Native American in tech? Use this resource list to find support and connections in the industry. Seeing oneself in the field and building community can be essential to career success and mental health as a BIPOC tech professional. That’s why we want to spotlight these organizations which are helping to uplift the work of Indigenous peoples in the tech industry, as well as providing professional development and creating more diversity in the tech sector. We’re sure you’ll find connection and encouragement in the American Indian tech community at these Native American tech organizations.
Native American Tech Organizations
Natives in Tech
Natives in Tech is a nonprofit organization focused on providing spaces for American Indian tech professionals to network. Natives in Tech hosts an annual conference and crafts free, open source technology that empowers Native peoples and their business and economic development. At the organization’s annual conference, Native Americans in tech share their current projects, especially those providing support and solutions for Native Americans. Gain more insight into the work the organization is doing by checking out the Natives in Tech website.
American Indian Science and Engineering Society
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) has been providing support to tribal communities since 1977. AISES works with 230 affiliated pre-college schools, 196 chartered college and university chapters, three tribal chapters, and 18 professional chapters in the U.S. and Canada. The organization provides scholarships to American Indian students seeking education opportunities as well as national and international conferences, career development resources, and internships to emerging STEM professionals. The American Indian Science and Engineering Society website is chock full of amazing resources, publications, and information for American Indians in the field. So whether you’re an early, mid, or executive career professional, it’s not too late to get involved with the work that AISES is doing. Its various chapters consistently spotlight American Indian projects and professionals in STEM studies and careers. Learn more about how American Indian Science and Engineering Society is creating more access for American Indians in the field here.
Native American Capital
Native American Capital fosters economic development in American Indian communities. The Native American-owned consultancy is based in Washington, D.C. The company provides consulting services to a wide range of clients including tribes, Native-owned businesses, businesses seeking partnerships with tribes, and investors seeking to capitalize Native American-owned enterprises. If you’re a Native American technologist looking to start a business, you may benefit from the resources and services NAC offers. Find more information about how the Native American Capital organization works to represent tribal communities here.
National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering
The National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering offers scholarships, career support, and institutional partnerships to help Black, Native, and Latinx Americans launch successful careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. If you’re a working professional looking to mentor future Native American leaders in tech, this may be a good organization to reach out to. Find out more about the National Action Council for Minorities in Engineering.
Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science
Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science (SACNAS) operates with the mission to achieve true diversity in STEM. SACNAS offers a wide variety of supportive programming and resources ranging from professional groups, leadership development, and a conference centered on science, culture, and community. Additionally, SACNAS provides mentoring opportunities through its Native American & Indigenous Group. Get connected with the Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics & Native Americans in Science on the organization’s website.
Sisterhood of Native American Coders
Sisterhood of Native American Coders (SONAC) is helping to create access and equity for the next generation of Native women in tech. The organization’s mission is to inspire young female innovators to develop and pursue interests in STEM studies and careers and promote native cultures in the industry. SONAC h0sts 12-week STEM and coding education programs for girls aged 9-12 online. Learn more about the Sisterhood of Native American Coders and how you can get involved in the work they’re doing by checking out the website.
Wonder Women Tech
Native women can find additional support, education, and mentorship through Wonder Women Tech. This organization exists to highlight, celebrate, educate, and amplify underrepresented people groups in science, technology, engineering, the arts, and mathematics (STEAM). Wonder Women Tech offers coding classes, workshops, panel discussions, hackathons, career fairs, and more in order to empower women, girls, people of color, BIPOC, LGBTQ, the underrepresented, and diverse communities. Learn more about Wonder Women Tech’s training programs and activities on its website.
Looking for organizations outside of the United States?
Our sibling to the north also has a variety of Indigenous tech groups that could be helpful resources over the course of your tech career. Indigenous peoples in the Canadian tech space can check out organizations like the First Nations Technology Council, Animikii, Centre for Indigenous Innovation & Technology, and Indigenous STS.