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Services and Eligibility

Make a Commitment to Success

Our priority is for clients to achieve Success! 

The Rhode Island Indian Council, Inc is a Regional Urban Indian Center and one of the largest Indian and Native American funded non-profit agencies. Our service area encompasses five states across the East Coast: Rhode Island, Connecticut, Delaware, New Jersey and New York. For more than 43 years our agency has paved the way for the Native American community to succeed and become economically independent. We are dedicated to fulfilling our commitment to help our native population navigate their job training, employment and education goals. 



  • Enrolled Tribal Member in either a Federal or State recognized tribe with documentation.  

  • Unemployed (or underemployed based on wage qualifications) 

  • Obtained a High School diploma or GED

  • Aged 17+

  • Living in RI, CT, NY, NJ or DE 

  • Registered with Selective Service  (males 18+) 


What Documentation is Needed? - please bring these documents with you

  • Tribal Identification- you, a parent or grandparent must be documented in a recognized tribe. (Tribal ID) 

  •  Two forms of picture ID or Social Security Card

  • Birth Certificate

  • Selective Service Registration form 

  • 3 weeks of current paystubs (if currently employed) 

  • Current Resume 


HOW CAN WE HELP Services we can Provide:

  • Career Counseling 

  • Job Search and Placement

  • Resume Assistance

  • Work Experience 

  • Job Training Tuition Assistance

  • Post-Secondary Tuition Assistance

  • College Books, Tools, or Work Related Items required for Employment 

  • Guidance into the Workforce 

  • Native Community House

  • Interview Assistance  

  • Cultural Center and Community Involvement Center

  • Self Service resources for online job search 


JOB TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES, we will help you find an accredited training provider :

  • Class A CDL (Commercial Drivers License) 

  • Medical Careers and Certifications (CNA, LPN, Medical Billing, Dental Assistant EKG, Paramedic, CPR, Phlebotomy and more) 

  • HVAC 

  • Rhode Island Carpenters Union 

  • Trade Job Apprenticeships 

  • Pharmacy Technician 

  • Early Childhood Education

  • Security Guard Certification 

  • Culinary

  • Hospitality 

  • ...and more! what are you interested in? We can help guide you to a financially rewarding career path!

Success Story: 

"My dream of a career in genetic counseling is becoming a reality, thanks to the support and generosity of the Rhode Island Indian Council. From a young age I was driven to pursue a career in which I could make a profound impact on individuals, families, and communities. However, funding a college education remains a constant struggle. Through the council’s College Assistance program I was able to achieve the first milestone in my career path, receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree specializing in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, and Genetics from Boston University in 2017. Two years later, the council is granting me yet another opportunity to continue my educational pursuits as I prepare for the inaugural Genetic Counseling Class of 2021 at the Massachusetts General Hospital Institute of Health Professions. I am excited to begin this journey with the resolve to improve treatment and prevention strategies for all through the promise of precision medicine, and I’d like to thank the Rhode Island Indian Council for making it all possible. I am honored to be a part of a community working so hard to empower their fellow natives."

-Sheyenne (Narragansett Indian Tribe) 


Your Responsibility

Each  individual has the opportunity for services. You must be an advocate in your own success story and keep in touch with your case worker.  Clients can be removed from the program if communication is not maintained.

Call if:

  • Changes to your phone number address/personal information 

  • Change in employment or wages

  • Withdrawal from any training or schooling occurs 

  • Students seeking tuition assistance must send grades at the end of each semester, maintain 3.0 GPA

  • Payment requests for tuition or supplies must be sent to your case worker ASAP for approval.

  •  Updates need to be made to your Resume

  • Second party family members may not call on your behalf due to confidentiality and regulations

If you are enrolled in the program, you will remain active for appx 1 year. After that period a client that has received services or entered into employment will be exited. At which time, you may be considered for re-enrollment after 1 year and a day.