The Douglas Indian Association (DIA) is a federally recognized Tribe established under the authority of the Indian Reorganization Act (IRA) of June 18, 1934. DIA ratified its original IRA constitution and by-laws on November 24, 1941. The U.S. EPA has funded an Environmental Program through Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP) dollars to the DIA since 1997. The tribe has been investigating what environmental issues are impacting tribal lands and members, and addressing these issues since that time.
DIA is governed by nine elected Tribal Council members who convene once a month. Currently DIA has 7 employees in the office and is building capacity and growing as a team, staff includes a Tribal administrator, Family Caseworker, Environmental/Transportation Director, Environmental Specialist, Transportation Technician, Administrative/Research Assistant and Tribal Accountant. DIA has 6 committees that meet at least 6 times a year. They include an EPA committee, Cultural/Education Committee, Transportation Committee, Finance Committee, Enrollment Committee and Housing Committee.
The DIA successfully manages 4 different federal programs, we work as professionals under the Indian General Assistance Program (IGAP), Brownfields Tribal Response Program (TRP), Tribal Transportation Program (TTP), and the BIA 638 programs, Aid to Tribal Government.