The American Indian Institute recognizes traditional Indian wisdom as an endangered human resource that is relevant to today’s world and that holds keys to our common survival.
Looking seven generations into the future, we see a world in which the values and traditions of Indigenous Peoples are respected for the wisdom they hold for the Earth and all life. We pursue this vision by supporting Indigenous Elders and Youth as they teach, motivate, and celebrate traditional Indigenous knowledge and Peoples today.
We facilitate gatherings of traditional Indigenous Peoples, promote and support healing of Indigenous communities and Mother Earth, and we support efforts to educate non-Indigenous people about the wisdom and harmony inherent in the traditional Indigenous worldview.
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The mission of the American Indian Institute is to support and uplift the ancient wisdom and cultural heritage of the Indigenous peoples of the Americas, and to translate this ancient wisdom into a contemporary context for all peoples.
The Institute recognizes the devastation that all Indigenous Peoples have faced historically, and the many obstacles that they continue to face today. Therefore, we commit to fostering greater understanding of the sacred Indigenous way of life and its potential to move us beyond a society that routinely desecrates Mother Earth and sacrifices life, by bringing us back into harmony with all creation.
The Institute achieves its mission by serving as a support source for the work of Traditional Indigenous Elders and Youth, from Indigenous nations throughout the Americas.
How to Help
Please consider donating. The American Indian Institute is a national nonprofit, charitable organization with IRS 501(c)(3) tax exempt status, Federal Tax I.D. #81-0339551. Financing for programming and operations comes entirely from charitable contributions.
In accordance with the traditional values of the Traditional Circle of Indian Elders and Youth, the Institute neither seeks nor accepts funding from governmental or gaming agencies.
Above All Else, Respect
"I do not think the measure of a civilization is how tall its buildings of concrete are, but rather how well its people have learned to relate to their environment and fellow man."
~ Sun Bear, Chippewa Tribe