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The Association of Indians in America (AlA) is the oldest national association of Asian Indians in America. It was founded on August 20, 1967 after the United States Congress passed the Immigration Act during 1965-66, repealing the Asian Exclusion Act of 1917. The Constitution of the AlA was adopted in 1970 and was incorporated in 1971. AlA obtained the IRS exempt status in 1973.

AIA continue to recognize people with exceptional qualities. We have organized national honor awards for people who have excelled in their respective fields in medicine, business, science, technology, education, and others. To name a few, we have honored people including Zubin Mehta, Coretta Scott King, Amartya Sen, Dr. Norman E. Borlaug and Dr. Naresh Trehan. We are proud that five of our honorees have received the Nobel Prize.

AlA is the grassroot national organization of Asian Immigrants in the United States, fostered on the democratic principles of "one member one vote", with chapters and membership spread across the United States of America. AlA represents the hopes and aspirations of those immigrants who are united by their common bond of Indian Heritage and American Commitment.