The Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission studies and makes recommendations to appropriate federal, state and local governmental agencies in areas of concern to our state's Native and non-Native people. The ultimate objectives are to bring the Native community together, help identify and provide opportunities to the Native American people, and enhance social, cultural, community and economic development in Indiana.
Commission meetings are open to the public and everyone is encouraged to attend and participate. Meeting dates, times and locations are posted on this website here. The areas of focus identified by Indiana State Statute include: Employment, Education, Civil Rights, Health and Housing.
The Indiana State Law prohibits the Commission's involvement in the areas of tribal sovereignty and casinos.
The Indiana State Law also states the definition of Native American Indian in code 4-23-32-2.
The rules to address the commission is to either email the director at MelWilliams@icrc.in.gov with the details of the issue so it can be passed to the commissioners to study and research then meet with that individual. Complete the form to address the commissioners at the end of the commission meeting.
On this website you will find links to Upcoming Events, Resources, News Releases, Public Meetings, information about the Commissioners and the Indiana Statute that governs this Commission. Please check back often for updates and we look forward to seeing you at our meetings!
MeLissa Williams became the Director of the Indiana Native American Indian Affairs Commission, (INAIAC) in 2018. As the director, Williams collaborates with various federal, state, and local agencies to promote the INAIAC’s mission. The mission is to resolve issues to improve lives of Native Americans in Indiana in the areas of civil rights, health, housing, education, and employment.
Williams is also an enrolled tribal member of the Eastern Band of Cherokee located in Cherokee, North Carolina on the Qualla Boundary. She earned her Master of Science in Management and Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Oakland City University. MeLissa and her husband, Steve live in Indianapolis. Her stepdaughter, Jennifer Young and husband, Dr. Brandt Young live in Zionsville. Her daughter, Shayna lives with her fiancée’, Eric Duong in Marvel, North Carolina. Shayna is the social worker for the Cherokee Middle School in Cherokee, North Carolina. MeLissa and her husband, Steve raised their family in Mount Vernon, Indiana for over thirty years before moving to Indianapolis. MeLissa and Steve volunteered for over eight years as a host family for international students attending the University of Southern Indiana. At this present time, Sam Alanazi that graduated from the University of Southern Indiana and has been with them for over four years. Sam is from Saudi Arabia but living in Nashville, Tennessee at Vanderbilt Hospital. Director Williams is extremely passionate in helping children to improve their lives and to serve her people.