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966 Hungerford Dr

Maryland 20850

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Programs: - AAIA's various scholarships help nearly 100 students per year pursue graduate and undergraduate studies.

- AAIA continues work to ensure appropriate implementation of the Indian Child Welfare Act, which AAIA drafted and helped to enact in 1978 to protect children placed in foster care or adoption.

- AAIA is working with tribes and traditional Indian religious petitioners in efforts to protect Sacred Lands such as the Bighorn Medicine Wheel in Wyoming.

- AAIA played a key role in enacting the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act and continues to assist efforts to repatriate ancestors and sacred objects to their tribes.

- AAIA is working with tribes to educate their members about diabetes and health related issues.

- AAIA is involved in the implementation of a language preservation program with the Sisseton-Wahpeton Sioux tribe in South Dakota.

- AAIA provides funding for youth summer camps with a cultural, health, substance abuse, & self-esteem focus.

The mission of AAIA is to promote the welfare of American Indians and Alaska Natives by supporting efforts -

- to sustain and perpetuate their cultures and languages;

- to protect their sovereignty, constitutional, legal and human rights and natural resources;

- to improve their health, education, and economic and community development.


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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, ... more »
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 ... more »
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... more »
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