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The National Native American Human Resources Association (NNAHRA) is a non-profit 501-(c)(6) organization with the mission to serve and support human resources professionals and tribal leaders in Indian Country Human Resources and Organizational Development through education events, networking and professional certification.


NNAHRA was founded by a grass roots group in the Northwest region in 1996.  The first gathering had 12 participants in a roundtable setting leading to a national organization with over 1500 active members representing over 275 tribes.

Activity and Accomplishments

  • Annual Conference with attendance increasing yearly
  • Training Summits launched in 2010 –  focused topics have included
    • Benefit and Compensation
    • Training and Development
    • Succession Planning
    • Law and Indian Country
    • Recruitment  and  Retention
  • Legal Series—Employee Relations
  • Development of the Tribal Human Resources Professional (THRP) Certification in 2010.
    • Over 2000 certified through NNAHRA and affiliate
    • Assumed the role of first party administrator of THRP in Partnership with Drummond, Woodsum & MacMahon (DWM) on September 21, 2015.
    • Improved the curriculum of certification training
  • Hired staff to assist in administrative and website projects


  • Establish an Advisory Board to assist in the advisement of grant funding opportunities; new educational and program offerings; sponsorships.
  • Enhance membership services; Training programs; regional chapter creation; social media enhanced shared resources
  • Relationship Building: Serve as a bridge connecting other Native American organizations to improve human resources/organization development presence in areas of government leadership and operations
  • Administration: Identify and select fulltime staff to fully carry out the mission and goals of the volunteer board of professionals
  • Partnership: Gain support of individual; corporation and government entities to increase NNAHRA visibility and support of the mission to create and sustain a viable workforce of tribal area community members.
  • Identify Grants to fund additional staff and programs for our membership

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