Published on November 30, 2012 by Amy
The North American Indian Center of Boston, Inc. (NAICOB) is a non-profit organization located in Jamaica Plain, Massachusetts, which provides assistance to American Indians, Native Canadians, and other indigenous peoples of North America.
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According to its website, the organization’s mission is as follows:
“to promote greater self-determination, socio-economic self-sufficiency, spiritual enhancement, intercultural under-standing and other forms of empowerment for the North American Indian Community and to assist North American Indians in obtaining an improved quality of life by providing health, job training, education, housing, and other related programs and social services.”
The NAICOB was organized as the Boston Indian Council in 1969. The center’s founders included writer Mildred Noble, Canadian activist Anna Mae Aquash and the artist/musician Philip Young, both of whom were of the Micmac nation.
The organization was founded as a non-profit corporation in 1991, following a bankruptcy reorganization, and provides services to the over 5,000 Native Americans in the greater Boston area. The Center networks with tribal councils in other parts of Massachusetts as well as other East Coast states.