About the Center
Board of Directors
- Alice Flanagan, Crow, Chairman
- David Barnett, Muscogee (Creek), Vice Chairman
- Teddy Tatum, Red Lake Band of Chippewa, Secretary
- George Biswell, Cherokee, Treasurer
- Nick Peroff, Ph.D
- Mary Jane Acosta, Kickapoo
- Robert Prue, Ph.D, Sicangu Lakota
- Lisa Ludvicek
- Gaylene Crouser, Hunkpapa/Oglala, Executive Director
- Patrick Pruitt, LMSW, Chickasaw, Morningstar Program Director
- Anna Maria Windham, Stoney Tribe, Fort Peck, CSBG Program Director
- Lupe Krehbiel, Data Coordinator
The head of the spiritual being is synonymous with the eye of the eagle, and both watch over the smaller physical Indian, who is protected by two shades of spirit wings… representing traditional ways and modern life.
Incorporated in 1971, the Heart of America Indian Center, Inc., d/b/a Kansas City Indian Center operates as the Kansas City area’s only multi-purpose social service agency for American Indians.
Following World War II, with government relocation and training programs — and a formal policy in the early 1950s of reservation termination — American Indians were relocating to urban areas. To help sustain the cultural and spiritual beliefs of their tribes, local elders began a social club. The center was founded as a formal, tax-exempt, 501(c)(3) organization in 1971 to accept federal, state, and private funds for social programs.