National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) is seeking support from Tribal Leaders and Indian Country
Dear Tribal Leaders: The National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. (NICOA) is asking you to invest in our distinguished mission - to advocate for improved comprehensive health, social services and economic wellbeing of American Indian and Alaska Native Elders (AI/ANs). NICOA was founded in 1976 by the National Tribal Chairman's Association, led by the honorable late Wendell Chino, Chairman of the Mescalero Apache Tribe.
Our most treasured resources, American Indian and Alaska Native Elders reside in various locations across the country and represent the immense diversity of the 567 federally recognized tribes. Many of our Elders live on and off Indian lands. The U.S. Census reports that we have an estimated 380,000 Elders age 55 and older. There are needs across the country for aging services and supports for Elders, especially in the remote areas of the country that are the hardest to reach. Elders in the urban and rural lands are seldom provided culturally appropriate support and resources.
NICOA is working to provide Aging Network, services providers, and policy makers with essential information about the service needs of AI/AN Elders across the country through the following initiatives:
This project will fuel our goal to serve as a National Resource and Information Center on AI/AN Aging. Your help will make this happen. Elders need our help to navigate resources and services, because healthy Elders are happy Elders.
NICOA is grant funded for much of our work, but for us to effectively advocate on behalf of our Elders, we must truly understand their needs by meeting with them directly. We are working with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) to support our collective work through their Elder Subcommittee and to ensure that NCAI is aware of the needs of our Elders across Indian Country.
We respectfully ask for your donation to the National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. Help us to grow and nourish our ability to advocate for improved services and supports for our Elders.
Contact us for a donation form, for your investment in the health, security, and wellbeing of Elders. Our Elders are valued by all our Nations. Please support them by donating to NICOA's mission.
James DeLaCruz, Chairman (Member of the Quinault Nation)
For More Information please contact: James DeLaCruz, NICOA Board Chairman or Randella Bluehouse, Executive Director at National Indian Council on Aging, Inc. One Executive Center 8500 Menaul Blvd. NE, Suite B-470 Albuquerque, NM 87112 Phone: 505-292-2001 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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