Native Workplace Inc. is a Native operated non- profit organization created in 2002 with the objective to
educate the community on jobs in renewable energy, to provide strategic workforce development and tribal
planning. Our mission is to create opportunity while honoring Native culture with results that improve the
quality of life for Native families.
Cristala Mussato-Allen (Caddo) founded the organization and serves as the executive director. NWP has
provided workshops and seminars for several Federal agencies such as the Department of Interior Office of
Indian Energy & Economic Development (OIEED), Department of Labor, California Indian Manpower, and
Department of Energy Tribal Energy Program, the National Congress of American Indians, National Center for
American Indian Enterprise Development, National Tribal Employment Rights Council and the National
Wildlife Federation. Additional work includes contracts from the Department of Interior BIA workforce
development, Oglala Lakota Sioux Tribe Housing and OST Renewable Energy Program among others.
NWP entered the hemp and cannabis industries as Tribal Liaisons to assist tribes and corporations
in the development of Cannabis-Hemp education and commerce. NWP launched our effort by hosting the
first Tribal Hemp & Cannabis Summit at the Indian Pueblo Cultural Center in Albuquerque, NM April 2015.
Board of Directors
Lee Ann TallBear:
Tribal Affiliation: Sisseton Wahpeton Oyate-Dakota
Tribal Affiliation: Caddo
Executive Director, Native Workplace
Tribal Affiliation: Pawnee
Pawnee Tribal Development Corporation
Tribal Affiliation: Navajo-Standing Rock Sioux
Owner & CEO iinaba Inc Environmental Remediation
Tribal Affiliation: Rosebud Sioux
South Dakota State Legislator
Tribal Affiliation: Oglala/Cheyenne/Ojibwe
The Buffalo Grass Company
Tribal Affiliation: Creek
Owner & CEO Environmental Management Services
|Our primary focus is to foster development through community education.
Our specialty is creating innovative planning specifically designed for Indian country.