Americans for Indian Opportunity (AIO) catalyzes and facilitates culturally appropriate initiatives and opportunities that enrich the cultural, political and economic lives of indigenous peoples. Founded by LaDonna Harris (Comanche) in 1970, AIO draws upon traditional indigenous values to foster enlightened and responsible leadership, inspire stakeholder-driven solutions, and convene visionary leaders to probe contemporary issues and address challenges of the new century.
AIO has collaborated with tribal governments, organizations and community groups to address and affect a variety of areas in Tribal America, including energy policy, economic development, housing, the environment, education, tribal governance, arts and culture. AIO also seeks to create new avenues for international indigenous interaction and to explore ways indigenous peoples can influence globalization. Its American Indian Ambassadors Program, a Native American community capacity-building, leadership development effort, has been operating since 1993.
The program is designed to help early to mid-career Native American professionals strengthen, within an indigenous cultural context, their ability to improve the well-being and growth of their communities.
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