Society of American Indian Government Employees

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A popular aspect of the SAIGE National Training program is the SAIGE Student Program that provides college students insight into federal, tribal and state government careers. This program is offered for FREE. SAIGE provides scholarships for selected applicants that covers travel, lodging and food during the SAIGE National Training Program.

Our Student Director, JoAnn Brant, is excited to announce that applications are now being accepted for the Student track, happening June 2 – 6, 2024, in Spokane, WA. If you have any questions you may contact her at brant.joann@epa.gov.

Now accepting applications for our college Student Program for the SAIGE National Training Program, Affirming Native Voices:
Visibility-Leadership-Service, in Spokane, WA.
Apply Online: CLICK HERE  
Questions: Student.Program@saige.org  
Deadline to apply is April 1, 2024
SAIGE Students, 2023, Tulsa, OK
Students in Session, 2023

PRESS RELEASE: 2024 Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) Student Program Scholarship Application
SAIGE announces scholarships for American Indian and Alaska Native students to attend the 2024 SAIGE National Training Program, due Monday April 1, 2024.

January 22, 2024

The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) is a national 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that serves the needs of American Indian and Alaska Native employees of federal, tribal, state and local governments. Each year, SAIGE sponsors a National Training Program to promote the recruitment, retention, development, and advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native government employees.

SAIGE offers scholarships to attend our annual National Training Program to American Indian and Alaska Native students aged 20–25, who are attending an accredited school and who are interested in federal, tribal, state, or local government careers.

These scholarships consist of training program registration, travel, lodging, and meals.

This year’s National Training Program will be held at the beautiful Northern Quest Resort in Spokane, Washington – owned and operated by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians – from June 2-6, 2024.

Application Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2024
Apply Online: CLICK HERE
Questions: Student.Program@saige.org

ELIGIBILITY
– American Indians and Alaska Natives who:Will be at least 20 years of age and not more than 25 years of age on June 1, 2024;

– Are enrolled and in good standing at an accredited college or university; and

– Are interested in gaining a professional degree or pursuing a career with a Federal, Tribal, State, or local government.

GOALS
The SAIGE Student Program promotes the recruitment, hiring, retention, development, advancement, and equitable treatment of American Indians and Alaska Natives in the government workforce.

The Program also helps American Indian and Alaska Native students realize their leadership and professional development goals and inspires them to pursue a life of service. Participants are offered unique opportunities to meet and network with American Indian and Alaska Native government employees and officials. Participants may gain valuable insight into government work environments and learn how government employees can play a positive role in enhancing the quality of life for Indian people and our resources.

Student Program participants can also learn about how federal agencies can help protect tribal treaty rights and fulfill federal Indian trust responsibilities.

ACTIVITIES
–    SAIGE Student Program participants engage in leadership and professional development training, team building activities, and hear from some of the most inspirational and accomplished American Indian and Alaska Native federal, state, and tribal government employees from across the country.

–    Students take part in a Career Fair with various organizations and agencies to help inform their academic and career decisions.

SCHOLARSHIPS INCLUDE
–    Registration to attend the annual SAIGE National Training Program in Spokane, WA from June 2-6, 2024.

–    Reasonable transportation costs; hotel; and meals.

SAIGE MISSION
–    Promote the recruitment, retention, development, and advancement of American Indian and Alaska Native government employees, and work to ensure their equal treatment under the law;

–    Educate Federal agencies in the history and obligations of the Federal Indian Trust responsibility and to assist them in it’s implementation;

–    Assist government agencies in the development and delivery of initiatives and programs that honor the unique Federal-Tribal relationship; and

–    Provide a national forum for issues and topics affecting American Indian and Alaska Native government employees.

APPLY TODAY!
We look forward to you joining us at the 2024 SAIGE National Training Program in Spokane, WA (Northern Quest Resort) from June 2-6, 2024!

Application Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2024

Apply Online: CLICK HERE
Contact: JoAnn Brant, Student Program Director
(202) 564-0375 or at Student.Program@saige.org

2023 SAIGE Student Cohort
Tulsa, OK

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, D.C.
January 23, 2024
Contacts: SAIGE Chair, Fredericka Joseph, chair@saige.org
SAIGE Training Program Co-Chairs: Edward Blauvelt at Edward.blauvelt@us.af.mil; Nieva Brock, nieva.brock@saige.org; Luke Jones luke.jones@saige.org

SAIGE 21st National Training Program

The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) will hold its 21st National Training Program June 3rd – 6thth, 2024, at the Northern Quest Resort in Spokane, Washington. This venue is owned and operated by the Kalispel Tribe of Indians and all rooms are priced at government per diem rates for Spokane. This year’s theme is: “Affirming Native Voices: Visibility-Leadership-Service”.

Our training provides forums on the most current issues facing American Indians and Alaska Native employees, tribes, and people we serve. The plenary sessions include dynamic presenters from Indian Country and government leaders. Workshops are presented by knowledgeable speakers in their specialties. Sessions are designed in these areas: Federal Indian Law and Policy; Leadership and Professional Development; Natural/Cultural Resources; and EEO/DEIA issues.

SAIGE is excited to include college students in our robust Student Program. Designed to develop Indigenous students, ages 20 – 25 years old with leadership training, it gives them important skills when choosing career paths.

SAIGE proudly supports our Warrior Society Program, developed for and by veterans, that offers training specific to the needs of veterans and active-duty military by highlighting federal benefits. This one-day symposium exposes attendees to various agencies and veterans’ organizations that serve them.  All veterans and military are invited to attend at no cost.

Registration for the SAIGE National Training Program will be available within the next few weeks. Please monitor our website at https://saige.org for continuous updates.

The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) is a national 501c (3) non-profit organization representing American Indian and Alaska Native Federal, Tribal, State, and local government employees. SAIGE was formed to promote their recruitment, retention, equal treatment, and advancement within the government and to assist government agencies in honoring the unique Federal-Tribal relationship.

SAIGE is proud to announce our two Carol Jorgensen Scholarship recipients for 2023.

  • Denise Flores Frazier, Reno-Sparks Indian Colony
  • Aiyanna Tanyan, Seminole Nation of Oklahoma

Both are Environmental Science majors at Haskell Indian Nation University. They each received a monetary award and will receive registration and travel support to attend the SAIGE National Training Program in Spokane, WA in June.

SAIGE established this award to honor the memory and legacy of Carol Jorgensen whose service to her family, community, country, and Mother Earth was an inspiration for all.

Carol was Tlingit from the Yandestake Village in southeast Alaska and was part of the Eagle/Killer Whale Fin House of Klukwan. She served many years in public service, and finally as Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s American Indian Environmental Office. She had a deep connection to our shared Earth and was a passionate advocate for protecting the environment and human health in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.

CAROL JORGENSEN SCHOLARSHIP FOR ENVIRONMENTAL STEWARDSHIP APPLICATION PERIOD NOW OPEN

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Carol Jorgensen

SAIGE established this award to honor the memory and legacy of Carol Jorgensen whose service to her family, community, country, and Mother Earth was an inspiration for all.

Carol was Tlingit from the Yandestake Village in southeast Alaska and was part of the Eagle/Killer Whale Fin House of Klukwan. She served many years in public service, most recently as Director of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s American Indian Environmental Office. She had a deep connection to our shared Earth and was a passionate advocate for protecting the environment and human health in American Indian and Alaskan Native communities.

Link to application announcement HERE.
Deadline to apply is Oct. 27, 2023. SAIGE membership is not required.

Welcome to River Spirit

The SAIGE 20th National Training Program is being held this year at the beautiful River Spirit Casino Resort. It is owned and operated by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. SAIGE is pleased to offer this lovely facility to our attendees at the government perdiem rate of $98 per room night.
Make your room reservations online here at SAIGE.
If you prefer you may call the hotel at 888-748-3731. The Group Code is SAIGE. Be sure to ask them for the SAIGE Group room block or you will not get our group rate.

Room availability is first come, first served for the week of June 19- 24, 2023. The deadline for making room reservations is May 20, 2023.

River Spirit Casino Resort is located on the banks of the Arkansas River at 81st & Riverside Drive in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Click here for directions.
We look forward to seeing you there!

Hotel Health Safety Policies here

Early Registration April 1 – April 30: $625

Standard Registration May 1 – June 16: $700

Onsite Registration June 20 or after: $750
Register at our Eventbrite site.

About the Hotel:

The SAIGE 20th National Training Program is being held this year at the beautiful River Spirit Casino Resort. It is owned and operated by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation of Oklahoma. SAIGE is pleased to offer this lovely facility to our attendees at the government perdiem rate of $98 per room night.

You may call to to make your room reservation at 888-748-3731.
The Group Code is SAIGE.

Be sure to ask them for the SAIGE Group room block or you will not get our group rate. Room availability is first come, first served for the week of June 19- 24, 2023. The deadline for making room reservations is May 20, 2023.

River Spirit Casino Resort is located on the banks of the Arkansas River at 81st & Riverside Drive in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Click here for directions.

We look forward to seeing you there!

Hotel Health Safety Policies

SAIGE Youth Leaders are very excited to invite you to fill out an application to join us, June 19-22, 2023, for our acclaimed Youth Program in Tulsa, OK. The Youth program will introduce you to other young native people (18-25) from different tribal communities while offering an enlightening and uplifting training opportunity focused on federal, tribal and state government careers. If accepted, all travel and food will be at no cost to you. Hotel accommodations will be provided, with two persons per room. For more information and to apply, scan the QR code on the flyer and it will take you to the application.

Thank you and we look forward to seeing you in Tulsa!
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Washington, D.C.
March 3, 2023
Contacts: SAIGE Chair, Fredericka Joseph, chair@saige.org
SAIGE Training Co-Chairs: Sue Morris at treasurer@saige.org and/or Jay Spaan at jay.spaan@saige.org

SAIGE 20th National Training Program
The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) will hold its 20th National Training Program June 20th – 22nd, 2023, at the River Spirit Resort in Tulsa, Oklahoma. This venue is owned and operated by the Muscogee (Creek) Nation and rooms are priced at government perdiem rates for Tulsa.

This year’s theme is: “Tribal Nations Soaring to New Heights”. For the first time in history, there is a strong representation of American Indians and Alaska Natives at the highest levels of government, leading agencies in financial, sciences, agricultural, natural resources, and educational arenas. These are just a few areas where Indigenous people are achieving greatness in government while supporting and building a stronger nation.

Our training provides forums on the most current issues facing American Indians and Alaska Native employees, tribes, and people we serve. The plenary sessions include dynamic presenters from Indian Country and government leaders. Workshops are presented by outstanding knowledgeable speakers in their specialties. Sessions are designed in these areas: Federal Indian Law and Policy; Leadership and Professional Development; Natural/Cultural Resources; and EEO/Diversity issues.

SAIGE is excited to invite students back for our robust Youth Program. Designed to develop native students, ages 18 – 25 years old with leadership training, it gives them important skills to choose career paths and succeed in their chosen fields.

SAIGE proudly supports our Warrior Society Program, developed for and by veterans, that offers training specific to the needs of veterans and active-duty military by highlighting available federal benefits. This one-day symposium exposes attendees to various agencies and veterans’ organizations that serve them.  All veterans and military are invited to attend at no cost.

Registration for the SAIGE National Training Program will be available within the next few weeks. The early bird fee will be $625; basic online $700; and onsite $750. Discounts may be available for groups, SAIGE lifetime members, and government retirees, as well as tribal government employees. Please continue to monitor our website at https://saige.org  for updates.

The Society of American Indian Government Employees (SAIGE) is a national 501c (3) non-profit organization representing American Indian and Alaska Native Federal, Tribal, State, and local government employees. SAIGE was formed to promote their recruitment, retention, equal treatment, and advancement within the government and to assist government agencies in honoring the unique Federal-Tribal relationship.

SAIGE is pleased to announce the recipient of the Carol Jorgensen Scholarship for Environmental Stewardship for 2022.

Mr. Peter Thais, who is studying Biological Engineering at Cornell University was chosen in December, 2022, to receive the monetary scholarship to support his studies. He intends to focus on the use of traditional ecological knowledge in the field of engineering to utilize solutions to modern day problems in the realm of environmental sustainability and climate change mitigation.
Peter is part of the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe and active in his Indigenous community at home and within Cornell University.
Congratulations Peter!

Contact Us

Email:
info[at]saige.org

Mailing Address:
17706 N. Peoria
Skiatook, OK 74070

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