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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 EventsResourcesNews ReleasesPublic 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!

INAIAC Director


Lisa L. Welch assumed her role as director of the Indiana Native American Indian Commission (INAIAC) in February of 2020. She has worked at the Indiana Civil Rights Commission (ICRC) since 2018, serving as deputy director of external affairs and communications strategist. As director, Welch 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.

Before joining the ICRC and INAIAC, Welch served as communications manager for the Regenstrief Institute, a research affiliate of the Indiana University School of Medicine. She is passionate about integrating data with compelling storytelling to drive behavior, cultivate equity and understanding, and ultimately improve lives. Director Welch holds a master's degree in communication from Purdue University.


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