Commission on Indian Affairs

Information about this center is no longer updated. This data was last updated on 26 June 2018.

Phone: 617-573-1291
History The Commission on Indian Affairs was established in 1974 by the Massachusetts State Legislature to represent the major tribes of the Native American population located within the Commonwealth. Description Housed in a state building, the Commission is a resource center for cultural and Native rights issues and serves as a liaison between the community and the state government. Officially, the Commission is charged with investigating problems common to American Indians and assisting tribal councils, Indian organizations, and individuals in their interactions with state and local government agencies. They also advocate for Native interests in social services, education, employment, health, housing, civil rights, legal aid and treaties. Furthermore, the Commission is responsible for conducting a census of Indian residents in the Commonwealth. The Commission consists of seven members (representing major local tribes) appointed by the governor for three-year terms. It is staffed by one full-time employee and one part-time employee.