The Office of Native American Affairs serves as the central permanent agency to advocate for Native Americans. The office works with state departments and agencies to serve the needs of Native Americans in participating fully in the economic, social and cultural life of the state. (Iowa Code 216A.166)
Office of Native American Affairs
Iowa Department of Human Rights
Lucas State Office Building
321 E. 12th St.
Des Moines, IA 50319
Commission of Native American Affairs
In addition to the Office, Iowa has a Commission of Native American Affairs (Iowa Code 216A.162). The Commission includes 11 voting members appointed by the governor. Of those 11, seven are public members with at least one being a Native American who is an enrolled tribal member living on a tribal settlement or reservation in Iowa and whose tribal government is located in Iowa. Four members are selected by and represent tribal governments.
The Commission’s purpose is to work in concert with Native American groups and Native Americans in this state to advance the interests of Native Americans in the areas of human rights, access to justice, economic equality, and the elimination of discrimination.
The Commission of Native American Affairs meets four times per year and all meetings are open to the public. Meeting agendas and minutes are available below: