Vision: AAIA focuses on areas that are vitally important to Indigenous life, but not adequately addressed by government or other organizations. In addition to providing assistance in the area of national policy, AAIA also works on a grassroots level and are the oldest policy/advocacy Native non-profit in the country.
Impact: AAIA played an integral part in drafting the Indian Child Welfare Act, the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act, and the Tribal Governmental Tax Status Act. AAIA has established orgs. like the Medicine Wheel Coalition for the Protection of Sacred Sites, and negotiated landmark agreements to protect sacred lands. AAIA also awards scholarships to Native American college and graduate students nationally.