What Can I do With a Minor in Indigenous Nations Studies?
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- Places of Employment
- Advising & Career Services' Resources
- Vocational Biographies
- Professional Associations
- Internet Sites with Career-Related Information for Majors/Minors in Indigenous Nations Studies
- Places of Employment (Native American Studies Minor)
Indigenous Nations Studies minors develop skills that are highly valued by employers. These skills include: critical thinking, research, analysis, oral/written communication, presentation, & problem solving skills. Students and alumni may find employment in government agencies, nonprofits, educational institutions, and businesses depending on their skills and experience. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment.
Advising & Career Services has a variety of resources to help students explore potential career fields. These resources include information about typical responsibilities, qualifications, career paths, job outlook, salary, and related careers.
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- High School Math Teacher
- Elementary School Teacher
- Natural Resources Specialist
- Environmental Attorney
- Family Resource Coordinator
- Community Health Education Coordinator
- Small Business Advisor
- Economic Development Director
- National Association for Native American Studies — an affiliate of the National Association of African- American Studies and Affiliates (NAAAS)
- National Association for Ethnic Studies (NAES)
- Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA)
- Native American Journalists Association (NAJA)
- Association of American Indian Physicians (AAIP)
- What Can I do With a Major in Native American Studies? — Lists transferable skills and potential employment settings and job titles. From Career & Employment Services at the University of Lethbridge, Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada.
Graduate Programs in Indigenous Nations Studies
Guide to Native American Studies Programs in the US and Canada — Edited by Robert M. Nelson. From the Association for the Study of American Indian Literatures. Includes links to many programs, including:
- University of Colorado at Boulder School of Law — American Indian Law Program
A minor in Indigenous Nations Studies helps students develop transferable skills that are valued by employers. These skills include: research, analysis, writing, oral presentation, critical thinking, synthesis, problem solving, and cultural sensitivity. Students and alumni may find employment in business, government, nonprofits, social services, and educational institutions depending on their skills and experience. Internships or relevant part-time jobs may be a prerequisite to finding employment.
- Burns Paiute Tribe
- Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde — Job postings
- Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs — Job postings
- Confederated Tribes of Siletz — Job postings
- Confederated Tribes of the Umatilla Indian Reservation
- Confederated Tribes of the Coos, Lower Umpqua, Siuslaw Indians — Job postings
- Coquille Indian Tribe — Job postings
- Cow Creek Band of Umpqua Tribe of Indians — Contact the Tribal Human Resources Department at (541) 839-1111 for information on jobs.
- Klamath Tribes
- Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission (CRITFC) — Job postings
- National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) — Job postings
- Northwest Portland Area Indian Health Board (NPAIHB) — Job postings
- Northwest Indian Fisheries Commission (NWIFC) — Job postings
Internet Sites with Job Listings
- Native American Jobs.com — "Native American Jobs.com is a site dedicated to being your link to diversity & indigenous employment, career minded individuals looking for Employment & Careers in Native American Communities, on or near Indian Reservations and Urban Native American communities with Tribal Nations and Non-Tribal Companies."
- Indian Country Today — Job postings.
- Tribal Government Resources — From the Municipal Research and Services Center of Washington.
- Washington State Tribal Directory — From the Governor's Office of Indian Affairs in Washington State.
- For Tribal Government's and Native Americans — From FirstGov.gov "The U.S. Government's Official Web Portal".
- Tribal Government Sites — From USA.gov
- WWW Virtual Library — American Indians: Index of Native American Resources on the Internet
- The Institute for Tribal Government — Hatfield School of Government at Portland State University
- National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)
Department of Indigenous Nations Studies — Portland State University
PSU Advising & Career Services greatly appreciates Professor Tom Biolsi's suggestions for this page of resources.