Membership with the National Indian Council on Aging (NICOA) offers many valuable benefits. As a paid member, you will receive NICOA’s online bimonthly newsletter, legislative updates on important issues and resolutions affecting elders, voting privileges for qualified members and discounted registration fees for qualified members to attend our biennial conferences. Be an important part of a national membership network and become a NICOA member by applying online or by mail.
A voting member can be any American Indian or Alaska Native elder age 55 or older from a federally recognized tribe. NICOA members must be enrolled members of an American Indian tribe with a Certificate Degree of Indian Blood (CDIB) card, recognized by the U.S. Department of the Interior. If you want to vote in your regional caucus session, you must be a registered voting member of NICOA.
You can show proof of your CDIB, by emailing a copy of the card to NICOA; faxing a copy to (505) 292-1922, Attn: Cheryl Archibald; or mailing a copy to National Indian Conference on Aging, Attn: Membership Dues, 8500 Menaul Blvd. NE, Ste. B470, Albuquerque, NM 87112. If we don’t receive a copy of your CDIB, you will be notified and have to pay additional fees before attending our biennial conference. If you have any questions, call Cheryl Archibald at (505) 292-2001 or send an email.
NICOA also has non-voting memberships for individuals who do not meet these requirements. Non-voting associate members include American Indians or Alaska Natives under the age of 55 and non-Indians of all ages. All elders are encouraged to join and have their voices heard.
Voting members actively participate in regional caucus sessions representing each of the 12 NICOA regions, participate in the election of board members, submit aging specific resolutions, revise bylaws and develop a collective aging policy agenda for NICOA to advocate in Washington, D.C. Members submit resolutions which are presented and voted on by all members attending our biennial conference. Our biennial conference is the place where elders can educate and recommend solutions to policymakers to help improve aging services across Indian Country. Resolutions that are approved are passed on to the National Congress of American Indians for presentation to the appropriate federal government agencies.