Career Resources for Native Americans/First Peoples




First Nations Development Institute – This organization’s mission is to strengthen American Indian economies and support healthy Native communities. This is accomplished by investing in and creating innovative institutions and models that strengthen asset control and support economic development for American Indian people and their communities.

College Horizons, Students - This is a program designed for Native American, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian high school sophomores and juniors. The College Horizons organization is deeply committed to helping students like you become experts on the college application and admissions process. This is accomplished by offering a summer admissions workshop focused on demystifying the college application process and exploring college options for Native students.

U.S. Department of Education, Office of Indian Education - The mission of the Office of Indian Education is to support the efforts of local educational agencies, Indian tribes and organizations, postsecondary institutions, and other entities to meet the unique cultural, language, and educational needs of such students; and ensure that all students meet the challenging State academic standards.

Native American Youth Magazine – This online magazine is a fantastic resource for those of Native American descent, providing a host of information on scholarships, education programs and internships available. Native Youth Magazine also focuses on Native American history, fashion, events and media along with highlighting Native American businesses.

Center for Community College Student Engagement, Student Experiences at Tribal Colleges – For American Indian and Alaska Native students, an environment where kinship and history provide the foundation of learning is important to educational outcomes. Tribal colleges and universities can be explored in this .pdf file sponsored by CCCSE.

Institute of Education Science, Preparing American Indian Students for College and Career Readiness – Testing and test preparation guides, data, facts, curriculum, planning, and more are available by the IES in the form of a .pdf file for prospective college student preparation while finishing up the high school years.


Jobs and Grants

USA Jobs, Native Americans – If you are an American Indian or an Alaskan Native who is also a member of one of the federally recognized tribes, you may be eligible for Indian Preference in your job search. This webpage of the US Government USA Jobs website will help you to determine eligibility and to find a respective job.

U.S. Department of the Interior, Indian Affairs, Jobs – This division serves federally recognized tribal governments to operate programs that benefit their communities. There are opportunities to join the ranks of the Indian Affairs mission via employment, leadership training and internships.


Networking and Associations

Indigenous World – This organization is an accessible online resource for engaging the unique arts, cultures, ideas and identities of original peoples. It is powered and supported by the expertise and unity of Native peoples.

American Indigenous Business Leaders - AIBL was designed by American Indigenous business and education leaders to focus on promoting opportunities for American Indian students.

ColorComm - ColorComm is an essential organization for women of color in all areas of communications including Public Relations, Corporate Communications, Advertising Print Media, Broadcast, Digital and more.

American Indian Science and Engineering Society – This organization was founded in 1977 and currently has over 5,600 members. It aims to promote high standards of education and professional excellence to widen the STEM workforce and grow sector support.

Administration for Native Americans - ANA supports Native American communities by providing financial assistance and capacity building, gathering and sharing data, and advocating for improved policies within Health and Human Services and across the federal government.

First in the Family –You may want to take a look at this website and check out the tips, planning checklists, videos, hard facts and words of inspiration from first generation students who have gone before you.

National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA) – NANAINA is a committed group of persons from every corner of the country, dedicated to the health and well-being of the American Indian and Alaska Native people. Their members are nurses, non-nurses, serving or not in communities and programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives.

Native American Financial Official Association (NAFOA) – This organization’s mission is to improve the quality of financial and business management of tribal governments, their entities and their businesses.


Startups and Entrepreneurs

Disadvantaged Business Enterprise Program - The primary remedial goal and objective of the DBE program is to level the playing field by providing small businesses owned and controlled by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals a fair opportunity to compete for federally funded transportation contracts.

Native American Business Incubator Network – This organization offers workshops and a boot camp for would-be entrepreneurs using a cohort model. A digital networking platform provides access to other Native American entrepreneurs and mentors.

SBA, Office of Native Affairs – This federal government office has as its mission to ensure that American Indians, Alaska Natives and Native Hawaiians seeking to create, develop and expand small businesses have full access to the necessary business development and expansion tools available through the Agency’s entrepreneurial development, lending and procurement programs.

National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development – Here is an organization that may be able to help guide you in your business venture. It aims to actively engage in helping Tribal Nations and Native business people realize their business goals. This organization is dedicated to putting the whole of Indian Country to work to better the lives of American Indian people- both now… and for generations to come.

Tribal Link Foundation - The Indigenous Entrepreneurship Program supported by the Tribal Link Foundation is comprised of two pillars: working with indigenous peoples to develop livelihood strategies such as entrepreneurial ideas and projects, and assisting with capacity building, training, and support to bring their products to market.