Nativehire.org strives for steady and high Native American employeement
It was not long ago that tribal communities were merely desolate plots of land in the most undesirable areas with low homeownership, high poverty and growing unemployment rates. Indian Country was fighting for our livelihood and self-determination while trying to preserve the language and culture. Our motivation to secure a way of life for the next seven generations and protecting our tribal sovereignty was the catalyst needed.
Over the years, Native American communities have increased their earning potential through job creation and economic development while overcoming many hardships along the way. Indian gaming has been a dependable economic stimulant for many tribes, opening the door for other endeavors. Today, tribes are taking control of their natural resources and have a stake in the energy industry. Agricultural opportunities are thriving and cultural tourism is drawing national attention for tribes.
With opportunities on the rise countrywide and in the golden state, the Southern California Tribal Chairmen’s Association (SCTCA) saw the need to ensure all Native people were aware of the available jobs in the San Diego area. SCTCA, a nonprofit consortium of 19 federally recognized Indian tribes in Southern California, established Nativehire in 2012. In coordination with tribes, federal contractors and the Department of Labor, Nativehire has served as an online tool specifically focused on connecting Native American job seekers with available job opportunities. Nativehire was built on its core values of diversity, excellence, collaboration and education and to facilitate employment and training opportunities for Natives, while creating an easier conduit for federal contractors, tribes and other business owners to post jobs, hire and train Natives.
Since its launch, the nonprofit has matured its capabilities and has recently extended its services to the masses. According to the charitable organization, “Nativehire began as a small online job search database and has grown into a national resource for employers, job seekers and tribal communities.” The website now services all Native American and Alaska Natives across the U.S. and is committed to strengthening the workforce.
Striving to be Native America’s premium employment resource, Nativehire offers a database that educates, connects and empowers its users and is driven by a number of initiatives. Establishing a sustainable scholarship endowment has empowered Natives while strengthening local, regional and national partnerships has been imperative. Developing comprehensive employment workshop curricula educates prospects and expanding and maintaining the job search database services ensues those connections between employer and employee.
Nativehire remains true to its nonprofit status and focuses on assisting our communities by increasing employment rates throughout Indian Country. Proceeds raised by Nativehire provide scholarships, training programs and support a number of resources available to assist job seekers. The workshops provided offer valuable information in today’s digital landscape. Nativehire educates users not only on how to navigate the web for career purposes but also how to control their online cyber print. Job fairs and hiring events are promoted on the website and via social media, increasing the reach to job seekers far and near.
But job preparation is just half the battle. Resume writing workshops, dressing for success seminars and interviewing instructions can only get one so far. If there are no jobs, there are no opportunities to build and to preserve.
Only when Native Americans have a high and steady employment rate will the poverty rate decline and wealth will begin to grow. Building opportunities in our communities and for our people goes beyond Nativehire. Collectively, we need to engage our government for support, improve our public policies and increase our community development programs. Despite making strides we are still on the journey. With organizations like Nativehire we will empower our people, provide resources and improve education outcomes helping to conquer our challenges.
For more information on Nativehire please visit www.nativehire.org. ♦
Location: 35008 Pala Temecula Road, Pala, California
Mission: Enrich industry, empower communities and increase employment of American Indians and Alaskan Natives.