About

The central offices of NAIA are located in Nashville, Tennessee, and have program operations in various areas of the counties of the State of Tennessee. The NAIA represents many tribes.

Native American Indian Association of Tennessee
230 Spence Lane, Nashville TN 37210-3623
(615) 232-9179  •  n a i a @ n a i a t n . o r g
www.naiatn.org

Overview

The Native American Indian Association of Tennessee, Incorporated (NAIA) is a service agency for Indians of Tennessee. It has been chartered as a tax-exempt non-profit corporation since October 1983, under provisions of section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code to improve the quality of life for Indians in Tennessee. NAIA has helped the Indian people in its service area to achieve the following goals:

  1. Improve the services in education and decrease illiteracy.
  2. Expand job opportunities and promote better employment.
  3. Increase knowledge and awareness of Indian culture.
  4. Promote Indian unity and organization.
  5. Improve services for daycare, housing, health, social services, and nutrition for low-income Indian people.

NAIA is the only statewide non-profit organization with an all-Indian Board of Directors elected by the membership. NAIA represents the concerns of the more than 10,000 Native American Indian residents of Tennessee. NAIA is a service organization based on the principles of self-determination and self-reliance.

NAIA strives to represent all Native American Indians regardless of sex or tribe. Because there are no reservations in Tennessee, there has been no state or federal recognition of the Indian population and no services directed to them.

Statement of Non-Political Involvement

As a public, non-profit organization, the NAIA is specifically prohibited from participation or intervention in any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office. Furthermore, NAIA cannot invest “a substantial part of the activities of the Organization to the carrying on of propaganda or otherwise attempting to influence legislation.”

These limitations do not restrict the Organization in providing information to the public or to elected officials about educational topics. Additionally, it does not restrict the Organization in organizing forums or disseminating information to the public with furthers its mission statement.