National Native American Human Resources Association (NNAHRA) Presents 27th Annual Conference: Shaping Our Future in Chandler, AZ

CHANDLER, AZ (September 19, 2023) – The National Native American Human Resources Association (NNAHRA) is thrilled to announce its 27th Annual Conference, scheduled to take place from September 25 – 27 at the Gila River Resorts & Casino in Chandler, AZ. This landmark event promises to bring together Indigenous HR professionals, tribal leaders and experts from across the nation to explore critical issues, share insights and inspire positive change in the field of human resources within Native American communities.

NNAHRA is a nonprofit organization comprised of professionals employed by a Native American Tribe or a tribal enterprise. The organization truly understands the challenges and opportunities that professionals and their organizations face and aims to help create real systems and solutions.

The NNAHRA Annual Conference has consistently been a premier gathering for professionals who are dedicated to enhancing the workforce and human resource management in Indigenous communities. With over 750 attendees expected to attend, this year’s conference theme, “Shaping Our Future,” underscores the organization’s commitment to fostering leadership, innovation and development within Native American HR.

“Our 27th Annual Conference is a significant milestone for NNAHRA as we redefine the future of human resources and tribal leadership,” says Judy Wright, President of NNAHRA. “It’s a testament to our commitment to supporting Native American HR professionals and advancing HR practices within Indigenous communities. We are so excited to have everyone join us for this empowering and educational event.”

Key highlights of the 27th Annual NNAHRA Conference include the following:

  1. Inspiring Keynote Speakers: The conference will feature renowned keynote speakers, thought leaders and industry experts who will share their experiences and insights into empowering indigenous excellence in the HR field.
  2. Educational Workshops: Attendees can participate in a wide range of interactive workshops and breakout sessions covering topics such as tribal labor law, workforce development, diversity and inclusion and many more. These sessions will provide practical strategies for attendees to implement within their organizations.
  3. Networking Opportunities: The conference provides an ideal platform for networking with like-minded professionals, tribal leaders and HR experts. Participants will have the chance to exchange ideas, share best practices and build lasting connections.
  4. Vendor Expo: Explore the latest HR products, services and technologies in the Vendor Expo, featuring industry-leading exhibitors who can help you streamline HR operations and improve efficiency.
  5. Cultural Enrichment: As a celebration of Native American culture, attendees will have the opportunity to engage in cultural activities, enjoy traditional cuisine and experience the rich heritage of the host community.

The NNAHRA 27th Annual Conference is sold out and proves to be the biggest conference to date. For sponsorship opportunities or additional information about the conference, please click here. For media inquiries, please contact Bianca Kasawdish at


The National Native American Human Resources Association is a nonprofit organization comprised of human resources professionals and tribal leaders actively employed by a tribal government or tribal entity. Association and Foundation business is conducted by an elected Board of Directors, who serve two-year terms in a volunteer capacity and all working directly for Human Resources in Indian Country.

Historically, the association started out as a grassroots effort with four tribes meeting to network and share personnel issues and challenges nearly twenty-six years ago. The meetings evolved into conferences, and the membership grew into a formal northwest and then national association. What started with four members is now over 2,000 strong. For more information, please visit