About the Center
Board of Directors
- Alice Flanagan, Crow, Chairman
- David Barnett, Muscogee (Creek), Vice Chairman
- Kelli Albin, Commanche, Treasurer
- Teddy Tatum, Red Lake Band of Chippewa, Secretary
- George Biswell, Cherokee
- Deborah Veatch, Citizen's Band Wea
- Mary Jane Acosta, Kickapoo
- Celia Ruiz, Purepecha
- Traci McClellan-Sorell, Cherokee
- Gaylene Crouser, Hunkpapa/Oglala, Executive Director
- Gayl Edmunds, Sicangu Lakota, Morningstar Counselor
- Anna Maria Windham, Stoney Tribe, Fort Peck, CSBG/Food Pantry Coordinator
- Delfina Segura, Prairie Band Potawatomie/Sac & Fox, Data Coordinator
- Moses Brings Plenty, Lakota, Community Outreach Liasion
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.