The Association of Indians in America (AIA) is the oldest national association of Asian Indians in America. It was founded on August 20, 1967 after the United States Congress passed the 1965-66 Immigration Act, repealing theAsian Exclusion Act of 1917. The constitution of the AIA was adopted in 1970and was incorporated in 1971. The AIA obtained the IRS tax exempt status in1973.
AIA is the grassroots national organization of Asian immigrants in United States, fostered on the democratic principle of “one member one vote”. With chapters and membership spread across the United States of America, AIA represents the hopes and aspirations of those immigrants who are united by their common bond of Indian Heritage and American Commitment.
INDIAN HERITAGE, AMERICAN COMMITMENT
1. To promote the welfare of Asian Indians in the US and to address issues of integration with mainstream America.
2. To promote the image of India in the US by showing its rich culture and traditions through various events.
3. To encourage and facilitate the participation of AIA members and others in the development and progress of India through charitable, cultural and educational activities and to facilitate communication and co-operation among the people of Indian Heritage worldwide.
Historical Milestones of AIA:
1967 – Founded
The Association of Indians in America (AlA) is the oldest national association of Asian Indians in America. It was founded on August 20, 1967 after the United States Congress passed the Immigration Act during 1965-66, repealing the Asian Exclusion Act of 1917.
1970 – AIA Constitution Adopted
AIA adopts the democratic principles of “one member one vote”, with chapters and membership spread across the United States of America.
1973 – Acquiring tax-exempt status
AlA obtains IRS exempt status.
1993 – Earthquake Relief Operations
AIA helps raise funds to help the victims of the earthquake in Maharashtra, Western India, in 1993.
1993 – Sushruta and Charaka Awards
Instituted in 1993 to recognize and honor people of Indian origin in the field of Medicine and Health Care.
2005 – New York City Recognizes Deepavali as an official holiday
In recognition of Diwali alternate street parking in the city of New York is suspended.
2006 – White House celebrates Deepavali
AIA facilitates the first celebration of Deepavali at the White House.
2013 – Official USPS Deepavali Stamp Unveiled
Resolution introduced in the House of Representatives advising USPS to issue a stamp commemorating Deepavali.