Welcome to United Natives

About Us


To build, sustain, and enhance the quality of life among Native (Native American/Alaska Native) youth through mentorship, networking, education, health, leadership, and culture. United Natives is a 501(C)3 non-profit organization and is incorporated through the Navajo Nation. 


United Natives is an online community that brings together professional Native (Native American/Alaska Native) mentors and Native college students. Our mentors represent various professional fields and provide individual mentorship to Native students as a volunteer service through one-on-one or distance correspondence. Mentorship information is below. 

Speaking Engagements

Motivational Speaking: United Natives conducts speaking engagements to Native American junior high, high school, and undergraduate students about academic life from personal experiences and how to overcome academic barriers. 

Educational Workshops: United Natives conducts workshops to inform Native junior high, high school, college students, and family about applying to college, finding scholarships, applying for scholarships, and utilizing academic resources. 

Additional Information


We will be hosting a fundraising gala in Las Vegas January 2018 to raise funding for scholarships for Native American college students. 


The Benjamin A. Gilman International Scholarship Program is sponsored by the U.S. Department of State’s Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Undergraduate student in good standing at an accredited institution of higher education in the United States (including both two-year and four-year institutions) can apply for the scholarship. Gilman Scholarship enables American students to gain proficiency in diverse languages and cultures, skills that are critically important to their academic and career development. Over 2,900 scholarships of up to $5,000 will be awarded this academic year for U.S. citizen undergraduates to study or intern abroad. 


The Udall Foundation awards scholarships to college sophomores and juniors for leadership, public service, and commitment to issues related to Native American nations or to the environment.     In 2018, the Udall Foundation anticipates awarding 50 scholarships of up to $7,000 each.     https://www.udall.gov/OurProgr…/Scholarship/Scholarship.aspx

The U.S. Forest Service (USFS), Premier Partner of The Wildlife Society, is sponsoring a research assistantship program for Native American students. This will be the fourth year for the program, which will facilitate mentoring opportunities for USFS Research & Development (R&D) scientists with the students and promote student advancement and training for careers in natural resource and conservation-related fields. The USFS uses an ecological science-based approach to make informed decisions on the multiple-use management of the National Forests and Grasslands.


The Native American Political Leadership Program (NAPLP) is a full scholarship for Native American, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian students who want to take part in Semester in Washington Politics. It is open to undergraduate and graduate students, including those who have completed their undergraduate degree but have not yet enrolled in a graduate program. NAPLP is made possible by a generous grant from AT&T.


The purpose of the Alfred P. Sloan Graduate Scholarship Programs is to assist efforts to diversify the U.S. Ph.D. degree-holding workforce by increasing the recruitment, retention, and graduation of underrepresented doctoral students in sciences, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), especially in fields where national trends document persistent underrepresentation. A secondary aim is to change the demographics of STEM faculty in U.S. colleges and universities by paying special attention to the preparation of doctoral students from underrepresented minorities (URM) for careers in academia.    There are two established scholarship programs: the Sloan Minority Ph.D. Program (MPHD) and the Sloan Indigenous Graduate Partnership (SIGP). Please see the individual web pages for further information on each.


Corbell Scholarship



Cultural gap inspires mentor group (Las Vegas Review Journal)


The United Nations Overlooks Native Rights in Developed Countries (IPS News Agency)


Bringing together a heritage and a career (UNLV News Center)


Implementation of 2030 Agenda to be the focus at single largest forum on women and girls (UN Women)


Internships, Fellowships, and Opportunities

The STEP-UP Program provides hands-on summer research experience for high school and undergraduate students interested in exploring research careers.  

Program Highlights 

•8 to 10 weeks of full-time research experience 

•Students receive a summer research stipend 

•Students are assigned to a STEP-UP Coordinating Center to help coordinate and monitor their summer research experience 

•Students are paired with experienced research mentors 

•Students are encouraged to choose a research institution and/or mentor near their hometown or within commuting distance of their residence. Students are not required to relocate in order to conduct their summer research. •Students receive training in the responsible conduct of research 

•All-paid travel expenses to the Annual STEP-UP Research Symposium held in Washington, D.C. 

•Students are given the opportunity to conduct a formal oral and poster presentation The STEP-UP Program is a federally funded program managed and supported by the Office of Minority Health Research Coordination (OMHRC) in the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney (NIDDK) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). The overall goal of STEP-UP is to build and sustain a biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social science research pipeline focused on NIDDK’s core mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.  

Eligibility Requirements 

•U.S. Citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent legal resident of U.S.- affiliated territory 

•High school junior or senior (at the time of application) 

•Must meet one or more of the following criteria: ◦Part of an underrepresented racial or ethnic group (American Indian/Alaska Native). ◦Disadvantage as defined by annual family income ◦First generation in family to attend college ◦Diagnosed with a disability limiting one or more major life activities

Apply at: http://stepup.niddk.nih.gov/Register.aspx  (If you are a new participant register as a new user and don't forget to store your email/username and passcode, you will need later if you are a returning, second year use last years' information) Apply October 15, 2018 through February 15, 2019

The Academic Advancement Program (AAP), a multiracial program, represents the best of what US society aspires to: access, equity, opportunity, and excellence. AAP has 3 key goals:   

-To create and administer innovation academic programs for first generation, low-income and students who have been historically underrepresented in higher education; 

 -To provide academic support for a diverse population of undergraduate students in their pursuit of academic excellence; 

 -To promote UCLA access and academic success for high school and community college students across the State's increasingly diverse populations.  http://www.aap.ucla.edu/     

The Native Arts and Cultures Foundation has issued a call for applications to established American Indian and Alaska Native artists to mentor an emerging American Indian and Alaska Native artist apprentice through its for its NACF Mentor Artist Fellowship program.Through the program, mentors will develop lesson plans intended to increase their apprentice's skill level, and provide an experience of intergenerational exchange of cultural knowledge within the apprentice's traditional arts or contemporary visual arts practice. To assist in developing lesson plans, awarded mentors and their apprentices are required to attend a training session before the mentorship begins. The training date will be announced upon notification of the awards.The fellowship provides a monetary award of $30,000 total — $20,000 for the mentor, $5,000 for the joint art project, and $5,000 for the apprentice's expenses. This is a regional fellowship focusing in the Pacific Northwest, Southwest, and Upper Midwest areas of the United States. Eligible applicants must be at least a five-year resident of, and enrolled in an American Indian tribe or Alaska Native corporation located in Alaska, Arizona, Minnesota, New Mexico, North Dakota, Oregon, South Dakota, Southern California (Imperial, Kern, Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino, San Diego, San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Ventura counties), Washington, or Wisconsin. Submission of documentation of American Indian and Alaska Native heritage is part of the application process. For complete program guidelines, information about previous mentors/fellows, and application instructions, visit the NACF website. Link to Complete RFPSUBJECTS: ARTS / CULTUREORGANIZATION: NATIVE ARTS AND CULTURES FOUNDATION

One nine-month residential fellowship is available for a Native scholar working in the humanities, art, art history, or the social sciences. Scholars with doctorates who plan to write their books and PhD candidates who plan to write their dissertations are eligible. Fellows receive a stipend ($40,000 for doctoral level scholars and $30,000 for PhD candidates) in addition to housing and office space on the SAR campus. This fellowship is made possible through the generous support of the Katrin H. Lamon Endowment for Native American Art and Education.  For more information and how to apply:


The Harvard University Center for the Environment created the Environmental Fellows program to enable recent doctorate recipients to use and expand Harvard's extraordinary resources to tackle complex environmental problems. The Environmental Fellows will work for two years with Harvard faculty members in any school or department while also strengthening connections across the University's academic disciplines.       

The Award: The fellowship includes a salary of $66,000 per year, employee health insurance eligibility, up to $2,500 reimbursement for relocation expenses, and a $2,500 annual allowance for travel and other professional expenses.  The Harvard University Center for the Environment expects to award approximately six fellowships for the 2018 cohort. The Center will organize a co-curricular program to ensure that the fellows get to know each other and each other's work. All fellows will attend biweekly dinners with their colleagues, faculty members, and guests. Program Requirements:     Candidates for 2018 Environmental Fellowships should have received their terminal degree between May 2014 and August 2018. (Fellows must have filed their dissertation before starting their appointment in September 2018.)     http://environment.harvard.edu/environmental-fellows-program


Executive Director: Crystal Lee (Navajo) PhD, MPH

Mentorship Information

How to Become a Mentee

-Complete and submit the application (email: info@unitednatives.org)

-Submit most recent academic transcripts from high school or university/college

-Submit a Certificate of Indian Blood or proof of tribal enrollment

-Submit a essay that states your background, academic, and professional goals

-Submit a letter of acceptance from your college/university institution 

-Must be 18 years or older

How to Become a Mentor

-Must be Native American, Alaskan Native, or Native Hawaiian

-Must possess a minimum of a Bachelor's degree from an accredited college/university

-Must submit Mentor Profile questions that will be displayed on our website (email: info@unitednatives.org)

-Must sign Mentor Contract agreement that states all mentor-mentee guidelines (email: info@unitednatives.org)

-Applications are accepted on a rolling basis (email: info@unitednatives.org)

Why Mentorship is Needed

-It helps provide guidance to students for their academic and career aspirations

-Mentors can write letters of recommendations for scholarships, educational related goals, or employment

-Native mentors understand the journey Native students endure academically

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