For over 100 years, the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA) has served tribal communities across the United States. It is the oldest and longest-running non-profit organization dedicated to upholding tribal sovereignty and self-governance, protecting and preserving Indigenous cultures, educating public audiences on issues of importance to Native communities, and building capacity for advocacy work in Indian Country. Founded in 1922, the Association was established in the midst of federal policies designed to assimilate Native communities into Euro-American society, dissolve tribally-held lands and land rights, and terminate tribal political power through the dissolution of tribal governments. The AAIA is operated by an all-Indigenous Board of Directors and Chief Executive. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the AAIA no longer operates out of its longtime physical office space in Montgomery County but continues to advance its important mission across the nation. For those interested in staying up to date with Native news and learning more about Indigenous issues, the Association on American Indian Affairs offers an online show: Red Hoop Talk.
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