American Indian Community Council was established in 1998 as a public –private community council under the Los Angeles County Children’s Planning Council. Formerly known as the Los Angeles American Indian Children’s Council, AICC is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization. Since its inception, the AICC has served as a central hub and is a resource for the Los Angeles American Indian/Alaska Native Community.
Today, AICC’s vision is to empower the Los Angeles American Indian community through leadership and self determination. Currently, Los Angeles has the largest concentration of American Indians. Based on 2010 Census, there are 213,592 American Indian’s in Los Angeles County.
AICC operates six work groups. Each of its programs is managed through community involvement with the support of the board:
United Native Youth of LA (UNYLA)
UNYLA is comprised of representatives from each of the major American Indian community-based youth councils, along with churches, sports leagues, and tribal associations, who gather to provide a collective-youth voice within Los Angeles County.
Indian Child Welfare Act (ICWA) Taskforce
AICC has assumed the role of convener and organizer within the collaboration of ICWA and the Los Angeles County Department of Children and Family Service’s Indian Unit.
AICC looks to our elders for their knowledge and life experience. The elders meet to discuss issues in the community, and provide guidance for our youth and community. Their focus is to help us find a better balance between urban and the traditional ways of living.
First Women, First Tuesday, Come to the Fire
First Women, First Tuesday is rooted in a Women’s Talking Circle that serves to: empower Native American/Indigenous Woman in their identity and embrace and share their gifts.
Family Economic Success (FES)
AICC will help to offer Native volunteer income tax assistance (VITA) center, provide tax preparer training to 10 community members, plan to provide financial education to 50 community members, and provide the community with greater access to asset-building resources.
Mental Health Reform –
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