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Native American Organizations

Professional Organizations

Law and Criminal Justice

  • National Native American Bar Association
  • Minnesota American Indian Bar Association: MAIBA is a non-profit organization of American Indian attorneys, law students, and officers of tribal courts. The organization also weLComes non-Indian attorneys and law students who are interested in Indian law.  
  • Native American Bar Association of Arizona: NABA-AZ has enjoyed a successful and exciting first year. Our organization now includes more than 50 members who work in many aspects of the legal profession. Our members work in-house and within firms, in academia and government service and include many tribal attorneys.  
  • National American Indian Court Judges: The National American Indian Court Judges Association (NAICJA) is a non-profit organization primarily devoted to the support of American Indian and Alaska Native justice systems through education, information sharing and advocacy. The Association adopted Articles of Incorporation in 1969 and received federal non-profit tax status under section 501(c)(3) in 1973. Its membership is primarily judges, justices and peacemakers serving in tribal justice systems. NAICJA is governed by written Association By-Laws. Management and direction of the Association is carried out by an elected Board of Directors. The Association periodically issues Annual Reports.  
  • Colorado Indian Bar Association: CIBA promotes the development of Indian Law for the maximum benefit of Indian people; strives toward justice and effective legal representation for all Indian people; provides a forum for Native Americans to become more involved in the local and national issues affecting Indian people; provides networking and support to encourage Native Americans to pursue careers in the law; and promotes the nomination of Native Americans for judicial appointments. CIBA regularly supports events that promote community awareness and education on Native American issues and/or American Indian law. 
  • California Indian Law Association:CILA is dedicated to enhancing the legal profession and tribal justice systems in California by promoting professional growth, high standards of professional competence and ethical conduct. CILA seeks to provide quality educational programs to Indian law practitioners, tribal justice personnel, law students and the public. The organization also works to promote the study of Indian law and related topics in public and higher education and to provide guidance and assistance, through mentoring, scholarships and other activities, Native American students in their pursuit of law studies and the legal profession.


  • Association of American Indian Physcians:AAIP's mission is to pursue excellence in Native American health care by promoting education in the medical disciplines, honoring traditional healing principles and restoring the balance of mind, body, and spirit.
  • National Alaskan Native American Indian Nurses Association:NANAINA exemplifies excellence in nursing through outreach, self-determination, and research by using traditions and innovation to achieve health equity. NANAINA unites American Indian/Alaska Native nurses and those who care for AN/AI people to improve the health and well being of American Indian/Alaska Native people.
  • Native American Rehabilitation Association of the Northwest:The mission of NARA, NW is to provide education, physical and mental health services and substance abuse treatment that is culturally appropriate to American Indians, Alaska Natives and other vulnerable people.
  • Latin American and Native American Medical Association (University of Michigan):LANAMA was founded in 1985 to provide a more weLComing environment for our Native American and Latino/a medical students at the University of Michigan Medical School. Beyond nurturing an atmosphere of la familia, we are committed to increasing the enrollment and success of Latino/a and Native medical students through our community outreach and other service efforts. Our commitments to recruitment and community service are driven by the pressing need to address the alarming health disparities of the Latino and Native communities.

Engineering and Science

  • American Indian Science and Ingineering Society:AISES substantially increases the representation of American Indian and Alaska Natives in engineering, science and other related technology fields. Through a variety of educational programs, AISES offers financial, academic and cultural support to American Indians and Alaska Natives from middle school through graduate school. 

Business/Entrepneurial Groups

  • National Indian Business Association:NIBA serves and represent approximately 24,000 American Indian and Alaskan Native businesses. NIBA is working hard to expand economic and business opportunities for American Indian and Alaskan Natives, and is confident that this is a reasonable goal, given our strong national economy and provided the necessary tools are at our disposal. Foremost among these necessary tools is NIBA's specialized knowledge and expertise in the area of Indian economic and business development.
  • Native American Business Alliance: To facilitate mutually beneficial relationships between private and public businesses with Native American owned companies.

Political Groups

  • Native American Contractors Association:The Native American Contractors Association (LCA) brings a collective voice to Capitol Hill on public policy issues related to procurement and Native economic development. Federal agencies, Congress, and other organizations look to LCA to provide information about Native American businesses and the Native 8(a) program.
  • Conservative Indian American is an organization of American Indians who wish to reclaim our traditional conservatism, and believe the Republican party is the most effective means of implementing political policy based on conservative principles.
  • National Indian Justice Center:The National Indian Justice Center, Inc., (NIJC) is an Indian owned and operated non-profit corporation with principal offices in Santa Rosa, California. NIJC was established in 1983 through the collective efforts of the National American Indian Court Judges Association, the American Indian Lawyer Training Program, and the Bureau of Indian Affairs in order to establish an independent national resource for Native communities and tribal government. The goals of NIJC are to design and deliver legal education, research, and technical assistance programs which seek to improve the quality of life for Native communities and the administration of justice in Indian country.

Business Resources

  • The National Center for American Indian Enterprise Development:Develop and expand an American Indian private sector which employs Indian labor, increases the number of viable tribal and individual Indian businesses, and positively impacts and involves reservation communities, by establishing business relationships between Indian enterprises and private industry.

Student Resources

  • Native American Business Resources (University of South Dakota): This section lists the different resources which Native Americans can utilize for growing or enhancing their small business. There are resources specific to tribal organization and membership and others that are available to all Native Americans regardless of location. This section focuses specifically on tools designed to assist and encourage entrepreneurs in Native American communities.  
  • National Native American Law Students Association: The National Native American Law Students Association was founded in 1970 to promote the study of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law and traditional forms of governance, and to support Native Americans in law school. We strive to reach out to Native communities and encourage Native People to pursue legal education. We also strive to educate the legal community about Native issues. 
  • Native American Law Student Association (Gonzaga University):The National Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) was founded in 1970 to promote the study of Federal Indian Law, Tribal Law and traditional forms of governance, and to support Native American students in law school.
  • Native American Law Student Association (University of Iowa):The Native American Law Students Association (NALSA) seeks to promote the needs and goals of American Indian law students.
  • Native American Law Student Association (OCU LAW):The Native American Law Students Association provides an organization for American Indian Law Students to promote unity and cooperation among the Indian law students, and to provide a basis for which work can be done for the advancement of Indian people. Our goals are to provide better communication among American Indian law students and the Indian people, Indian lawyers, the general public and to provide a forum for the discussion of legal problem relating to law affecting American Indians.
  • Stanford Native American Cultural Center:The Stanford University American Indian, Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian Program (AIANNHP)/Native American Cultural Center (LCC) serves a diverse and under-represented student population. The primary mission of the Program/Center is to meet the needs of the students by recognizing the variables that exist within the Native community, and creating programs that assist them to successfully address the factors that influence degree progress and completion.
  • Department of American Indian Studies (Univerity of Minnesota):Established in June of 1969, the Department of American Indian Studies is the oldest such program in the country with departmental status. Founded amidst the civil rights struggles of the sixties and early seventies, the program has long been committed to the development of theories and methodologies that reflect American Indian perspectives and it embraces ways of knowing that stand in contrast to the linear analytic Euro-American studies typically found in colleges and universities.

Media Resources


  • Association on American Indian Affairs:Over the years the Association has played a critical role in a host of landmark events that benefited Native people. We have played an integral part in drafting a number of important laws, including the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and the Tribal Governmental Tax Status Act. We have established health programs, such an innovative field nursing program, that later were adopted and expanded upon by the Indian Health Service.
  • Native American Veterans Association:The mission of the National Native American Veterans Association is to educate and assist Native American Veterans without regard to Tribal Affiliation, degree of Indian Blood, branch of the Armed Forces, or Combat Status with regard to Veteran Rights, Entitlements, and Benefits.
  • Native American Indian Association of Tennessee:NAIA is committed to providing a broad range of services including job training and placement, vocational training, scholarships, bilingual and other educational services, health services, cultural revitalization and emergency assistance in times of crisis.
  • Native American Health Center:Native American Health Center assists American Indians and Alaska Natives to improve and maintain their physical, mental, emotional, social and spiritual well-being with respect for cultural traditions and to advocate for the needs of all Indian people, especially the most vulnerable members of our community.
  • USC Association of Native American Medical Students
  • Native American Indian Association of Indiana:To Facilitate the preservation and perpetuation of Native American Culture through observation, education, support, enlightment, encouragement, and unified participations, working in UNISON, to aid and assist one another, and to promote the common cause of the Native American Indians in Indiana.
  • National Native American Veterans Association:The mission of the National Native American Veterans Association is to educate and assist Native American Veterans without regard to Tribal Affiliation, Degree of Indian Blood, Branch of the Armed Forces or Combat Status in obtaining benefits and entitlements from the Department of Veterans Affairs.