NIYC offers several employment, community, and youth programs.
Welcome To The National Indian Youth Council, Inc.
Established in 1961, the National Indian Youth Council, Inc., (NIYC) is the second oldest Native American non-profit organization in the U.S. Its founding members include: John Redhouse (Navajo), Clyde Warrior (Ponca), Shirley Witt (Akwesasne Mohawk Nation), (Mel Thom (Walker River Paiute), and Herb Blachford (Navajo). This young group of students formed the first formally-organized Native American association in Gallup, NM; becoming one of the first Native-rights advocacy groups in the 20th century. For instance, NIYC lead the movement for the preservation of treaty-rights during the mid-1960’s and halted a $6 billion coal extraction campaign on the Navajo Nation reservation in the late 1970’s.
For over 50+ years, NIYC has evolved with the inclusion of a Workforce Development Program. Today, NIYC is committed to empowering our Native American communities in Albuquerque/Las Cruces, Farmington, and Gallup, New Mexico.
NIYC’s vision is to empower Indigenous peoples and nation-builders to exercise self-determination while honoring Indigenous worldviews and experiences.
The mission of the National Indian Youth Council, Inc., is to foster the self-determination of Indigenous people through: 1) economic sovereignty; 2) cultural flourishing; 3) political resilience; and 4) community well-being.