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The AIC is a university-wide public service Center designed to advance the University’s mission of research, education, and service with three primary goals.

Leadership in American Indian Scholarship and Research.  By creating an environment in which quality research and scholarship related to American Indians is strengthened and nurtured, the University can become the premier university in the east for American Indian research and knowledge dissemination.

Engagement with and Service to Native Populations.  By serving as the University’s front door to American Indian communities, the AIC will enable Carolina, as the University of the People, to truly serve the First People of North Carolina as well as the First people of the south and the east.

Enrichment of Campus Diversity and Dialogue.  By facilitating the inclusion of the American Indian peoples, with their unique and rich cultures, traditions, beliefs, and histories, the learning environment of the entire Carolina community will be enriched.