American Indian Warriors Association meets the 2nd Tuesday of the month at 7:00 PM.
Our meeting location is: Linda Vista Library
2160 Uric St. San Diego, CA 92111
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Meeting Minutes - March 13, 2018 at 7:00PM.
Call to order
A meeting of AIWA members was held at Linda Vista Library. Attendees included Joaquin Sandoval, Juan, Ivan, Ben, Josephine Atkinson, and Aaron Long.

Approval of minutes

Discussion of networking opportunities based on AIWA's mission and in an effort to cultivate cultural awareness, mentor community youth, and advocate the enrichment and fulfillment of healthy lifestyles.

Ivan shares that the Southern Indian Health Council, Inc. is hosting an American Indian Veterans Gathering at Sycuan Old Tribal Hall on March 22, 2018 from 11:00AM thru 1:30PM. Lunch, stories, and local events with other American Indian Veterans throughout Southern California provide a significant opportunity for networking with other Veterans and Veteran Advocates.

Unfinished Business
Please get more AIWA cards for members.

Ivan- Advocate for sweat programs for Veterans-in high demand locally. Contacts provided by Ivan: Mike (719) 285-5240 and Kevin (405) 313-8049. Possible contacts through VHA: Daniel Steeber, (EEO Manager), and Barbara Pepi, Minority Veterans Program Coordinator,, (858) 642-1294.

New Business
Juan, Joaquin- Inquire about a Veterans Pow wow at Chicano Park. Places for possible networking opportunities include: Border Patrol, Balboa, Commander Naval Region Southwest, VA, and Reboot (

Joaquin- Veteran's memorial/Code Talker memorial. Multiple locations.

Ivan- Possible monument or memorial on old Code Talker training facility grounds at East Miramar. There is presently nothing there, but all agreed that a proposal should be made to Honor it.

Joaquin- Knows of access to a plot of land that may be put to use in order to grow food to feed the needy and diabetic patients.
Ivan- Presented the food garden idea as a unique way to get the Elders involved. Initiated a possible facilitator for the project, approaching the idea from a more traditional aspect.

Aaron Long- Welcome, Aaron. Ivan and Aaron shared with us the many skills and opportunities that Aaron brings to AIWA. Aaron anticipates on possibly leaving in June. Aaron has much experience in the community, educating the public on American Indian issues and advocating for Veterans affairs. Aaron is eager to assist AIWA as much as possible.

Juan- Homeless Housing (Rental Housing Counselor): Tiny homes idea would be perfect to help with the critical issue plaguing our local Veterans; >$500.00 to build, easy to set up, mobile single units, 12'x12' structures, 8'x12' internal space, 4' porches. Small structures are versatile as homes/or even clinics and can stand alone or be set up in groups of 10.

Joaquin, Juan, Ivan, Ben - San Diego State University Pow wow is on April 7, 2018

Members agreed to network amongst each other and outreach to other organizations and other potential members, focusing on mentorship and Veteran advocacy.

- 9:14pm.
Secretary Date of approval 3/14/2018

Robert rules of order procedure with modifications:

A. Call to order
B. Officers reports; President ,Vice President, Treasurer, Sect., Committees
C. Old business
D. New business
E. Round Robin discussion and visitors
F. Adjourn

"The nation that makes a great distinction between its warriors and its scholars will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools" -Thucydides