Native Leadership Institute Training

Event description: 

September 15-18, 2022


We’re hosting our next Native Leadership Institute (NLI) training in September! This virtual training will bring together Indigenous leaders from across the country who aspire to elected office at all levels of government. Grounded in Indigenous culture and values, this training provides the tools, resources, mentorship, and community to help you take the next step towards running for office.

What is it? A 4-day, virtual training from September 15 - 18, 2022.

Who is it for? Indigenous leaders who aspire to run for elected office in the United States, and have a demonstrated connection to their communities and a commitment to uplifting tribal sovereignty and Native power.

What will the training cover? This is an introductory training meant to provide you with the skills needed to run an effective campaign for office while leading with our shared Indigenous values. Here are few of the major topics that we’ll cover:

Messaging & Communications
Public Speaking
Media Training
Organizing & Mobilizing
Power Building
Campaign Timelines & Budgets
Campaign Strategy
Political Data & Technology
Digital Organizing
Finding Your ‘Why’
Understanding Sovereignty, Liberation, & Decolonization
Self-care, Personal Support, & Guidance

We have a few spots left in our upcoming class, and we invite you to apply! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, so even if you aren’t accepted into the fall cohort, we will still reach out to schedule an interview with you for a future class.
Apply here.

If you have any questions, please reach out to us at You can also nominate a Native leader who you think should run for office here.


Jordan James Harvill (Cherokee, Choctaw)
National Program Director, Advance Native Political Leadership