We are excited to announce that the Leadership Institute was selected as one of the ten finalist for Honoring Nations 2010! Our program is one of 102 other outstanding programs throughout Indian Country  recognized by Honoring Nations over the past 12 years. As a finalist, we were invited to the final round of evaluation and honoring ceremony held on November 15-16, 2010 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  This event coincided with the annual National Congress of the American Indian conference held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  On Tuesday, November 16, each of the ten finalists made a ten-minute presentation to the Honoring Nations Board of Governors, followed by five minutes of questions and answers.  Following these presentations, the Honoring Nations Board of Governors selected their five High Honors recipients and five Honors recipients.

We were honored to share information about our Community Institutes, Summer Policy Academy programs, and new programs development, that include Brave Girls and American Indian Higher Education Resources (AIHER).  During our presentation, we also announced all our partners, faculty for the Summer Policy Academy, and community supporters.

We are proud to announce that The Leadership Institute/Summer Policy Academy received one of five High Honors awards from the Honoring Nations Board.  Thank you to all our students, partners, faculty, communities, the Santa Fe Indian School, and the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development.

The following ten programs were honored from then Harvard University's Honoring Nations program:

High Honors

  • Air Quality Program - Gila River Indian Community
  • Citizen Potawatomi Nation Constitutional Reform - Citizen Potawatomi Nation
  • Coast Salish Gathering - Swinomish Indian Tribal Community
  • Leadership Institute at the Santa Fe Indian School - Santa Fe Indian School, AIPC
  • Newtok Relocation Effort - Native Village of Network


  • California Fee-to-Trust Consortium - Elk Valley Rancheria
  • CTUIR Public Transit - Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
  • Joint Tribal-State Jurisdiction - Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe
  • Oneida Advocacy Through Investment Holdings - Oneida Nation of Wisconsin
  • Project Pueblo:  Economic Development Revitalization Project - Ysleta del Sur Pueblo

Photos from the event will be posted soon.  To learn more about Honoring Nations and it's programming, click here