National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) is seeking support from Tribal Leaders and Indian Country

Dear Tribal Leader,

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:

·     NICOA is the sponsor of the only National American Indian and Alaskan Native Conference on Aging in the nation. This conference serves as the forum for our Elders to speak and VOICE their concerns to Tribal, State and National leaders. Federal Agency Administrators are also invited to listen and to learn about how to improve access to aging services for AI/AN Elders.
·     The next NICOA conference will he held September 11-14, 2018 in Temecula, CA, celebrating our 22nd Biennial Conference. We expect up to 1,500 Elders to attend. Your Elders will soon be notified of this special upcoming event.
·     NICOA is a member of the National Consortium on Aging Resources for Elders' Equity, a grant funded project through the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). As part of the project plan, NICOA is creating an online Elder resource directory of aging services called Tribal Footprints which will include all 567 federally recognized Tribes across the country.

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.

Sincerely,

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: rbluehouse@nicoa.org