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Association On American Indian Affairs, Inc.

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Address:

966 Hungerford Drive No 12b Rockville MD 20850 USA

Mission:

Founded in 1922, the organization assists american indian and alaska native communities in their efforts to achieve full economic, social and civic equality, and to defend their rights. Aaia is governed by a board of directors consisting of prominent indian people from such fields of law, education. Health and public services and is funded by its members and contributors.

Programs:

Scholarships, education and youth - aaia provides scholarships to native american graduate and undergraduate students and seed grants to summer camps which focus upon native culture, language and diabetes prevention. We work to promote proper interpretation and implementation of the indian child welfare act and provide information and training for tribes seeking to operate title iv-e child welfare programs. We advocate for reforms to the juvenile justice system that will reduce the incarceration of native american youth and increase tribal involvement.

legal affairs - in addition to some of the legal activities described under scholarships, education and youth, we advocate for changes in federal policies to protect cultural practices, including protection of sacred places. We also work to promote international repatriation of human remains and cultural items. We file amicus briefs in cases that are related to our priorities, such as implementation of the indian child welfare act. We provide training to federal officials and others on the laws pertaining to native american cultural issues and laws such as the native american graves protection and repatriation act, and prepare materials about these topics. We work to reform the federal recognition process.

public education - we prepare and circulate two print newsletters each year and e-newsletters monthly. We also sponsor an annual forum in new york city in connection with our annual meeting which includes the showing of native films. We take part in radio and print interviews in regard to topics about which we have expertise and we also have active facebook and twitter sites where we provide information about issues and activities relevant to native americans and those interested in native peoples.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Dakota iapi nina teunhidapi. We all cherish our Dakota language. As a former grantmaker in Native Language Revitalization, there are efforts underway among Indigenous people throughout the world to renew, restore and revitalize language. Language is the root of a people's identity, culture, knowledge systems and lifeways. I support wholeheartedly the efforts of AAIA to revitalize the Dakota language for a new generation. The academic benefits of language and culture based education for Native students is well-documented.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The language materials developed by this organization have been invaluable to other organizations engaged in similar work. They have filled a critical niche in the development of Dakota language materials, and have formed several key partnerships.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

 
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

The Association On American Indian Affairs, Inc. has worked extensively to create much-needed materials, including storybooks, posters, audio CDs, teacher phrase books, and CD-Roms, for children and adults learning Dakota, an endangered indigenous language of the Northern Plains and adjacent woodlands. Resources for Dakota, especially children's resources, are extremely hard to come by. Most Dakota language teachers spend what limited planning time they have creating their own materials. For myself and other Dakota language teachers, the professional-quality materials from AAIA have been indispensable. Not only are their resources centered in the Dakota way of life, they also can be easily integrated with topics (fall harvest, health, life cycle, important political figures, etc) already covered in a standard classroom. Furthermore, all of the materials are developed under the guidance of elders or fluent Dakota speakers, and often, young language learners take part in creating them as well! Most of those who are fluent Dakota speakers are 50 years of age or older, so in the effort to revitalize the language, our most important task is to retain the wisdom of the elders by passing their knowledge on to the younger generations. Through their work in language preservation, AAIA is doing just that!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

using the materials they have created in both elementary and adult/families classes.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

provide them with more funding in order ensure that their important work continues.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

collaborating with others who share the same vision.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

deeply dedicated to revitalizing the Dakota language.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

continue to build on its invaluable collection of original Dakota language materials.

Ways to make it better...

I lived closer to the organization.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

the limited number of fluent Dakota speakers.

One thing I'd also say is that...

AAIA is one of only about 3-4 organizations in the world creating educational materials for Dakota and those of us involved in Dakota language revitalization are very grateful to have them as a resource.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Associaion on American Indian Affairs work is integral to the Dakota community and especially the Minnesota Dakota. AAIA has been able to produce a number of Dakota language resources that are helpful in the revitalization and preservation of the Dakota langauge. With approximately 8 fluent Dakota speakers in Minnesota, accessing resources for language learning is crucial to the survival of our language. With few D-dialect Dakota language materials, we continue to rely on AAIA. Without financial resources, AAIA would not be able to provide this role in our Dakota communities.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

accessing Dakota language resources and they've most recently supported our summer Dakota language camp, held in Morton, MN.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their willingness to share.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

nina waste!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

provide unlimited learning resources

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

 
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