Guilford Native American Association

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The Guilford Native American Association (GNAA) is a Native American community association in Guilford County, North Carolina. It is a North Carolina State-recognized American Indian Organization,[1][2] and is a United Way referral agency.

Incorporated in September 1975 by local parents as a non-profit education advocacy group, the association has grown to encompass child care, employment, and age-based community programs. It is the oldest American Indian urban association in North Carolina and one of the oldest organizations of its kind in the United States.[3][4]

Its stated primary goal is to "assist Indian people in achieving social and economic self-sufficiency".[5] It serves over 5,000 Native Americans in Guilford and the surrounding counties.[5] One of its major events since 1976 is an annual pow-wow and cultural festival.[6] The association also operates the Guilford Native American Art Gallery in Greensboro, North Carolina.


  1. ^ "American Indians in North Carolina". Children's Services Practice Notes. North Carolina Division of Social Services. February 2006. Archived from the original on 2007-06-12. Retrieved 2017-12-30.
  2. ^ Paredes, J. Anthony (1992). Indians of the southeastern United States in the late 20th century. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press. p. 53. ISBN 0-8173-0534-3.
  3. ^ Linton B, Stewart LS (2003-08-13). "Section 1: Background" (PDF). Economic Development Assessment for the Guilford Native American Association. Office of Economic Development, University of North Carolina. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2007-07-05. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
  4. ^ "North Carolina American Indian History Time Line". North Carolina Museum of History. Retrieved 2007-05-25.
  5. ^ a b "A Brief History". Guilford Native American Association. Archived from the original on 2009-01-10. Retrieved 2011-07-28.
  6. ^ Reilly, Annie (2001-09-12). "Native American Group Celebrates 25th Powwow". Greensboro News & Record. Retrieved 2017-07-20.

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