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About the MIEA

About the MIEA

Mission Statement

To provide a forum in which American Indian Elders may speak, learn, grow and exercise control over their environment by having representation on State and National Aging organizations, enable access to services, provide prevention training, act as an advocate for member organizations, perpetuate a positive influence on the youth of the member organizations, and promote emotional and spiritual well-being through social interaction.

Purpose

To aid and assist in the improvement of the economic, social, healthful and spiritual well-being of the American Indian Elders of Michigan, which is organized exclusively for charitable, religious, educational and scientific purposes, including, for such purposes, the making of distributions to organizations that qualify as exempt organizations under section 501©(3)of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

To provide a forum in which American Indian Elders may speak, learn, grow and exercise control over their environment, except that no substantial part of the activities of the organization shall be the carrying on of propaganda, or otherwise attempting to influence legislation, and the organization shall not participate in, or intervene in (including the publishing or distribution of statements) any political campaign on behalf of any candidate for public office.

Notwithstanding any other provision of this document, the organization shall not carry on any other activities not permitted to be carried on (a) by an organization exempt from federal income tax under section 501 © (3) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code, or (b) by an organization, contributions to which are deductible under section 170 © (2) of the Internal Revenue Code, or corresponding section of any future federal tax code.

Objectives

  • To have representation on the major state aging organizations.

  • To affiliate with the National Indian Council on Aging.

  • To function as a communication network for the promotion of health, social interaction, emotional and spiritual well-being, and provide prevention training.

  • To act as an advocate for the member organizations.

  • To enable access to needed services for elders of the Michigan Indian Elders Association.

  • To establish a supportive relationship with the youth of the member organizations to influence and promote serious commitment to their education by providing various student incentives and/or scholarships.

Bylaws - click here for bylaws

Officers

President:
Tom Derwin
Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians 
tderwint@hotmail.com                   

Vice President
Carl Wesaw
Pokagon Band of Indians
Carl.Wesaw@pokagonband-nsn.gov

Secretary
Dawn Lenger
Match-E-Be-Nash-She-Wish Band of Pottawatomi Indians
lengerdm@gmail.com 
                           

Treasurer
Michael Duschene
Keweenaw Bay Indian Community  
mduschene@charter.net                                               

Officer at Large
Clinton Pelcher Jr.
Saginaw-Chippewa Indian Tribe
cpelcher2@sagchip.org