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27th 2018 Ft. McDowell (Yavapai Nation), Arizona
26th 2017 SantaFe, New Mexico
25th 2016 SantaFe, New Mexico
24th 2014 Ft. McDowell (Yavapai Nation), Arizona
23rd 2013 Rapid City, South Dakota
22nd 2012 Ft. McDowell (Yavapai Nation), Arizona
21st 2011 Las Vegas, Nevada
20th 2010 Las Vegas, Nevada
19th 2009 Green Bay, Wisconsin
18th 2008 Alburquerque, New Mexico
17th 2007 Billings, Montana
16th 2006 Green Bay, Wisconsin
15th 2005 St. Paul Minnesota
14th 2004 Minneapolis, Minnesota
13th 2003 Burbank, California
12th 2002 Burbank, California
11th 2001 Mesquite, Nevada
10th 2000 Mesquite, Nevada
9th 1999 Reno, Nevada
8th 1998 Reno, Nevada
7th 1997 Reno, Nevada
6th 1996 Seattle, Washington
5th 1995 Rapid City, South Dakota
4th 1994 Rapid City, South Dakota
3rd 1993 Las Vegas, Nevada
2nd 1992 Las Vegas, Nevada
1st 1991 Las Vegas, Nevada
The National International Native American Indian Alcoholics Anonymous Convention started in 1991 as a result of a vision experienced by Earl L. a Paiute Indian man. The purpose of the NAI-AA Convention is to carry the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the Native Indian people by organizing an Annual Convention of Alcoholics Anonymous. With the realization that few natives would realistically make the trip to Las Vegas to hear the beautiful messages of hope and recovery, the 1993 NAI-AA Convention planning committee voted to make the Convention a traveling convention and to take the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to the people. The Convention has been traveling and reaching out to the Tribes of this country with a message of hope that life can be lived without the use of alcohol and that recovery from alcoholism is possible using the 12 Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous.
The traveling NAI-AA Convention has been financially difficult to maintain, but with the help of volunteers, the Convention has survived. The average attendance on the road has been around 300-470 members per Convention. During the September 2001 Convention, two days after the 911 attack, the lowest attendance was recorded at 179 members.
During the 21st 2011 Annual NAI-AA Convention in Las Vegas, Ward Ewing, Chairperson of AA's General Service Board and a Class A non-alcoholic trustee, was present for the first time in this Convention's history. Ward was accompanied by his wife. Ward participated at the Sobriety Pow Wow and was honored during the Pow Wow with a beaded medallion from the Paiute Tribe.
In 2012, the 22nd Annual NAI-AA Convention convened for the first time on Sovereign Native American Land of the Yavapai Nation, Fort Mc Dowell, Arizona.
There have been many changes in Native communities since 1991. Currently there are more AA meetings on Native American and First Nations Reservations then at any other time in AA history. Many areas have their own major AA activities, conventions, conferences, camp-outs, and roundups.
There have been several AA forums on Native Reservations, along with the entire New York General Services Office Staff participation, a first in AA History.
There have also been updates to AA literature designed to reach out to the Native American Indian. The Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous Fourth Edition has changed the Native stories to reflect a more modern, accurate snapshot of Native American culture. More Native groups are registered with the General Services Office in New York. At the 2000 Minneapolis, Minnesota World AA Convention, Natives were included in the World Family of Alcoholics Anonymous. For the first time in AA history, a native American Indian, Harold Y. (dec.), a Lakota from Pine Ridge, South Dakota, led the 2000 Parade of Flags. He carried an Eagle Staff representing all the Native Peoples of the World. In 2005 at the World Convention in Toronto, Canada, a 6-Nations Reserve First Nations Native by the name of Roger L. (dec.) led the Parade of Flags with an Eagle Staff and posted it along with the other Flags of the World. Another first in Alcoholics Anonymous history, Rod B., a Navajo (Dine') from Salt Lake City Utah, currently serves as the Pacific Regional Trustee, which means he is one of the 21 Trustees of the General Service Board of Alcoholics Anonymous. The General Service Board is entrusted to manage the two corporations of Alcoholics Anonymous, AAWS (Alcoholics Anonymous World Services), Inc. and the Grapevine, Inc. There are two Native panels at the AA World Convention, and 6 to 8 selected individuals carrying the messages of Alcoholics Anonymous to the world. There is also a Native hospitality suite at the World Convention. Lastly, the International Native American and First Nations communities have been accepted by the world fellowship of Alcoholics Anonymous.
Gratitude goes out to all AA Members, Non-Native and Native who have extended a helping hand; YOU have made all these changes possible by carrying the message of Alcoholics Anonymous to other suffering alcoholics. Thank You.