Inter-American Indian Institute (IAII)

Institut indianiste interaméricain
Instituto Indigenista Interamericano (III)

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1940-04-14 Patzcuaro Mexico


Established by resolution of the 1st Inter-American Conference on Indian Life, at which experts representing the governments of all American Republics except Haiti and Paraguay were present. The resolution provided a plan which was subsequently incorporated into a Convention for the Inter-American Indian Institute, which has now been ratified by 17 States. The Institute became operative 25 Mar 1942; as of 1953 it was one of 6 specialized organizations of D-XD3030 - OAS.

Statutes registered in 'UNTS 1/904'.

Ceased to exist following decision of Board, 30 Jul 2009, with archives maintained by Mexican University program.


Act as Standing Committee for the Inter-American Indian Conferences and be the custodian of reports, papers and archives thereof; cooperate in the execution and contribute towards the fulfilment of the resolutions adopted by these; apply, collect, arrange and distribute reports about (a) scientific investigations in regard to Indian problems, (b) legislation, jurisprudence and administration of Indian communities, (c) activities of any institutions interested in such groups, (d) material of all kinds utilizable by the government as a basis for development of policies looking to economic and social improvement of living standards among Indian communities, (e) recommendations made by the Indians themselves in regard to any matters of concern to their people; initiate, direct and coordinate any scientific investigations and inquiries immediately applicable to the solution of Indian problems or such investigations and inquiries as may contribute to better knowledge of Indian life; periodically publish magazines or such other material; manage the funds provided by the American nations and accept any other contributions; cooperate in an advisory capacity with the Bureaux of Indian Affairs of the American Nations; promote, foster and coordinate the training of men and women experts devoted to the problems of the Indian.


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Inter-American Indian Congresses -- Congresos Indigenistas Interamericanos held every 4 years in a member country. Directing Council, consisting of Representatives of member countries. Executive Committee of 5 members. Director. Head of Programs and Research.


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