Career Basics 2022 is Open for Registration


The NAFOA Institute Career Basics is a free online career readiness and personal finance program designed for 18-26-year-old Native American youths. 

The program offers coursework that provides opportunities for participants to improve career readiness, and personal finance skills, and advance their understanding of issues impacting tribal economies. 

Career Basics is also designed to prepare youth for the NAFOA Leadership Summit. Youth ages 20-26 years old participating in Career Basics are invited to apply for the NAFOA Leadership Summit.

Program Details
Career Basics is designed to be most helpful for:

  • Undergraduate students in their Junior and Senior years.
  • Recent college graduates.
  • Early career professionals (0-2 years experience).
  • Individuals looking to pivot careers.
  • DATES: August 8, 2022 – February 28, 2023.
  • Participants proceed at their own pace during their registered program dates, keeping in mind the closing date and upcoming Leadership Summit deadlines. The average curriculum completion time is 8-12 hours.


To join Career Basics, participants must:

  • Be a Native American youth/young professional between the age of 18-26 years old. (This includes American Indian, Alaska Native, Native Hawaiian, First Nations, and Indigenous peoples from Central and South Americas).
  • Reside within the United States.
  • Have access to stable/consistent broadband internet connection.

ACCESS: The program is online. Registrants will be sent login information to the online course. 


NAFOA Announces Former Yurok Tribal Leader Susan Masten As Interim Executive Director

NAFOA, founded as the Native American Finance Officers Association, names former Yurok Tribal Leader Susan Masten as its interim executive director effective today, June 1, 2023. She was appointed to the position by the NAFOA Board of Directors. As interim executive director, Masten will be responsible for managing the day-to-day operations of the organization, as well as leading its strategic direction.

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