Nation Building II

The Native Americans in the 21st Century: Nation Building II course addresses current issues facing Native & Indigenous nations or organizations and requires students to work directly with a client to conduct research or provide scholarly support to a project proposed by that client. These projects are a partnership between the community client and our students and provide an opportunity to study contemporary issues facing Indigenous nations and communities.

Full Course Description (HKS Site)

Recent Syllabus (PDF)


Propose a Project

Recent Projects


  • Ka’ananiau, Managing the Beauty of Time, Waianae, Hawai’i 
  • Intertribal Agriculture Council:  CDFI Agricultural Lending, Billings, Montana
  • Santa Clara Pueblo:  Kha’p’o Community Endowment, Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico 
  • Chippewa Cree Business Development, Box Elder, Montana 
  • Mapping Suicide Prevention Services, New Mexico 
  • Metrics for STEM K-12 Education, Brimley, Michigan 
  • Ho-Chunk:  Multi-Generational Treatment Options, Black River Falls, Wisconsin
  • Strategies to Prevent Financial Exploitation of Tribal Elders, Fort Hall, Idaho
  • Sacred Site Protection, New Mexico 
  • Southern Ute Indian Tribe:  Cannabis Business Plan, Southern Ute Indian Tribe, Colorado
  • Navajo Nation Business Development, Window Rock, Arizona 


  • Toward Energy Sovereignty: Investigating Renewable Energy Investment for the Chippewa Cree Tribe on the Rocky Boy’s Reservation, Box Elder, Montana 
  • Youth Hockey and Health Outcome Project, Canada 
  • GLIFWC Member Tribe Groundwater Governance Report 2021, Great Lakes Indian Fish and Wildlife Commission, Wisconsin, Michigan & Minnesota 
  • Santa Clara Pueblo and the 2021 New Mexico Legislative Session: Policy and Financial Analysis, Santa Clara Pueblo, New Mexico
  • New Mexico Indian Affairs, Missing & Murdered Indigenous Women & Relatives Task Force, New Mexico
  • Overcoming the Distance:  New Mexico Tribal Behavioral and Mental Health Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, New Mexico
  • Igyaramiuni Ciunerkaput: Stewardship Vision and Land Management Strategies for the Village of Igiugig, Igiugig, Alaska
  • Dual Taxation on Navajo Land Legal Frameworks and Economic Implications, Window Rock, Arizona
  • Quapaw Nation Land Use Plan, Quapaw Nation, Oklahoma