North American Indian Center of Boston
|This article relies on references to primary sources. (January 2008)|
The North American Indian Center of Boston, Inc. (NAICOB) is a non-profit organization located in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, which provides assistance to American Indians, Native Canadians, and other indigenous peoples of North America.
According to its website, the organization's mission is as follows:
to promote greater self-determination, socio-economic self-sufficiency, spiritual enhancement, intercultural under-standing and other forms of empowerment for the North American Indian Community and to assist North American Indians in obtaining an improved quality of life by providing health, job training, education, housing, and other related programs and social services.
The NAICOB was organized as the Boston Indian Council (BIC) in 1969. The center's founders included writer Mildred Noble, Canadian activist Anna Mae Aquash and the artist/musician Philip Young, both of whom were of the Micmac nation.
The organization was founded as a non-profit corporation in 1991, following bankruptcy of the BIC, and provides services to the Native American population (about 6,000) in and around the greater Boston area. The Center networks with tribal councils in other parts of Massachusetts as well as other East Coast states. Current NAICOB projects include Employment and Training, Family Services, and a Tribal Scholars program.
NAICOB is governed by a seven-member, all Indian, Board of Directors who are elected by the membership. Membership is free to all American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Native Hawaiians living in and around the greater Boston area.
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