Civil Rights, Social Action, Advocacy

Association on American Indian Affairs, Inc.

  • Rockville, MD
  • www.indian-affairs.org

Mission Statement

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.

Main Programs

  1. Scholarship Program
  2. Summer Camp Program
  3. Indian Child Welfare
  4. Repatriation & Religious Freedom
Service Areas

Self-reported

National

AAIA works at a grass roots as well as legislative level to support Native communities across the continental US and Alaska.

ruling year

1957

Executive Director

Self-reported

Mr. Jack F. Trope

Keywords

Self-reported

American Indians, Native Americans, Language Preservation, Scholarships, Sacred Lands Protection, Summer Camps, Sovereignty

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EIN

13-1623902

 Number

3194688660

Physical Address

966 Hungerford Drive Suite 12-B

Rockville, 20850

Also Known As

AAIA

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Civil Rights, Advocacy for Specific Groups (R20)

Other Youth Development N.E.C. (O99)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

Self-reported by organization

For 88 years, AAIA has been working to promote and provide the critical elements that Native American Indian children and families need to live happy, healthy and productive lives. Our programs focus upon youth/education (scholarships, child welfare, summer camps), health (diabetes education and prevention), cultural preservation (sacred lands protection, Native language preservation) and the empowerment of tribal communities (federal acknowledgment, funding for tribal programs).

Programs

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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1

Scholarship Program

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

Category

Postsecondary Education

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

None

None

Budget

Program 2

Summer Camp Program

AAIA offers seed grants to summer camps dedicated to teaching Native American children about their culture, language and healthy living.

Category

Cultural Heritage

Population(s) Served

Children Only (5 - 14 years)

Youth/Adolescents only (14 - 19 years)

Native Americans/American Indians

Budget

Program 3

Indian Child Welfare

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.

Category

Children's Rights

Population(s) Served

Children and Youth (infants - 19 years.)

Native Americans/American Indians

None

Budget

Program 4

Repatriation & Religious Freedom

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 also 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.

Category

Cultural Heritage

Population(s) Served

Native Americans/American Indians

None

None

Budget

Service Areas

Self-reported

National

AAIA works at a grass roots as well as legislative level to support Native communities across the continental US and Alaska.

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ASSOCIATION ON AMERICAN INDIAN AFFAIRS INC
Fiscal year: Jan 01-Dec 31
Yes, financials were audited by an independent accountant.

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Operations

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Association on American Indian Affairs, Inc.

Leadership

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Executive Director

Mr. Jack F. Trope

BIO

Jack F. Trope is the Executive Director of the Association on American Indian Affairs (AAIA), an 92 year old Indian advocacy organization with offices in Maryland and South Dakota. Prior to joining AAIA in 2001, Mr. Trope was Director of the Western Area Office in New Mexico for the Save the Children Federation. An attorney by training, Mr. Trope has also held a number of legal positions, including having been a partner with the law firm of Sant, Angelo & Trope for 8 years, a senior staff attorney with AAIA for 6 years and an Assistant Counsel to two New Jersey governors in the early 1980s. He is married and the father of five children.

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Alfred R Ketzler, Athabascan Sr.

BOARD LEADERSHIP PRACTICES

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Yes

BOARD ORIENTATION & EDUCATION

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CEO OVERSIGHT

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ETHICS & TRANSPARENCY

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BOARD COMPOSITION

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BOARD PERFORMANCE

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