Established in 1969, NAICOB is the oldest urban American Indian center in Massachusetts. Its mission is to empower Boston’s Native American community and to improve the quality of life of Indigenous peoples. The organization has provided cultural, social, educational, and professional services to New England’s Native American community for more than 50 years. Membership is free and open to all Indigenous people in Massachusetts.
It is a local organization, based in Jamaica Plain. They offer crafting circles, an Indigenous Writers Group, a Community Garden, and participate in many important causes in the community (e.g., Sexual Assault Awareness Walk, Mother’s Day Walk for Peace).
Their Indigenous Liberation Speaker Series offers free, monthly online conversations about vitally important topics.
They organize an annual “Standout to Honor Residential School Attendees” and a “Celebration & Rally for Boston Indigenous People’s Day”. Community activities in May include the Franklin Park Kite & Bike Festival (5/14) and their Annual Community Barbecue (5/21) in JP. They support Indigenous students every year by providing pre-K to college students with a backpack filled with supplies.
They are an essential resource supporting the Indigenous community in education, health, social justice and community-building in Boston and beyond.