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PURPOSE OF THE NAIA

The Native American Indian Association (NAIA) is a service agency for Indians residing in Tennessee. It is a private non-profit agency established in 1980 to help improve the quality of life for Native American people in the state. To raise the level of consciousness of the non-Indian population in the state of Tennessee to a fuller awareness of the past history and current status of Native American Indians by sponsoring, promoting and conducting seminars, institutes, education programs and public information activities.

1 To sponsor, promote and conduct programs to research on subjects related to American Indians.

2 To sponsor, promote and provide social services and other forms of assistance to American Indians who are in need of relief.

3 To locate public and private agencies which can provide health, education, welfare, employment and other services to American Indian people in the state of Tennessee, and to advise and assist Indian people in obtaining and utilizing such services.

4 To assist American Indians and persons of Indian descent in learning of and obtaining the benefits of the programs, services, rights and privileges to which they and their Indian tribes are entitled under the laws and treaties of the United States of America.

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