American Indian Issues Program

This program is designed to help both native and non-native students learn about current issues in Indian Country.

Young American Indian females smiling in front of their tribal proposals Shadow

Gain a greater understanding of Indian law and policy from experts! 

During this six-day/five-night program, students explore the connection between U.S. and Native American history. As students get an insider’s view of the U.S. political system and how it relates to policies affecting American Indian tribes, they gain the skills and attitudes they need to advocate for the issues most important to them and their tribes.  

 With Close Up, students have the opportunity to: 

  • Hear DC policymakers and experts unpack tribal issues at a native issues seminar; 
  • Explore the National Mall and its famous memorials and monuments to discuss the Native American impact on war efforts 
  • Visit the Smithsonian’s National Museum of the American Indian and examine the ways in which American Indians have been part of the national identity since before the country’s founding; and 
  • Debate the most pressing issues facing our nation in a Mock Congress. 

Participation in a Close Up program requires parent or guardian approval for any participant under 18 years of age. Learn how we keep all students safe, secure, and supervised on every program.




Washington, DC

Six-Day Program

Learn about American democracy first-hand during this in-depth exploration of the nation’s capital. Learn More >

Washington, DC

Four-Day Program

Explore the capital city in a fast-paced, four-day adventure! Learn More >

Premier Election Series & Inauguration

Experience the excitement of the next presidential election and inauguration up close in Washington, DC! Learn More >

Washington, DC & New York City

Examine the relationship between business and government while visiting two of America’s most important cities. Learn More >

Washington, DC & Williamsburg

Study the evolution of American democracy by stepping back in time in two historical cities. Learn More >

New Americans Program

Discover our nation’s diverse heritage in a DC program geared toward immigrant and migrant students. Learn More >

American Indian Focus Programs

Consider the issues facing Indian Country in one of three exclusive programs in the nation’s capital. Learn More >

Create Your Own Program

Partner with Close Up to design a customized experience for your school! Learn More >

Summer Programs

National Youth Impact Summit

In partnership with Stanford’s Deliberative Democracy Lab and NNSP, meet and deliberate with passionate students from across the country! Learn More >

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