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Native Communities & Economic Development Certificate (Graduate)

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Working with and learning from tribal communities.

Changes in government policies, strengthening of tribal governments and entities, and increases in private funding have expanded opportunities in Indian Country. Working in these settings requires specific knowledge related to history, national policy toward indigenous nations, sovereignty, and the economic and social factors that uniquely impact program delivery in Indian Country.

Programs in extension, education and social service agencies have recognized the unique challenges in indigenous communities and, therefore, have developed specific approaches for their programs to be successful in Indian Country, in the United States and in other countries, which has created a growing need for a workforce cognizant of these unique challenges.

This certificate is designed for those interested in expanding their skills and understanding of indigenous peoples and economic development, as well as those in working with Native and Indigenous communities. Today, students taking these courses often have careers or are seeking employment in Native-serving organizations, as well as agencies who have extended their programming to indigenous communities and neighborhoods.

Is it for you?

This program will be a good fit if you:

  • Have a desire to work with and learn from Indigenous people
  • Have an interest in working to support tribal sovereignty
  • Are a problem solver and critical thinker
  • Have strong collaborative, detail, communication and interpersonal skills
  • Work well with diverse groups of people

Career Opportunities

  • Bureau of Indian Affairs
  • Federal government placement
  • Non-profit operations serving tribal communities
  • Tribal governments and agencies
  • Youth development programs
  • Community development financial agencies
  • Housing agencies
  • Social and Human service
  • Project initiatives related to addressing disparities, wellness, and entrepreneurship