About the American Indian Community House
The mission of American Indian Community House (AICH) is to provide an urban oasis for the Indigenous Peoples of the western hemisphere who are in the greater New York area, empowering them with skills and education in order to compete in 21st Century urban living. We strive to build bridges of cultural understanding and strengthen community ties.
AICH is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization serving the health, social service, and cultural needs of Native Americans residing in New York City.
AICH was founded in 1969, by Native American volunteers as a community-based organization, mandated to improve the status of Native Americans, and to foster inter-cultural understanding.
Since its inception, AICH has grown into a multi-faceted social support agency and cultural center with a staff of 35 that serves the estimated 27,000 Native Americans in New York City.
AICH membership is currently composed of Native Americans from 72 different tribes. Native American migration between urban centers and reservations demonstrates the inter-relatedness of all Native Americans, and from this reality emerges the recognition that our issues and concerns are truly shared.
The AICH philosophy is that solutions can be shared as well, AICH provides programs in job training and placement; health services referral; HIV referral and case management services; and counseling programs for alcoholism and substance use.
AICH also sponsors programs in cultural enrichment through a performing arts program and the first permanent Native American gallery in New York City.