Over the years, Indian people of many different tribes moved into the metropolitan area of Washington, D.C. With them they brought their ancestral traditions. Always they looked for companionship with other people of similar history and interests.
For 50 years, the American Indian Society has worked to support the goals it established in 1966: to preserve Indian culture and perpetuate Indian tradition; to promote fellowship among members to all American Indian tribes; to enlighten the public and encourage better understanding of the Indian people; and to assist young Indian boys and girls in their academic studies through its Scholarship Program. We hope you will join us to support the next generation of native leaders and continue our work to preserve Indian culture in this nation.
These goals are achieved in several different ways. Members are encouraged to learn arts and crafts, songs and dances of their tribes, or to share their knowledge with others who require teaching. The Society responds to requests for Indian performers at charity benefits, especially for children, poor people, and those in hospitals.
Many paid performances are staged in response to requests by local television and radio stations; scouts and schools; churches, civic and social groups, foreign embassies, etc. The members feel that in this way they can reach the largest number of people - those who might otherwise never see an authentic Indian tribal dance or hear real Indian music. Each paid performance brings the group funding for scholarships for Indian students. Scholarships are awarded in September of each year.