Auburn American Indian Association
AAIA welcomes all students, administrators, faculty, and staff who share a passion to celebrate American Indian culture. Come to one of our meetings and see what we are all about!
Meetings: AAIA meets once a month. Our meetings are held on the last Monday of every month at 6:00 pm in the Auburn University Chapel on South College Street.
- To teach people that Native Americans have a strong presence today.
- To unite those on campus of Native American heritage and to welcome those who want to learn about the indigenous peoples of North America.
- To promote cultural appreciation of Native American people and educate people on the history of our Native American ancestors.
- To inform people of the importance of their family histories and to enhance the appreciation of genealogical background.
- To draw attention to and remove stereotypes and misconceptions about American Indians.
- To provide a forum for those of Native American heritage and the Auburn family to discuss contemporary problems and pan-Indian issues.
- To help mend the sacred Hoop.
"It is clear that our link to the future is bound to our cultural links to the past. We must strive to preserve not only our natural heritage, but our cultural historical heritage as well."
Lamar Marshall, Editor of Wild South Magazine, 1948-
The organization's logo is an eagle holding the Indian medicine wheel of life with his feet. The eagle represents the Auburn aspect of the club, and the medicine wheel the bird is holding is very sacred to all Native American people.
"You have noticed that everything an indian does is in a circle, and that is because the Power of the World always works in circles, and everything tries to be round. The Sky is round, and I have heard that the earth is round like a ball, and so are all of the stars. The Wind, in its greatest power, whirls. Birds make their nest in circles, for theirs is the same religion as ours. Even the seasons from a great circle in their changing, and always come back again to where they were. The life of a man is a circle form childhood to childhood, and so it is in everything where power moves."
Black Elk - Holy Man of the Oglala Sioux 1863-1950