Native Americans' Jobs Outlook

By: DiversityWorking Press
Date Posted: October 30, 2016

Native Americans are as talented as any Americans in science and tech, given the chance. That is what one startup company in New Mexico believes.

Starting Monday, Navajo Nation graduates of New Mexico’s Cultivating Coders program will begin constructing web sites for one of the world’s largest digital marketing agencies.
The work is part of a new partnership between the New Mexico office of WSI — a Toronto-based firm with 1,000 franchises in over 80 countries — and Albuquerque startup Cultivating Coders, which offers intensive boot-camp training for aspiring web and software developers in under-served areas. -
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Also in New Mexico, Native Americans are assured of new job opportunities courtesy of a state-of-the-art greenhouse facility.

A new partnership between the Acoma Pueblo Native American tribe and the Bright Green Group of Companies, is leading the way to a brighter future for the tribe and the entire state of New Mexico.
Together, Bright Green and Acoma Pueblo are creating a state-of-the-art greenhouse facility and research center for medicinal plants. It will be constructed on approximately 150 acres of the Acoma Indian Reservation and will grow up to 40 million plants per year. - <a href="">click here</a>

Based on a 2014 American Community Survey, 5.4 million comprised the nation’s population of American Indians and Alaska Natives, including those of more than one race. They made up about 2 percent of the total population in 2014. Of this total, about 48 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native only, and about 52 percent were American Indian and Alaska Native in combination with one or more other races. - <a href="">click here</a>

According to the same source above, in terms of education, the percentage of American Indians and Alaska Natives alone or in combination, 25 and older, who had at least a high school diploma, GED certificate or alternative credential in 2014, was 82.4%. In addition, 18.5 percent obtained a bachelor’s degree or higher.

However, unemployment and widespread poverty still plague the Native American population, a 2014 report by the US news said. “Although many groups have progressed economically in recent years, the native population, oft-overlooked, has a long way to go.
Malia Villegas, director of the policy research center at the National Congress of American Indians, describes American Indian and Alaska native populations as “asterisk nations” that in national studies are too small to be included when race and ethnicities are broken down.” - <a href="">click here</a>

According to the Census report initially mentioned above, in 2014, “only 26.3% of civilian-employed, single-race American Indian and Alaska Native people, 16 and older, worked in management, business, science and arts occupations. In addition, 25.6 percent worked in service occupations and 22.3 percent in sales and office occupations.”

Native Americans also face societal discrimination and racism (Wikipedia).

It is heartening to note that the Obama administration has been in the forefront of improving the lives of Native Americans and providing greater opportunities especially for the Native Youth. - <a href="">click here</a>

In September this year, the Department of Education announced “new resources aimed at closing the achievement gap so that all native students—whether in tribal or traditional public schools—have the opportunity to succeed.” - <a href="">click here</a>

It is hoped that the next administration will also have the best interests of Native Americans at heart, and continue the good works the present government has been doing.

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