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. Other areas of interest are always open for discussion, with the exception of tribal sovereignty and casinos. Indiana state law prohibits the Commission’s involvement in these areas.
Other topics that do not fall under the categories noted above can still be presented to and addressed by the Commission. These may include: Veteran’s concerns, Homeless Native Americans, Boarding School survivors and Child Welfare situations, to name a few. Some issues, such as decisions regarding Native American human remains, are considered tribal matters and are outside the scope of the Commission’s involvement. The Commission can, however, be a point of resource and referral should these matters arise.