"Alcoholics Anonymous is a fellowship of men and women who share their experience, strength, and hope with each other that they may solve their common problem and help others to recover from alcoholism. The only requirement for membership is a desire to stop drinking. There are no dues or fees for A.A. membership; we are self-supporting through our own contributions. A.A. is not allied with any sect, denomination, politics, organization or institution; does not wish to engage in any controversy; neither endorses nor opposes any causes. Our primary purpose is to stay sober and help other alcoholics to achieve sobriety." (Reprinted with permission of the AA Grapevine)


To provide a vision of service by the Native American Indian General Service Office (NAIGSO-AA) to the more than 500 sovereign Indian Nations in North America recognized by state governments and the Federal Government. The structure of the fellowship is in a form as to become attractive to the alcoholic Native American Indian. NAIGSO-AA recognizes the need for each Nation, tribe, and band to honor their spiritual customs and traditions and to base recovery on those living principles. The form of these spiritual customs and traditions cannot be separated from the social aspects of daily living and thus it cannot be separated from the structure and form of AA. This applies to individuals in recovery, to the AA group, and to NAIGSO-AA as a whole.

It is our vision to make all of the social aspects of our natural gatherings available for AA meetings and fellowship. This includes but is not limited to pot luck dinner meetings, pow wows, camp meetings, encampments, conventions, and conferences. Each group is free in the tradition of AA to incorporate their own traditional ways into the format of their meetings. At these gatherings, representatives assigned, elected, or appointed by their AA group will meet and exchange information which may then be communicated to the NAIGSO-AA.

The diagram is a design of the structure of the AA fellowship for the Native American Indian. The outer circle represents the universe of the Indian Nations of North America. NAIGSO-AA is available to and has sent communications introducing itself to almost all Indian Nations at this time. This configuration is a dynamic representation of all the entities that are moving and interacting with each other through the meetings, pow wows, conventions, conferences, gatherings, etc. Although the NAIGSO-AA is shown at the center of the circle, it is always in touch and available to all individuals and groups. It is expected that NAIGSO-AA representatives will be available at these events.

It is our intention to provide a service organization that is able to evolve and grow to meet the needs of those it serves. This is only a beginning and we expect the Creator to continue to direct us all in the development and success of NAIGSO-AA as time goes by.

Revised 10-27-04