American Indian Scouting Association (AISA) was first founded in 1956, holding their first seminar in 1957. Youth began attending seminars in 1975. Seminars are run by a volunteer based committee and hosted by a local tribe or Indian community. AISA seminars are for both American Indian and Non-Indian groups to promote education and understanding of Indian culture and scouting.
Seminars include tribal traditions through native dress, dancing, music, sports and a tour of the host tribe’s community. Workshops are also available for adult leaders to help promote training and exchanging of ideas to help the youth.
The goal of AISA is to help American Indian youth to develop their talents and capabilities; so youth will be able to maintain their cultural identities while building a bridge into mainstream society and being successful in both.