Native American Affairs

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Color Guard at the Let's Move in Indian Country launch in Keshena, WI in May 2011. (Photo by Office of Public Affairs-Indian Affairs.)

Indian Tribes and organizations that support Native American communities have been successfully drawing upon national service resources to meet family and community needs for more than 45 years. The Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) through its Senior Corps, AmeriCorps State and National, AmeriCorps VISTA, and AmeriCorps NCCC programs has a long-standing commitment to working with tribal nations on a government-to-government basis and is committed to enhancing the collaboration process across all programs to address critical issues affecting Native American communities.

CNCS offers a variety of programs and services to tribal governments, tribal organizations, urban American Indian organizations, and national and local non-profit organizations serving Native American communities.

CNCS is committed to supporting the culture of service that has existed in Native American communities for generations supporting service as the solution to address critical issues of concern such as:

  • Assistance to Elders Children and Youth
  • Education Health and Wellness
  • Cultural Preservation Job Training
  • Economic Development Veterans and Military Families
  • Traditional Language Preservation Traditional Lands Preservation
  • Environmental Stewardship Disaster Preparedness

CNCS's commitment to working with Native American communities was greatly strengthened in 2009, when President Obama signed the Edward M. Kennedy Serve America Act, which amended the national service laws. This legislation not only makes service a solution for the challenges facing communities, it expands service opportunities, focuses national service on key outcomes, builds the capacity of individuals, and nonprofits to succeed and encourages innovative approaches to solving problems.

To underscore this commitment, CNCS has a Strategic Advisor for Native American Affairs (Erin Dahlin, edahlin@cns.gov) who is the agency’s primary liaison to American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian communities, and the organizations and federal agencies who serve them. This senior advisory position works across all programs and support units to increase Native American participation in national and community service and to develop and enhance programming to address the unique needs of Native American communities.

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