29th Annual National / International Native American Indian Alcoholics Anonymous
Flag Ceremony Protocol
Tribal members with an active AA meeting on their reservation are encouraged to bring a Tribal Flag for posting and presenting in the Flag Ceremony. It is suggested to have one flag carrier per Tribe and that AA groups on your reservation select a person to carry your Tribal / Indigenous Flag. Traditional dress is encouraged but optional.
Official Flag Ceremony: The NAI-AA CONVENTION Flag Ceremony is scheduled for Friday evening, August 20, 2021 preceding the evening's Speaker Meeting. All flag carriers will pick up their flags and line up at 6:00 p.m. At 6:30 p.m. the Official Flag Ceremony will begin. The name of the tribe will be introduced and the designated flag bearer will walk their tribal flag center stage. After the introduction and presentation is concluded, they will post their flag at the designated spot on the Convention floor. Please be prepared to present and share the history and significance of the flag you are carrying!
FLAG CEREMONY CHANGE: THE FLAG CEREMONY CHAIRPERSON IS ASKING TRIBAL MEMBERS TO DONATE THEIR TRIBAL FLAGS TO THE CONVENTION ALONG WITH A SHORT DESCRIPTION OF THEIR FLAG. THE HOPE IS TO KEEP THE FLAGS ONSITE IN A SECURE LOCATION TO USE SOLEY FOR THE NAI-AA FLAG CEREMONY. AS ATTENDEES FILL IN THEIR TRIBAL AFFILIATION ON THE REGISTRATION FORM THEY MAY BE ASKED TO PARTICIPATE AND READ THE DESCRIPTION AT THE CEREMONY. THIS NEW CHANGE WILL ALLOW FOR RAPID GROWTH OF THIS CEREMONY BECAUSE THE FLAGS WILL ALREADY BE ONSITE. PLEASE HELP US GROW THIS CEREMONY. THE BIG WORLD CONVENTION SUCCESSFULLY USES THIS PROCEDURE.
NOTE: Please plan to bring your own flag pole and stand.
Flag Ceremony Practice run is scheduled for Thursday Night at 9:30 p.m. after the Speaker Meeting.
Pow Wow Flag Carriers: Flag carriers are to participate in Grand Entry at the opening of the Pow Wow Ceremony. Please line up according to the Pow Wow Coordinator.
Closing Ceremony: We would like all flags to remain posted for the duration of the Convention. We will then retire the flags at the closing session, along with our regular closing ceremonies.
Location for all Flags: Upon arrival at the Convention site, flag carriers will be directed to the main convention session area to fasten and post their flag.
Registering For the Flag Ceremony
Option A: Register by Mail - Register your flag by checking the box on the Convention Registration form and filling out the requested information when you pre-register or complete the registration form when you arrive onsite. Ask to speak with Gibby S. upon arrival. He will be coordinating the Flag Ceremony.
Option B: Register Online - Pre-Register yourself and your flag online.
Option C: Register on Site at the Convention Registration Desk.
Thank you for participating in this year's NAI-AA Convention.