Phoenix Indian Center is the oldest Native American agency in Phoenix and was the nation’s first Indian Center. Founded in 1947, the Center began as a drop-in location for Native Americans coming to Phoenix looking for work. Today, the organization serves urban Natives through workforce development, education, cultural and language preservation and family counseling. At any given time, more than 4,000 Native Americans access the Center’s services. More than two-thirds of those are unemployed and more than 75 percent live below the poverty level. The majority of these households are headed by women and include children.