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Native American Strategic Plan Available for Review

December 12, 2018

To the UW community:

A draft Native American and Indigenous Affairs (NAIA) strategic plan for the University of Wyoming has been prepared and posted for review by the university community. It can be found here.

This plan is the work product of a diverse and dedicated 17-person subcommittee of the UW Native American Affairs Advisory Committee. Commencing in February 2018, the process of drafting the plan has involved conducting 15 listening sessions on main campus and the Wind River Indian Reservation. In addition, the subcommittee has undertaken comparative research on Native American and indigenous affairs policies and initiatives of 27 select higher-education institutions within the United States and abroad. It has been a labor of love.

The draft NAIA strategic plan dovetails with UW’s university-wide strategic plan, “Breaking Through: 2017-2022.” Mindful of the rich presence of Native American peoples within Wyoming for centuries prior to UW’s founding in 1887, the NAIA strategic plan expresses deep gratitude for our Native American alums on the Wind River Indian Reservation and elsewhere, and heartfelt enthusiasm for future generations of Native American and other indigenous students.

The plan aims to meet the needs of these students and their respective communities with an innovative, integrated approach to teaching, research and service. UW intends to be a leader among higher-education institutions in these respects, and in this role to promote the cultural integrity, economic development, political self-determination and social well-being of Native American and other indigenous peoples.

Input on the draft NAIA strategic plan is welcomed from members of the university community between now and Friday, Jan. 11. A refined draft will be produced after this date for review across the Wind River Indian Reservation community. Please email your input and any associated questions to Professor Jason Robison at the UW College of Law,


Laurie S. Nichols, President


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