NIYC offers several employment, community, and youth programs.

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Welcome To The National Indian Youth Council, Inc.

The National Indian Youth Council, Inc., (NIYC) is the second oldest Native American non-profit organization in the United States. Founded in 1961 in Gallup, New Mexico by John Redhouse (Navajo), Clyde Warrior (Ponca), Mel Thom (Walker River Paiute), and Herb Blachford (Navajo).

NIYC was one of the first Native-rights advocacy groups to lead the movement for the preservation of treaty-rights during the mid-1960’s to halting a $6 billion coal extraction campaign on the Navajo reservation in the late 1970’s.

Since its inception over 50+ years ago, NIYC has certainly evolved with the addition of an Employment and Training Program designed to meet the needs of our urban Native American population.  Today, NIYC is committed to empowering our Native American communities in Albuquerque, Farmington, and Gallup, New Mexico, to overcome the economic challenges of residing in unpredictable metropolitan areas.


The National Indian Youth Council, Inc., empowers 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.