History

The American Indian Relationships Committee of the Boy Scouts of America was formed in in New Mexico 1956 by a group of concerned American Indian Boy Scout leaders. The program was sponsored by the BIA regional office. It’s goal was to advise and assist in reaching a maximum number of American Indian youth and leaders with a quality Scouting program. In 1957, the committee launched an annual seminar that is held in a different part of the country each year.

The first seminar was held at Philmont Scout Reservation near Cimmaron, NM. As the seminar grew, a volunteer steering committee was formed and is now responsible for planning and implementing the annual seminar.

Girl Scout leaders began to participate in 1964, and in 1969, GSUSA assigned a national advisor at the request of Indian participants. The seminars then became a joint venture of Boy Scouts of America and Girl Scouts of the USA in the interest of American Indian youth.

Beginning in 1975, youth were included as full seminar participants, and a part of each seminar program was designed specifically with youth in mind.

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