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Traci Morris, the Director of the American Indian Policy Institute at Arizona State University is a member of the Chickasaw Nation of Oklahoma. Under her leadership, the AIPI has grown and diversified its service to Indian Country via an MOU formalizing a long-standing partnership with the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) and forming the Tribal Economic Leadership Program offering training in tribal economic governance and tribal financial management; access to entrepreneurship training and tribal business support through Inno-Nations; economic development consulting; and the formalization of the institute via by-laws and an advisory board comprised of both internal Arizona State University leadership and external tribal and non-tribal leadership.
In her work at both ASU and prior, Morris has worked with Native American tribes; tribal businesses; Native American non-profits; native media makers, artists and galleries; written a college-accredited curriculum in Native American new media; and has advocated for digital inclusion at the Federal Communications Commission and on Capitol Hill.
Morris’ research and publications on Native American media and the digital divide is focused on Internet use, digital inclusion, network neutrality, digital and new media curriculums, digital inclusion and development of broadband networks in Indian Country. Her book, "Native American Voices: A Reader," continues to be a primary teaching tool in colleges throughout the country.