NISBA is governed by a Board of Directors elected for two-year terms. NISBA directors must be current school board members from paid members schools. There are 11 members as follows:
1 at large
2 from the Northwest (WA, OR, ID, MR, WY, AK)
3 from the Northcentral (ND, SD, MI, MN, WI, NE IA)
1 from Central (TX, KS, OK, MO, AR, IL)
3 from Southwest (CA, UT, CO, NM, AZ, NV, HI)
1 from East (ME, NY, MS, FL, NC, etc.)
The board is formed under charter of NISBA incorporated as a nonprofit in New Mexico in 1982. NISBA has IRS 501 ©(3) status.
The Principal offices of NISBA were in Albuquerque, NM until 1993 when we moved to the campus of Salish Kootenai College, a tribal college, in Pablo, MT. One of the reasons for moving to SKC was to be able to use its bookkeeping and other systems and to have access to a supply of student workers. Since the beginning, NISBA has followed the philosophy of a small staff and overhead and utilization of consultants and other Indian organizations so as to maximize service to its constituents.