A critical component in achieving the vision of NCAI’s Policy Research Center – to “support Indian Country in shaping its own future” – is to hold think tank conversations. These forums are internal, Indian Country discussions that tackle tough questions in a safe environment. They allow tribal leaders to shape their vision for the future of Native communities.
The development of an Indian Country think tank is a competitive advantage in political debates that determine the direction of future policy and the allocation of limited resources. A think tank can address the issues that are too politically volatile to address in other environments. Through this process, potential consequences of policy decisions are examined in detail. This allows for long-term tribal interests to be pursued and maximized.
In recent years the Center has held think tanks addressing Native youth suicide prevention and per capita revenue distributions (further information will be forthcoming). Planning for future think tanks is also well underway.
For more details on the unique features of the Center’s think tanks, click here.