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Sovereignty Matters

The Future of Nation Building

When Native nations make their own decisions about what development approaches to take, they consistently out-perform external decision makers—on matters as diverse as governmental form, natural resource management, economic development, health care and social service provision.


Students at the Leadership Institute, Honoring Nations 2010 Awardee


This year's commencement land acknowledgment was a first at the Kennedy School! Also, watch the awards ceremony of excellence in tribal governance, and learn about the 2021 Honoring Nations awardees!

Indigenous artist beading crafts, Honoring Nations 2005 Awardee

Tools for Tribal Leaders

Explore Nation Building Toolboxes to learn strategies and gain resources from tribal nations across Indian Country to strengthen governance. 

Land Acknowledgement

The Harvard Project acknowledges the land on which Harvard University sits is the traditional territory of the Massachusett people, and is a place which has long served as a site of meeting and exchange among nations.  We also recognize the continuing presence of the neighboring Wampanoag and Nipmuc peoples. 

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