Mission and Purpose


Triangle Native American Society (TNAS) was incorporated in 1984 to promote and protect the identity of Native Americans living in Wake, Johnston, Durham, Orange and Chatham counties by providing educational, social, and cultural programs.  TNAS was granted official state recognition in 2000 to serve as the official governing body for the Native American population in the Triangle area.

TNAS seeks to foster a local Native community while bridging the various cultural and traditional practices members bring from their respective home tribal communities.  TNAS seeks to:

  • Obtain and administer funds to address the needs of its American Indian community;
  • Provide residents residing in the Triangle community information and referral services;
  • Educate and cultivate cultural awareness through programming and other forms of media;
  • Promote political unity and strength thru advocacy for the American Indian population; and
  • Strengthen educational achievement by providing a culturally relevant learning experience.