Indian / Sikh Community
Organization: Indo-American Assocation of Iowa
Mission: The Indo-American Association of Iowa, which was formed by a small group of Indian-Americans in 1973, now has approximately 200 members. One of the group’s goals is to promote India and its heritage and to host community events to introduce Indian American culture to the public. The group celebrates all of the major Indian holidays.
History: Iowa’s Indian-American population has grown considerably since a handful of Indian-American families were identified in Des Moines in 1973. Today, more than 6,700 Indian-Americans live in Iowa, more than 1,900 of whom live in Polk County.
An integral part of Iowa’s communities, Indian-Americans are employed in a variety of professional fields. In Greater Des Moines alone, there are approximately 100 Indian American physicians. Approximately 50 to 60 Indian-American professors teach at Iowa State University and Drake University. Pioneer Hi-Bred International Inc. employs approximately 30 scientists of Indian origin. Indian-Americans also work for the state and federal governments, while others are business owners.
Indo-American Community Leader: Amar Sinha