About CIPP

The AT&T Center for Indigenous Politics and Policy (CIPP) will continue the University’s engagement with indigenous populations through its Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP), that provides full scholarships to Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian undergraduate and graduate students to study in residence at GW. 
 
NAPLP students engage in credit-bearing coursework designed to deepen their understanding of the American political process in its electoral and legislative forms, and the role the system plays in the determination of their communities’ wellbeing. They are paired with mentors – usually young Native professionals who are GW alumni.
 
The educational experience is enhanced by professional internships and weekly networking events in which students have the opportunity to interact with decision-makers in national policy and with leaders of Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian advocacy organizations.
 
Over the past ten years we have developed strong collaborative and strategic relationships with key groups advocating on the national level on behalf of Native issues. Students attend Washington-based meetings and issue briefings, and participate in larger coalitional efforts initiated by these organizations.
 
The University’s related program geared towards Native high school students is theINSPIRE Native Teens Initiative. INSPIRE brings high school students from Native communities for a three-week summer session during which they study politics and policy making from both the federal and tribal perspectives. Students who successfully complete the program earn three undergraduate credits.