The Native American
Indian General Service Office of Alcoholics Anonymous functions to
provide AA service to Native American
alcoholics and anyone interested in finding their sobriety in an Indian
way. For nearly 30 years NAIGSO has continued to carry Earl
L's vision of AA service to Indian peoples. In his vision Earl saw
native peoples coming together to celebrate their sobriety and their
tribal customs and traditions. NAIGSO has only been able to follow
Earl's vision because of the loyal support of AA members around the
who have faithfully continued to send in their contributions.
Native Americans suffer a rate of alcoholism ten times higher than
mainstream population. This fact makes the need
for an Native American AA Service Office vital to carrying the AA
message to these peoples. Native Americans can often be difficult
to reach due their need to interact with life in very different way
than the Euro-Christian culture of mainstrean society and the resulting
AA service structure and literature. It is of utmost important to
an AA atmosphere where Indians feel free to find sobriety through their
spiritual values in their own way. These principals are supported by
AA's Twelve Traditions, especially Traditon Four - Each group should be
autonomous except in matters affecting other groups or AA as a whole
Five - Each group has but one primary purpose --
to carry its message to the alcoholic who still suffers.....
NAIGSO exists and functions as
a result of Earl's vision and supports all Native peoples wishing to
find their sobriety through the spiritual principals upon which AA's
Twelve Steps and Twelve Traditions are founded, and their own spiritual
traditions and customs. In this spirit NAIGSO created
its own AA literature in the form of the "Daily Readings From the AA
Lodge' manuscript. NAIGSO group conscience believes it is the missing
link for Native Americans seeking sobriety through the spiritual
principals of Alcoholics Anonymous and their own tribal traditions. The
cost to print and distribute this manuscript, free-of-charge, has
become the major expense of NAIGSO's efforts to provide service to all
alcoholics, especially Native Americans.
Within the concepts of AA's Seventh Traditon - NAIGSO ought to be
self-supporting through contributions from AA members. In
today's world many people are on the move and have mobile devices in
hand. So to make it easier for AA members or groups wishing to make
voluntary contributions NAIGSO has added a convenient way to send in
those contributions. Below you will find a Paypal button.
(NAIGSO does not affiliate nor endorse Paypal, nor does it wish to
imply any affiliation or endorsement of Paypal. Using
the link is no different that an AA group having a bank account to
deposit contributions and to pay the group's bills.)
NAIGSO has no paid staff and no real office rental expenses, thus all
income from your voluntary contributions goes directly to maintaining
the website which is our virtual office. One hundred percent of all
contributions goes directly to the expenses of carrying the AA message,
through the website and our manuscript. The cost of printing and
distributing the manuscript, free-of-charge, is our main expense. Each
copy costs about $20 to print and mail, NAIGSO sends out over 100
copies every year.
This link is being provided for AA members and those wishing to make
"In Memorium" contributions to NAIGSO in keeping with AA's Seventh
Tradition of self-support.
This link is not intended to solicit any
donations from the general public!!