Emerging Indigenous Leaders Institute
The Emerging Indigenous Leaders Institute (EILI) is a program designed to cultivate a new generation of leadership committed to the protection and perpetuation of the rights, culture, and lifeways of Indigenous peoples. The EILI is founded on the principle of Indigenous-centered education and creates the opportunity for young Indigenous peoples to ground themselves in their own Indigenous knowledge systems, and utilize their culture as the foundation for learning and knowing.
The program develops transformative leaders who will make positive change in relation to their communities in a constructive manner. Indigenous leaders in service to their community must exemplify certain values such as respect, honor, compassion, and love for their people and land. They must also be able to think critically about our current realities and envision a future that benefits us all. A responsible leader is accountable to his or her community. The Numu (Paiute) word “poinabe” actually means one who speaks for the people and the rest of the natural world.