When Dale Tingey became the director of the Institute of American Indian Studies and Research at BYU in 1971 he created a mission that would be the cornerstone of his life’s work: To aid Native Americans in the best way possible while maintaining their culture and honoring their heritage. The programs that Dale implemented have evolved over the years, but providing education was always the priority among them. Eventually, BYU shifted focus away from the program and decided to discontinue it. Dale, with the encouragement of a handful of donors, established American Indian Services as a 501(c)(3) public charity. He selflessly took on the role of director as a volunteer and continued his near lifelong service to the Native people. In 2012, Dale quietly stepped down as director, or rather he took a small step aside as he continues to be highly active in his role as director emeritus.
Today, the American Indian Services board and staff continue leading and growing the organization to success, while still maintaining Dale’s attitudes of kindness, caring, and generosity.