Letter from AIC Board Chair Les Begay

Dear friends and relatives,

It has always been an integral part of the American Indian Center, Inc.'s mission to "foster the economic advancement of Indian people and perpetuate Indian cultural values" [AIC Mission Statement]

The American Indian Center in Chicago recognizes and stands in support of the Sovereign Tribal Nation of the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe of North Dakota.  The recent encroachment, trespass, and destruction of Treaty protected sacred land is not only an affront to all Native American Indian people but a violation of the Nation to Nation relationship established by the U.S. Government.

The rights and protections established by treaties are only reflective of the human rights that all people have, rights such as clean water, managing their resources and to be respected as a People and Culture. 

We thank you Standing Rock for the honor of standing with you in this time of need and ceremony. We send our prayers and hopes in support.

Please submit any questions or comments to info@aicchicago.org.

Sincerely,

Les G. Begay

American Indian Center - Chairman