Native Chartered Student Organizations


Becoming involved in campus life provides students an opportunity to become more engaged with peers and develop lifetime friendships. Community building, leadership, networking, and volunteer services are just a few of the benefits of becoming involved in a student organization. For more information about the hundreds of Chartered Student Organizations or to learn how to establish a NEW organization, connect with the Student Activities Center.

Currently chartered UNM American Indian student organizations include:

American Indian Business Association (AIBA)
Our mission as the American Indian Business Association (AIBA) is to encourage and stimulate tribal economic development. AIBA strives toward guidance and opportunities for its members through regular open council meetings and numerous student support services.
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American Indian Council of Architects & Engineers (AICAE)

The Mission of the UNM Student Chapter of the American Indian Council of Architects and Engineers (AICAE) is to provide a support network of students in the School of Architecture and Planning at the University of New Mexico.

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American Indian Science & Engineering Society (AISES)
The American Indian Science and Engineering Society (AISES) is a private, nonprofit organization, which nurtures building of community by bridging science and technology with traditional Native values. Through its education program, AISES provides opportunities for Native Americans and Alaskan Natives to pursue studies in Science, Engineering, Business, and other academic areas. The trained professionals then become technologically informed leaders within the Native American community. AISES' advancement of Native Americans as they seek to become self-reliant and self-determined members of society.
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The purpose of KIVA Club is to encourage student and community involvement with Native American issues and events on the University of New Mexico campus and in the surrounding communities; promote higher education, and preserve and encourage the growth of cultural values and identities of Native American students while also providing a positive social environment for students attending or working at UNM.  KIVA Club’s major trademark is the “Nizhoni Days.” Nizhoni Days was first conducted in 1955. Nizhoni Days is a week of celebration and sharing of American Indian culture with UNM students, staff, faculty, and the general public. 
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Native American Law Student Association (NALSA)
The purpose of the UNMSOL NALSA shall be to: articulate and promote the professional needs and goals of Native Law Students and their allies; foster and encourage professional competence; focus upon the relationship of the Native American Law Student, the Native American Attorney and their allies to the American legal structure; instill in every attorney and Law Student a greater awareness and commitment to the needs of the Native American community; influence the legal community to bring about meaningful change to meet the needs of the Native American community; adopt and implement a policy of economic independence; encourage law students to pursue careers in the judiciary; and do all things necessary and appropriate to accomplish these purposes. However, this organization will not limit itself to this sole objective. We reserve the right to become involved in other objectives.
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Native American Studies Indigenous Research Group (NASIRG)

The Native American Studies Indigenous Research Group (NASIRG) was formed in October 2004 to celebrate Indigenous Day, an alternative to Columbus Day. Since its inception, NASIRG has promoted many events, lectures, and research presentations that focus on Indigenous issues. NASIRG continues to educate and inform the general public and students about major concerns in the Native American Studies Field. As a group, we are also committed to preserving cultural traditions among the various Native communities. Our involvement with the University's community has allowed us to achieve many goals.

The purpose of this organization is to encourage research participation, raise consciousness regarding Indigenous issues, increase student community involvement, and foster the exchange of ideas through academic and peer support.

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Native Health Initiative (NHI)

The Native Health Initiative (NHI) is a partnership to address health inequities through loving service. We currently have 4 projects, in NC, NM, CA, and CT.

We are the only American Indian (AI) partnership in the U.S. that is run by Tribes working with health professions students. Other unique apects to our partnership

  •  Health projects created and driven by Tribal communities
  • 95% funded by loving service and only 5% monetary donations 
  • Community members and volunteers share of their cultures  
  • Communities empower their youth to realize their heritage, their potential, and their power to become leaders
  • No room for negativity, but we always recognize there is room for improvement

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Society for the Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native American in Science Lobos (SACNAS Lobos)
The Lobos chapter of SACNAS strives to support students by providing academic and career mentorship and guidance. All students, regardless of major or career goals, are encouraged to engage withe the Lobos chapter to explore career opportunities and additional preparation throughout their tenure at UNM (and beyond!). We offer networking events, mentoring, research experience opportunities, graduate school preparation (including waivers!), and much more!

Contact: or see us on Twitter @ SACNASlobos 

Society of Native American Graduate & Undergraduate Students (SNAGUS)
The purpose of the Society of Native American Graduate & Undergraduate Students (SNAGUS) is to better represent the concerns and interests of graduate students at UNM. Our goal is to provide a network of graduate students and faculty members among the American Indian population on campus and the surrounding communities.
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