The North American Indian Center of Boston is a membership-based non-profit organization. Although all Indigenous people are welcome at NAICOB, many funding sources require documentation of American Indian/Alaskan Native/Native Hawaiian status for access to some services and programming. More details on eligibility are provided below.
Advocacy Services A licensed social worker and an attorney are available by appointment to assist with issues relating to homelessness and housing, the Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA), K-12 education and homeschooling, substance abuse, domestic violence, social services referrals, and other mental health or legal needs.
No tribal documentation is required to receive advocacy services. Appointments are required. For more information or to set an appointment, please contact Janis Morrison at (617) 232-0343 or email Sofia Owen at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Department of Employment & Training The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) funded by the U.S. Department of Labor provides occupational training, educational support, GED assistance, resume writing and interview training, work experience program, college and higher education counseling, and job search assistance for eligible American Indian/Alaska Native/Native Hawaiian/First Nation individuals eligible under the Jay Treaty who are 14 years of age and older. To be eligible for the Employment and Training Department services, you must be able to provided the following:
Picture ID (passport, tribal ID, state ID, high school or college ID, etc.)
Proof of residency within service area
Tribal Card or proof of enrolled family member with your birth certificate
Native Hawaiians provide a birth certificate
Selective Service Registration if applicable
Please more information, please call the Employment and Training Department at (617) 277-4804.
Math | Culture | Environment Academy The MCE Academy is a free academic mentoring program for Indigenous K-12 students. There are two 8-week Saturday sessions per year, one in the spring and one in the fall. On each of the Saturday’s, Native college students tutor K-12 students in math and science. Lunch is provided by a NAICOB community member during each session. Following lunch, all of the students participate in cultural enrichment activities ranging from beading, drum making, cooking, hiking, and more.
Native American Youth Enrichment Program The Native American Youth Enrichment Program (NAYEP) is a summer program led by college students working for the Phillips Brooks House Association. NAICOB does not administer this program directly, but Native youth enrolled in NAYEP benefit from weekly cultural workshops at NAICOB. The center also hosts a show put on by the NAYEP students that is open to NAICOB community members at the conclusion of the summer program.
Operation A.B.L.E. Mature Worker Site NAICOB is an Operation A.B.L.E. Mature Worker site. This program is a community-based workforce development program the combines soft and hard skills training. Through Operation A.B.L.E., we host up three (3) workers who are 45 and older. For more information on the Mature Worker program, please contact Operation A.B.L.E. directly at (617) 542-4180.
Timothy Smith Network (TSN) Computer Technology Lab The TSN Computer Technology Lab at NAICOB provides open-access, computer training, and classes. Lab hours are Monday through Thursday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm, Friday, 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, excluding holidays.
The lab is open to all Massachusetts residents for open-access and limited one-on-one assistance expect when a class is in session. Please contact the Department of Employment and Training at (617) 277-4804 for more information and class schedules.
We are unable to provide genealogical research or family location services, blood or DNA tests, nor can we provide tribal enrollment assistance.