OUR MISSION STATEMENT
A Community Development Corporation (CDC)
To establish a Native American Organization open to all people including persons with origins in any of the original peoples of North America and or who maintains cultural identification through tribal affiliation or has community recognition within the Native American Community as an American Indian or Alaskan Native and who are committed to the cultural development, career advancement, education, understanding and the general well being of Native Americans.
Promote economic self-sufficiency, cultural awareness and preservation for American Indians and Alaska Natives. To enhance existing programs, develop new programs to benefit the general welfare, education, health and wellness of Native Americans by using culturally specific programming to support our efforts. Establish and maintain education, cultural, recreational, economic, health conscious programs for American Indians and other minorities. Eliminate barriers of discrimination. Educate and broaden the knowledge of the American public of American Indian issues and culture.
As a CDC: We are a community development corporation that is a not-forprofit incorporated to provide programs, offer services and engage in other activities that promote and support community development….
As an NGO: A non-governmental organization (NGO) meaning as a citizen-based association that operates independently of the government, usually to deliver resources or serve some social or political purpose. The World Bank classifies NGOs as either operational NGOs, which are primarily concerned with development projects, or advocacy NGOs, which are primarily concerned with promoting a cause.
One characteristic we share with other diverse organizations is that our nonprofit status means we are not hindered by short-term financial objectives, And yet we are purists because we do not accept Federal or State funding but rely on the community and businesses that we look to for help, some businesses and corporations will come into our organization, share in an event with us, make a small donation and take that as their “Diversity awareness event” and then parade that information to the community year after year, others will remain in it for the long haul seeing the value in what we do. There are some that will seek out a reason to distance themselves (as has been done in the past) stating they may not “like” a certain person or business that is involved with our organization and to them I would say:
Not one single member or volunteer is paid for what they do at the AIEBC and as an educated person to simply turn your back on a whole community, a whole race and a total culture based solely on how you feel towards one single person of that race is no different than profiling the whole race itself and to that I would say its important for us to remove ourselves from that relationship anyhow, It is racist, inflammatory and it is not what we are willing to stand idle by and watch and its my hope that anyone that has ever felt slighted, abused or neglected by another person of another race to please refrain from judging that persons entire race based on a single biased opinion, act or statement.
Our Charitable orientation involves a top-down paternalistic effort with little participation by the “beneficiaries”. It includes activities directed toward meeting the needs of the poor with programs such as weatherization or our Christmas event.
Our Service orientation includes activities such as assisting in the provision of health and education services in which the program designed by us but the people are expected to participate in its implementation and in receiving the service. Such as our Job and business development and our Internship drives
Our Participatory orientation is characterized by self-help projects where local people are involved particularly in the implementation of a project by contributing cash, tools, land, materials, labor, school equipment etc. In the classical community development project, participation begins with the need definition and continues into the planning and implementation stages.
Our Empowering orientation aims to help our clients to develop a clearer understanding of the social, political and economic factors affecting their lives, and to strengthen their awareness of their own potential power to control their lives. We facilitate this with our get out and VOTE program and community awareness. Our Community-based organization orientation (CBOO) arises out of our own initiatives. Being responsible for raising the consciousness of the urban poor, helping them to understand their rights in accessing needed services, and providing such services through our chamber, coalitions, educational groups and our association with community organizations.