beginning stages of the development of the Community Institutes, the topics were chosen and guided by staff and advisors.  More recently, community organizations, non-profits, and institutional partners have actively requested to partner in convening Community Institutes related to their areas of interest.  The following is a list of past Community Institutes:

  • First Pueblo Women's Institute
  • Young Professionals Institute
  • Indigenous Evaluation Institute
  • Language Preservation Institute
  • Core Values Institute
  • UNM Health Sciences Students Institute
  • Agriculture Institute
  • School Leaders Institute
  • Tribal Youth Institute
  • Santa Clara Pueblo Youth and Families Institute
  • Tribal Librarian's Institute
  • Coalition of Educators for Native American Children Institute
  • Santa Fe Indian School Alumni Institute
  • Elder's Institute
  • Native American Independent Living Institute
  • Parent Advisory Council Institute
  • Center for Native American Health Institute
  • Santa Fe Indian School Strategic Planning Institute
  • Education Institute
  • Cancer Institute


What are community institutes?

The Leadership Institute, working with local and national partners, convenes two to three Community Institutes annually that reflect current policy concerns. Each Institute, drawing up to 40 invited participants, functions as a policy convener “think-tank.”

Community Institutes brings together men and women, Elders and youth, professionals and students, policy makers and Tribal leaders. Participants speak expertly about Institute topics—from education to health care—impacting the experiences of Indigenous people today. 

Throughout all Leadership Institute programs is a foundation that is culturally derived and community-based and represents Indigenous philosophies carefully developed and central to all The Leadership Institute programs:

1. Core Values 

2. 100 Years of Federal Indian Policy 

3. The question: “What will be your contribution?”

What will be your contribution?

As Co-Director, Regis Pecos states,

“History is cyclical. The same policies are re-imaged in a different form. To be fully conscious of what is happening, here are some thoughts for your consideration—That as dollars in this period of self-determination are being provided in unprecedented amounts, in order for those dollars to flow, they [federal/state government] are demanding that certain standards be provided. How are the decisions and policies we are contributing to supporting our core values or how are the decisions and policies we’re making consciously or unconsciously taking us further away from our core values as it relates to governance and the maintenance and restoration of relationships in our communities? How are the decisions we’re making with regard to choices and the kinds of economic development supporting our core values or moving us further away from our core values? What kind of caretakers will our children become?”

Based in the Pueblo Indian belief that all community members are gifted in various domains (speech/language, mechanical/technical, heart/generosity/, etc), the essential question then becomes how each community member will use their gifts to benefit the Tribal community, the nation and the world.

Each program within The Leadership Institute framework challenges generations of participants with this notion of giftedness, Core Values, policy flux, and cultural reciprocity.