Larry Echo Hawk Interview
A testimonial from Larry Echo Hawk, the previous Assistant Secretary of the Interior for Indian Affairs and supporter of AIS.
Our mission is to provide education to Native Americans in need through scholarships and programs while ensuring that their cultural values are preserved.
When Dale Tingey became the director of the Institute of American Indian Studies and Research at BYU in 1971 he created a mission that would be the cornerstone of his life’s work:
To aid Native Americans in the best way possible while maintaining their culture and honoring their heritage.
The programs that Dale implemented have evolved over the years, but providing education was always chiefest among them. Eventually BYU shifted focus away from the program and decided to discontinue it. Rather than allow this to happen, Dale, with the encouragement of a handful of donors, established American Indian Services as a 501(c)(3) public charity, selflessly took on the role of director as a volunteer, and continued his near lifelong service to the Native people.
In 2012, Dale quietly stepped down as director, or rather he took a small step aside as he continues to be highly active in his role as director emeritus, and named Jay Brasher as his successor. Jay has done much to continue leading and growing the organization to success, while still maintaining Dale’s attitudes of kindness, caring, and generosity.