Become a Member

Become a Member of NIEA

NIEA is the only national organization advocating for improved educational opportunities to enable all Native students to thrive in the classroom and beyond. Founded in 1969 by Native educators, NIEA equips all advocates with the knowledge and tools needed to support Native students in reaching their full potential. As a member you support NIEA’s capacity to provide better services for our American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian (AI, AN, NH) students and their advocates.

NIEA is a member driven organization, eligible voting members (Alaska Native, Native Hawaiians, and American Indians over the age of 18) guide NIEA’s policy work through resolutions and elect members to the NIEA Board of Directors.

NIEA memberships are annual memberships and run through the calendar year, regardless of the date of purchase.

Individual Membership Pricing and Benefits

Basic Level Membership: $80

  • 10% off NIEA merchandise and resources
  • Monthly Broadcasts and Webinars
  • Advance invitations to NIEA Events (Convention, NIEA on the Hill, and NIEA Webinars)

Professional Membership: $150 – All of the above, plus

  • 15% off NIEA merchandise and resources
  • 15% Discount on Continuing Education Units (CEUs) during NIEA Convention or through NIEA Professional Development trainings.
  • Annual subscription to Journal of American Indian Education (Spring, Summer and Fall issues, delivery via print or digitally)

Premium Membership: $200, All of the above, plus 

  • $200 discount on NIEA Convention registration fee
  • 20% of NIEA merchandise and resources
  • Eligible for priority registration at NIEA Convention, webinars, and NIEA on the Hill.
  • 15% discount on NIEA fee-based trainings
  • Recognition in the NIEA Annual Report

Organizational Membership Pricing and Benefits

All Organizational Member are eligible for the following benefits:

Monthly news updates on education policy activity specific to your region.
Assistance with meetings with congressional leaders and their staff members.
Recognition on NIEA.org and select NIEA media platforms.
Participation in the NIEA Annual Partners Gathering at the Convention & Trade Show.
Consultation from NIEA on specific federal legislative and policy issues.

Additional benefits by level are indicated below:

Bronze Level Membership: $2,500

Complimentary Basic Membership for one organizational representative.
15% discount on memberships for two organizational representatives.

Silver Level Membership: $5,000

Complimentary Basic Membership for two organizational representatives.
15% discount on memberships for three organizational representatives.
Complimentary registration to three NIEA Native Webinars for up to three organizational representatives.

Gold Level Membership: $10,000

Complimentary Basic Membership for three organizational representatives.
15% discount on memberships for four organizational representatives.
One complimentary registration to the Annual NIEA Convention and Trade Show.
Complimentary registration to three NIEA Native Webinars for up to four organizational representatives.
Complimentary meeting space at the Annual NIEA Convention and Trade Show.

Platinum Level Membership: $25,000

Complimentary Basic Membership for five organizational representatives.
15% discount on memberships for six organizational representatives.
Three complimentary registrations to the Annual NIEA Convention and Trade Show.
Complimentary registration to three NIEA Native Webinars for up to four organizational representatives.
Complimentary meeting space at the Annual NIEA Convention and Trade Show.
Support for organization-specific advocacy efforts.

If you are interested in becoming a member, but would like to learn more about the voting process, please visit the links below.

For more information on the Resolution Process, please click here.

For more information on the Board of Director Elections, please click here.