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Master of Science in Native American Leadership (MSNAL)

The Native American Leadership program  provides an academically challenging educational opportunity for students to develop the leadership skills, historical knowledge, and cultural acumen to lead Indigenous / Native American organizations and organizations that serve Native Americans.

The MSNAL degree was uniquely designed in partnership with Tribal leaders and is intended to provide students with the knowledge and skills to lead effectively in Indigenous / Native American organizations or organizations that interact with Indigenous / Native American populations. The MSNAL degree prepares students to become culturally adept, effective leaders. Equipping them for leadership and management positions in a wide variety of sectors including tribal, private, non-profit and public. MSNAL students and alumni are tribal leaders; business leaders; managers of non-profit organizations; leaders in economic development, tourism and hospitality; directors of Education programs; as well as directors of cultural preservation, social services, and healthcare programs.

The Master of Science in Native American Leadership (MSNAL) explores traditional and modern concepts of leadership within the context of Tribal sovereignty, Nation-building, survivance, and Indigenous resilience, as they apply to historical and present-day opportunities and challenges facing Indigenous / Native American nations, organizations, and individuals. The MSNAL program focuses on Indigenous forms of leadership in: Indian education, tribal government, cultural preservation and revitalization, economic development, community development, tribal justice, social services, and healthcare.

This degree includes interdisciplinary Leadership and Native American / Indigenous Studies courses related to the complexity and diversity of the cultures and histories of Native American peoples. The program will: provide students with the knowledge and understanding to assess the unique relationships between and among U.S. tribes and the U.S. government; encourage students to develop a deeper appreciation of the contributions of Native American peoples to the global society; provide students with an understanding of the challenges confronting tribal nations; and enhance the ability of students to formulate innovative solutions to those challenges.

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