Indigenous Leadership Fellows 

About the Program 

The Native Nations Institute’s Indigenous Leadership Fellows Program is designed to broaden Native nations’ awareness of what it takes to exercise effective self-governance and achieve sustainable community and economic development by documenting the experiences and perspectives of key leaders of breakaway Native nations.

Fellows spend time in residence at the Udall Center, enabling NNI to gain valuable insight into the wisdom, knowledge, innovation, and resiliency Native leaders have demonstrated on behalf of their nations. In turn, NNI disseminates the critical lessons these leaders share with other Native nations who are confronting the tremendous challenges of nation building.


John Petrosky, 2013
General Counsel of the Grand Traverse Band of Ottawa and Chippewa Indians

Frank Ettawageshik, 2010
Former Chairman, Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians

Rae Nell Vaughn, 2009
Former Chief Justice, Mississippi Choctaw Supreme Court

Jamie Fullmer, 2008
Former Chairman, Yavapai-Apache Nation

Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell, 2008
Grand Chief, Mohawk Council of Akwesasne


Ian Record, Ph.D., Manager

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