Program Description

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs (MCIA) was created by the legislature in 1974. The Commission is governed by M.G.L. Chapter 6A: Section 8A. The fundamental role of MCIA is to assist Native American individuals, tribes and organizations in their relationship with state and local government agencies and to advise the Commonwealth in matters pertaining to Native Americans. According to the 1990 Federal census, there are more than 12,000 Native Americans living in Massachusetts.

The Commission consists of seven members who are recommended by tribal councils and groups and appointed by the governor. Each member must be of verifiable Native American descent. Each member serves a term of three years and are assigned an area of representation such as a county, Native American organization, or tribe. Although each Commissioner formally represents a different area, any Commissioner can be approached and asked for assistance by any Native American resident from any part of the state.

The Commission can assist tribal councils, Native American organizations, and individuals in the areas of social services, education, employment opportunities, health, housing, civil rights, legal aid, treaties, a census of Native American residents, legislation, and any other rights or services concerning Native American residents of the Commonwealth. The Commission is also responsible for making recommendations to the Commonwealth concerning programs and policies that will best serve the interest of Native American residents of the Commonwealth.



Commissioner's Biographies doc format of S:\111\biographies.doc

Current Goals doc format of goals.doc

We support the Statement of the U.S.Commission on Civil Rights on the -- Use of N.A. Images and Nicknames pdf format of S:\111\wesupport.pdf


Meetings, Events, Survey


Next Meeting Date

               Tuesday, June 11, 2013
               11:00 AM
               100 Cambridge Street
               Conference Room 2-A
               Boston, MA  02114



Minutes from the June 11, 2013 meeting doc format of minutes.doc


Tuition and Scholarship Information

List of Massachusetts Public Colleges and Universities

Native Tribal Scholars Program pdf format of nativetribalscholars.pdf

Native American Tuition Waiver Program Guidelines doc format of tuitionwaiver.doc

Tuition Waiver Application doc format of tuitionapp.doc


Additional Information

NAICOB Computer Classes

North American Indian Center of Boston Grandparents’ Resource Guide

Native American Graves Protection and Repartriation Act doc format of graves.doc

Native American Links doc format of links.doc

Job Opportunities at U Mass Lowell

Executive Director for the National Indian Education Association

For more information, please contact us at:

617-573-1460 (fax)

Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114