About Us

Under the Internal Revenue Service’s (IRS) Internal Revenue Code (IRC) NANAINA is a federal income tax exempt organization under IRC 501 (c) (3) and has been designated by the IRS as a public charity.

Donors can deduct contributions they make under IRC Section 170.

The National Alaska Native American Indian Nurses Association (NANAINA)

Welcome to our website.  NANAINA is a committed group of persons from every corner of the country, dedicated to the health and well-being of the American Indian and Alaska Native people.  Some of us are ourselves American Indian, Alaska Native, some not.  We are nurses, non-nurses, serving or not in communities and programs for American Indians and Alaska Natives.  Regardless, we hope you will join us in our cause, our endeavors to raise the health of our people and to advance our profession.


NANAINA VISION: NANAINA exemplifies excellence in nursing through outreach, self-determination, and research by using traditions and innovation to achieve health equity.


NANAINA MISSION: NANAINA unites American Indian/ Alaska Native (AI/AN) nurses and those who care for AN/AI people to improve the health and well-being of AI/AN people.


NANAINA VALUES: Integrity, respect and spirituality will guide NANAINA throughout the generations.


The purposes of NANAINA shall be to—

  • Promote optimal health among AN/AI people.
  • Serve the professional needs of AN/AI consumers.
  • Provide a forum for AN/AI nurses to analyze and evaluate the health care needs of AN/AI people.
  •  Cooperate lawfully with other professional associations, health care organizations and governmental entities in matters affecting the purposes of NANAINA.
  • Identify health service delivery barriers to AN/AI consumers.
  •  Promote and support culturally sensitive models of nursing interventions for AN/AI consumers.
  • Identify AN/AI nurses throughout the nation in order to monitor the size and growth of this group of health care professionals.
  •  Identify barriers to quality education for AN/AI nurses, nursing students, and recommend appropriate solutions to local, state, and federal agencies.
  • Disseminate information about AN/AI nurses at national and local levels by the use of all media.
  •  Assist programs with the recruitment and retention of AN/AI students in nursing education programs, thereby increasing the number of bilingual and bi-cultural nurses who provide culturally sensitive competent nursing care to AN/AI consumers.
  • To advocate that AN/AI nurses have equal access to education, professional, and economical opportunities afforded to all nurses.
  • Provide opportunities for all AN/AI nurses to share information about their professional concerns and experiences.
  • Formulate position statements on AN/AI issues of professional practice and to advocate for professional advancement of AN/AI nurses.
  • Promote leadership and professional advancement to AN/AI nurses.



NANAINA is founded upon its predecessor organization, American Indian Nurses Association  (AINA), later called American Indian Alaska Native Nurses Association (AIANNA), which disbanded in 1984 with approximately two thousand members.  Since that time, small chapters and groups of American Indian Nurses have continued to promote and support Alaska Native American Indian (AN/AI) students, nurses, and allied health professionals.  This has been accomplished through the development of leadership skills, continuing education, and advocacy for improved health care through culturally competent health care to AN/AI consumers.


The current organization, NANAINA, was born at a 1993 North Dakota gathering of nurse leaders from around the country.  Their desire was to “rekindle the spirit” and “reconnect the circle” thereby re-establishing an organization that would represent AN/AI nurses as well as work to improve the health care services to AN/AI peoples.