33rd Annual National / International Native American Indian Alcoholics Anonymous
Flag Ceremony Protocol
All tribes are encouraged to participate in the flag ceremony. This pageantry will develop into a meaningful part of the convention as tribes learn more about other tribes and share with the convention a small paragraph of information about their tribe. The flag Ceremony can also serve as a symbol of hope for all Native People, that with the help of Alcoholics Anonymous, Native people can start to overcome a dark period in Native history due to Alcoholism.
All attendees who bring a flag need to contact the Flag Ceremony Coordinator, Gilbert, his cell phone number is 480-220-9750. There is a practice session scheduled for Thursday Night August 31,2023 at 9:30 p.m. after the Speaker Meeting. The Flag Ceremony is scheduled for Friday September 1,2023 starting at 6:30pm. Please be ready and touch base with Gilbert as soon as you arrive at the convention, and he will provide you with a brief Flag Description form to fill out and return to him.
Flag carriers (Veterans) are asked to participate in the Grand Entry at the opening Ceremony of the Pow Wow. Please line up according to the Pow Wow Coordinator.
Convention Closing Ceremony: We would like all flags to remain posted on the convention floor for the duration of the Convention. We will then retire the flags at the closing session, along with our regular closing ceremonies.
Donating your flag to the convention will assist the convention to establishing and improve this event of the annual convention. We appreciate your contribution.
NIA AA Convention Committee
FLAG POLES FOR THE 2023 OKLAHOMA
NAI-AA CONVENTION AND FOLLOWING YEARS
We are attempting to upgrade our flag ceremony with the purchase of flag poles. For a good long lasting, durable flag pole, the estimated cost is around $150.00 dollars. Our starting target number to purchase is one dozen (12). We are starting a separate account for this purchase and are making it possible for anyone who wants to help with this project to donate any amount toward this year’s purchase.
Instructions for donations can be made through the currently posted donations option on our website: www.nai-aa.com
*Please indicate “Flag Poles” when you donate*
Donations will be taken starting today and continue, up to the convention, throughout the convention and until our goal is reached. Thank You in advance for helping towards our goal to improving our Flag Ceremony.
Flag Ceremony Chair