Society of American Indian Government Employees

Honoring Our Ancestors Through Government Service
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Who We Are

Formed in 2002, SAIGE is the first national non-profit organization representing American Indian and Alaska Native Federal, Tribal, State, and local government employees.

SAIGE hosts an outstanding Annual National Training Program, open to all, focused on professional development, leadership and topics related to the complex Federal Indian Trust Responsibility. Integral to this, SAIGE provides specialized training sessions for Veterans and Youth.

Our Mission

2020 Native American Heritage Month Theme:
Sovereignty is Sacred: Sharing Our Rights and Cultures

SAIGE is planning several virtual activities for you to celebrate Native American Heritage Month, including an auction, musical concert, panels and presentations, some featuring SAIGE Youth. A schedule of events is posted below.

Click on the image to the right to download the full resolution PDF file of the Poster.
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Presidential Proclamation on Native American Heritage Month 2020

Yes!  We are holding the Friends of SAIGE online auction through Tuesday, Nov. 24. We have improved the auction experience by partnering with  Find beautiful and unique items for your early holiday shopping. We invite you to enter by clicking HERE. Happy Bidding! 

Thank you for supporting SAIGE

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Carl Etsitty


STEM Talking Circle Webinar
Host: Carl Etsitty, USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS), SAIGE Board of Directors
A roundtable discussion featuring Native American professionals involved in Science, Technology and Math related Careers
Recording of the Session can be seen here for a limited time. You will need to use this passcode in order to access it: p8D.5XA?
Download Nov. 17 Flyer with full details

Webinar: Tribal Sovereignty: Understanding the Impact of the Supreme Court’s Decision in McGirt v. Oklahoma

Michael McBride and Jonodev Chaudhuri
Host: Jay Spaan, SAIGE Vice-Chair    1 hour, 30 minutes
On July 9, the U.S. Supreme Court released its decision in the McGirt v. Oklahoma. This holding in this case is the most significant sovereignty decision in Oklahoma history—declaring that the Muscogee (Creek) Nation lands, reserved since the 19th century, remain a Native American reservation and are thus considered “Indian country” for the purposes of the Major Crimes Act. You may see the recorded session by clicking HERE.

Download Nov. 18 Flyer with full details

SAIGE Youth Program Native Youth Advocacy
Download Nov. 19 flyer Here with schedule details. You can see the Youth Panel recording HEREYou will need this pass code to access: H15qA!$9

Thanks to Blue Mountain Tribe  for sponsoring our Friends of SAIGE virtual concert Nov. 12! You may view the entire concert online at our Facebook site for a limited time. Go to SAIGE Facebook now.

Native American Heritage Month 2020 Virtual Events

SAIGE is happy to present some amazing virtual events for you to enjoy celebrating Native American Heritage Month.

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“Responders” Modified  art from Christian Rincon via Amplifier


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Fall 2020
Talking Leaf Newsletter

The Talking Leaf is our biannual newsletter. Click the thumbnail below to download the latest issue or visit the archives.

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Fall 2020


SAIGE Strategic Plan


Get Your SAIGE  Gear!                 PPE mask w/ SAIGE logo & 2 eagles facing it

To recognize 2020 as a unique year, SAIGE wanted to offer you a way to still feel part of the organization and express our solidarity together.

Martin Sports Apparel is making branded gear available to show your SAIGE pride. We created a special slogan for this memorable year: Peace, Hope and SAIGE. We wish you peace of mind in the here and now and hope for the future.

Proceeds will help with our operational expenses. SAIGE thanks you for your support!  Items includes a variety of face coverings, t-shirts and polos and a limited number of bucket hats. To see our items go to:

Recent Blog Posts

Peace, Hope and SAIGE

August 25th, 2020

Greetings SAIGE members and friends,

We have all experienced challenges the past few months, and SAIGE had to cancel its annual Training Program for the first time in 17 years due to the pandemic. To recognize 2020 as a unique year when we could not… [read more…]

SAIGE Virtual Auction is Here!

June 22nd, 2020

SAIGE is continuing our tradition of the wonderful silent AUCTION, although this time everyone can join the fun because it will be held online.
This is how it works: Photos of items for sale will be posted on the SAIGE website ( an… [read more…]

CFC Special Solicitation through June 30

June 1st, 2020

The COVID-19 global pandemic has put a strain on resources everywhere: medical, financial, educational, emotional, social, and more.

Nonprofit organizations face increased demand for their services, but also struggle with reduced resources due t… [read more…]

National Training Program Photos

See more 2019, 2018, 2017, 2016 & 2015 NTP pics on SAIGE’s Flickr page
Photos copyright: 2015 NTP C. Mackay; 2016 NTP R. Chavez; 2017 NTP C.Takawana; 2018 W. Lord, 2019 D.Garceau, L. Jones

To order a handmade SAIGE drum

go to the donate/membership page
and scroll to the bottom.

Our Partners

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Contact Us


Mailing Address:
17706 N. Peoria
Skiatook, OK 74070

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