Professional Associations

The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development (NCAIED)

This organization works to develop and expand Indian Country’s private sector by promoting the employment of Native Americans, increasing the number of tribal and individual business enterprises and by establishing business relationships between Native American entrepreneurs and private industry.

http://ncaied.org/about-ncaied/

 

Native American Financial Official Association (NAFOA)

NAFOA supports the advancement of independent and culturally vibrant American Indian and Alaska Native communities. NAFOA launched over three decades ago as the Native American Finance Officers Association to highlight the role of tribal finance in fostering economic opportunities.

https://www.nafoa.org/about

 

American Indian Business Leaders (AIBL)

A non-profit organization dedicated to empowering business students. Their programs are designed to engage students in activities that stimulate, enhance, and expand educational experiences beyond traditional academic methods.

https://www.aibl.org/

 

Native American Business Alliance (NABA)

NABA represents Indian-owned stores in Long Island, NY. These shops are the primary employer of hundreds of Long Island Indians and put revenue back into the reservation and the local non-Indian community on a daily basis.

http://www.supportnativebusiness.com/

National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA)

This association promotes and supports Native American students, nurses, and allied health professionals.

http://nanainanurses.com/

Native American Journalists Association (NAJA) 

NAJA works to increase the number of Native American journalists in mainstream media. The association educates and unifies its membership through proactive journalism programs that promote diversity and defends challenges to free press, speech and expression.

http://www.naja.com/about/

 

National Native American Bar Association

NNABA shares many of the same goals of diversity and increased understanding of unique cultural and legal issues with minority bar associations. Member attorneys and judges help to protect the sovereignty of Native American tribal governments.

http://www.nativeamericanbar.org/

National Native American Law Enforcement Association

The mission of the NNALEA is to promote and foster mutual cooperation between American Indian Law Enforcement Officers/Agents/Personnel, their agencies, tribes, private industry and the general public.

http://nnalea.org/wordpress1/

California Indian Basketweavers Association

CIBA’s mission is to preserve, promote, and perpetuate California Indian basket weaving traditions while providing a social, spiritual and healthy environment for basketweavers. They work to create a network of basketweavers who support one another, with the goal of passing the tradition to future generations.

https://ciba.org/

East Tennessee Indian League

An organization chartered by the state of Tennessee to “promote American Indian heritage through education and cultural activities.” The League strives to help the public see a more accurate depiction of Native Americans, and to appreciate their heritage, culture, and contributions. The Tennessee Commission of Indian Affairs has recognized the League as an official Native American organization.

http://www.angelfire.com/tn3/etil/index.htm

Four Winds Intertribal Society, Inc.

Four Winds was chartered in Kileen, Texas. Its goals include providing a means for Native Americans in the area to connect with other Native Americans and to provide non-Native Americans the opportunity to learn about Native culture.

http://fourwindstx.blogspot.com/

Indian Arts & Crafts Association

The Indian Arts and Crafts Association (IACA) is a not-for-profit organization established in 1974 to support the ethical promotion and protection of authentic Native American art and culture. IACA works to stop fraud and abuse within the marketplace through education, publicity, and use of its logo to indicate authenticity. IACA supports and works for the protection of indigenous art worldwide.

https://www.firstamericantraders.com/education/indian-arts-and-crafts-association/

Native American Association of Germany 

Native Americans and Powwows in Germany? On the pages of their website, the Native American Association of Germany provides information on topics relevant Native Americans, and informs the international community about Indian Country’s affairs.

http://www.naaog.de/

 

American Indian Library Association

The organization strives to strengthen the content of Native American-themed materials in libraries, and addresses the library needs of Native Americans.

http://ailanet.org/

Association of American Indian Physicians

AAIP aims to increase the number of Native American medical practitioners, and improve the overall health of the community.

https://www.aaip.org/

California Indian Storytelling Association

This organization strives to foster a creative community where Native American storytellers come together to share their histories.

http://cistory.blogspot.com/

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals

This organization works to create a healthier environment to help ensure strong, self-sustaining Native communities. It uses the resources at Northern Arizona University to accomplish goals.

http://www7.nau.edu/itep/main/Home/

National Association of Tribal Historic Preservation Officers

The overall purpose of this organization is to ensure the preservation of Native American traditions and culture. They closely monitor the government’s activities which affect tribal communities and their effectiveness.

http://nathpo.org/

National Indian Education Association

NIEA brings Native educators together with hopes to improve schools and the education of children. They also influence policymakers, positively impacting the educational sector.

http://www.niea.org/

National Society for American Indian Elderly

One of the major goals of this organization is to preserve Native American history and cultural values. They do this by preserving photographs as well as archiving and transcribing oral traditions. They also support groups which aid in the physical needs of Native American elders.

http://www.nsaie.org/

Native American Fish and Wildlife Society

A national Native American non-profit organization, the Native American Fish & Wildlife Society, serves as a communication medium for self-determined Native American fish and wildlife managers.

https://www.nafws.org/

Native American Art Studies Association

This organization works to encourage the presentation of Native American art, and to promote study and the exchange of ideas.

https://nativearts.org/

Traditional Native American Farmers Association

TNAFA’s mission is to revitalize traditional agriculture for spiritual and human need, by creating awareness and support for Native environmental issues.

http://www.tnafa.org/

Council for Native American Farming and Ranching

The United States Department of Agriculture's Council for Native American Farming and Ranching (CNAFR) was created to advise the Secretary on ways to eliminate barriers to participation for Native American Farmers and Ranchers in USDA programs.

https://www.usda.gov/our-agency/staff-offices/office-tribal-relations-otr/council-native-american-farming-and-ranching

Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission

The Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) is a natural resources management support service organization for 20 treaty Indian tribes in western Washington.

https://nwifc.org/

Native American Water Association

This non-profit association works to enhance Tribal Sovereignty by promoting a clean and self-sustaining environment. They also provide training on water and wastewater management.

http://www.nawainc.org/wordpress/

Native American Capital (NAC) 

Native-owned, NAC specializes in enterprise-level financing as a way to encourage business within the Native community.

http://nativeamericancapital.com/about

 

National Native American Law Students Association

Founded in 1970, the association was founded to support law students who express an interest in tribal related law/government.

https://www.nationalnalsa.org/

Native American Enterprise Initiative

This initiative scrutinizes economic policy and its effect on Native American communities. It founded a coalition of tribes across the country as a way to advocate on behalf of Native economic interests.

https://www.uschamber.com/native-american-enterprise-initiative

Native American Lawyers Association of San Diego County

The mission of the association is to encourage and support Native American attorneys, judges, law professors and law students, and legal professionals and law students who practice or maintain an interest in Indian law.

http://nalasd.org/

Society of American Indian Government Employees

Formed in 2002, SAIGE is the first national non-profit organization representing American Indian and Alaska Native (AI/AN) Federal, Tribal, State, and local government employees. SAIGE provides a forum on the issues, challenges, and opportunities of AI/ANs in the government workforce (including Tribal governments) and works to foster a professional network among AI/AN government employees.

https://saige.org

Diversity Best Practices

Diversity Best Practices (DBP) is non-Native, but considered the preeminent organization for diversity thought leaders to share best practices and develop innovative solutions for cultural change. Through research, resources, benchmarking, publications and events, they offer members information and strategies on how to implement, grow, measure and create first-in-class diversity programs. DBP promotes a listing of well-known Native American groups and annually devotes a section of their website to commemorate Heritage Month, which brings awareness to the annual celebration.

https://www.diversitybestpractices.com/

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