SAIGE’s mission is to:
*promote the recruitment and professional development of American Indian and Alaska Natives in government, and support their equal rights;
*utilize training to promote understanding and relationships between tribal, federal and other government entities;
*educate federal agencies in the history and obligations of the federal Indian trust responsibility, assisting them in its implementation; and
*provide a yearly national forum for issues and topics affecting American Indian and Alaska Native government employees.
SAIGE is an all volunteer non-profit organization with no paid employees. Since there are no paid employees, all funds raised go directly to the modest operational cost of the organization and to fund its national training program which includes youth and veteran programs. Additionally, SAIGE provides scholarships and makes donations to native communities in need. SAIGE was formed in 2002, became a 501-c-3 non-profit in 2003, and held its first annual training program in 2004. SAIGE changes the location each year to create periodic greater access to the vaiety of tribes and government agencies across the country. SAIGE consistently provides top national speakers, relevant and engaging workshops and is regularly rated as one of the most outstanding government training programs. For more information and media about SAIGE, its board of directors and its programs, please visit www.saige.org.