Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation has singled out several Indian country initiatives in honoring 25 government-related programs.
The center has recognized the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program (ANSEP) of Anchorage, the Yukon River Inter-Tribal Watershed Council, Fairbanks, Alaska and a Department of Housing and Urban Development program that is helping the Oglala Lakota tribe of South Dakota.
The Ash Center on May 1 named a total of 25 government programs as semi-finalists for awards which will be given later this year. Four finalists and the Innovation in American Government Award winner will be named in the fall.
Kate Hoagland, communications manager for the Ash Center, said the impetus for the program was “to shed a light on governments that are doing really good work.”
Does that include tribal governments? “Absolutely,” she said. Hoagland revealed that three tribal government programs have won the award since 1990.