The mission of the American Indians in Texas at the Spanish Colonial Missions is to work for the preservation and protection of the culture and traditions of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation and other indigenous people of the Spanish colonial missions in south Texas and northern Mexico through: education, research, community outreach, economic development projects and legislative initiatives at the federal, state and local levels.

Fulfilling Our Mission

AIT-SCM was formed in 1994 to strengthen the Native American community and culture residing in San Antonio and south Texas.

Major Accomplishments

  • 1994, AIT-SCM reunite and reestablishes old family alliances that date back prior to 1821.

  • 1994, AIT-SCM filed a claim against the National Park Service and the Archdioceses of San Antonio for the return of 92 ancestral remains excavated from the Campo Santo (Holy Grounds) at Mission San Juan Capistrano in 1967.

  • May 1995, The Florida Tribe of Eastern Creek Indians Tribal Members traveled to Bruce Florida to receive ancestral remains that were excavated from a cave in the Pecos River in Texas 1200 A.D. and identified as Tercodame band of the Coahuiltecan Nation and displayed in a Florida museum. 

  • November 1995, Tercodame remains reentered at the Comanche National Indian Cemetery for repatriation at Fort Hood Texas .

  • September 1995, AIT-SCM and the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation hold first public ceremony since 1921 the Semana De Recuerdos (Week of remembrance) a ceremony to honor our dead chieftains and warriors at Mission San Juan Capistrano.

  • November 28, 1995 , AIT-SCM recognized by the City of San Antonio , Missions Trails Project committees to implement and oversee the historical preservation act of 1996 and the laws pertaining to NAGPRA 1990.

  • November 1997, AIT-SCM files Letter of Intent for federal recognition on behalf of the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation.

  • December 1997, AIT-SCM and the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation host a ceremony for City Officials, Agencies and other public organizations to announce our intent to preserve and protect our culture and traditions and seek to State and Federal recognition as the aboriginal people of Texas and North Eastern Mexico, traditional lands of our Coahuiltecan families.

  • April 1999, Fort Hood Army Base staff archeologist and Project Director R. Kimbel Smith returns 3 Coahuiltecan remains housed at the Fort Hood Archeology Lab to AIT-SCM and the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation.

  • June 1999, AIT-SCM and the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation repatriate 3 Coahuiltecan remains at the Comanche National Indian Cemetery for Repatriation at Fort Hood Texas .

  • November 1999, The remains of 200 Coahuiltecan men, women and children were returned to and secured by AIT-SCM and repatriated by the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation

  • May 2001, 77th Texas Legislature passes State of Texas Resolutions recognizing the Tap Pilam Coahuiltecan Nation as the aboriginal people of South Texas .

  • July 2001, AIT-SCM was awarded $125,000 grant from the State of Texas to implement a character development program for young males called the “Rites of Passage”.The fledgling nonprofit quickly became a vehicle to provide a vast array of services and programs that address the needs of a diverse population of indigenous people - from Native American communities to Latino/Hispanic populations. AIT-SCM provides services based on traditional Native American teachings and has established a presence in San Antonio, Texas as an innovative leader and effective partner in providing essential cultural, social, economic and educational programs for the community.

  • 2002-2009 In cultural preservation, AIT-SCM has led the local community in developing annual activities such as Semana de Recuerdo, Hombre Noble Awards and Fathers Day Fiesta, Native American Film Screenings and 5-K Missions Heritage Run/Walk & Native American Festival commemorating the native runners who provided communication between the ancient missions. AIT-SCM hopes to continue working with indigenous populations to achieve their goals of preserving and protecting their culture, and providing programs founded on the sacred teaching and cultural traditions of the people they serve.

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