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Our Purpose

Helping Indigenous Nations of North America strengthen their existing capacity to ensure sustainable, healthy, and culturally vibrant communities for the generations to come.

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About the American Indian Institute

The American Indian Institute (Aii) was established in 1951 at the University of Oklahoma as a nonprofit Native American service, training, and research organization. Aii is a department within the University of Oklahoma's Division of Public and Community Services in OU Outreach. We provide outreach services and form collaborative partnerships with American Indian, Alaska Native, and Canadian First Nation tribes and bands.

With more than 60 years of experience working throughout Indian Country, AII offers outreach in the following areas:  

  • Health Promotion and Disease Prevention
  • Indian Education 
  •  Art, Culture, and Language Preservation
  • Tribal Leadership and Organizational Development

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