About Us

For over sixty-five years, the Phoenix Indian Center has been enriching the lives of American Indian people not only through the long-standing services we provide, but also through our connections and relationship building. We are the first urban Indian Center in the Nation of its kind. As one of the early American Indian non-profits, we are a leader in doing this work and continue to be the connection to American Indian communities across the Nation, serving as a home-away from home for our urban American Indian community. We do this by continuing and growing our founding services by offering exemplary employment, educational, cultural enrichment and community engagement services. We are committed to partnering with organizations to maximize the opportunities for the people we serve.

Overview

The Phoenix Indian Center, Inc. was established in 1947 to serve the needs of the American Indians who came to downtown Phoenix to sell their arts and crafts or shop for their families. Our people needed a place to receive messages, freshen up and assistance in finding a job or socializing with other Indians in this urban environment. We recognize that as urban people we all have a strong connection to our homeland, our tribe and are living an urban experience.

After several years of using local community volunteers to help maintain the original location of the Center, on Wall Street (in downtown where Cityscape currently exists), the Center received funding and created a more formal structure. Two long term funders of the agency are the Valley of the Sun United Way and the US Department of Labor.

In 1954, the Center incorporated with the State of Arizona as a private non-profit “501(c) (3)” status. Today, the Center is the primary resource of employment, education, cultural enrichment and community engagement for urban American Indians residing in Maricopa County. It is our goal to keep families intact and help them maneuver through the difficult situations they encounter within their extended family unit. Please take some time to visit the services tab to learn more about what we do.

The Native Workforce Services program offers services in Yavapai County, off-reservation, through our field office in Prescott, AZ. Individuals who are seeking employment can receive assistance with job leads, counseling for job readiness, information and referral and supportive services as needed. Located in a Department of Economic Security facility, computers are also available for resume preparation and online job search. Please contact our Prescott office at 928-759-2875 or visit us at 1519 Gurley Street, Suite #6.

We continue to be leader in this work by assessing, recognizing and embracing community needs and changes, fostering continuous quality improvement, building strong and lasting partnerships, creating strong leadership grounded in cultural values and honoring our history as an organization and peoples. Join us as we continue this important work. We honor your heart and spirit in all that we do!

Our Mission

The Phoenix Indian Center develops a strong American Indian community through collaborative partnerships and providing quality, culturally based services.

Our Vision

The Phoenix Indian Center aspires to be a premier American Indian nonprofit organization supporting American Indian people and the local community through innovative, research based, community driven services by implementing nationally recognized social, economic, educational and cultural programs for all community members.

Our Core Values and Beliefs

INTEGRITY

We will step into every experience with INTEGRITY as a key intention.

ACCOUNTABILITY

We foster and envision ACCOUNTABILITY throughout all levels of the organizations by adhering to strict standards set in place.

ADAPTABILITY and INNOVATION

We encourage continuous problem solving and managed solutions, and will remain ADAPTABLE and INNOVATIVE regardless of the challenge or task before us.

RESPECT HERITAGE

We will RESPECT the spirit of our HERITAGE in every endeavor of our agency.