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William Francis Galvin
Secretary of the Commonwealth
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Housing/Community Development: Commissions

J8 Commission on Indian Affairs

J9 American and French Canadian Cultural Exchange Commission

J10 Manufactured Home Commission


J8 Massachusetts Commission on Indian Affairs (MCIA)
Department of Housing and Community Development
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-573-1291
Fax: 617-573-1460
www.mass.gov/service-details/indian-affairs

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts' Commission on Indian Affairs (MCIA) fundamental role is to assist Native American individuals, tribes and organizations in their relationship with state and local government agencies and to advise the Commonwealth in matters pertaining to Native Americans. According to the 2010 Federal census, there are more than 37,000 Native Americans living in Massachusetts. The Commission consists of seven members who are recommended by tribal councils and Native American organizations and appointed by the governor. Each member must be of verifiable Native American descent. Each member serves a term of three years and are assigned an area of representation such as a county, Native American organization, or tribe. The Commission can assist tribal councils, Native American organizations, and individuals in the areas of social services, education, employment opportunities, health, housing, civil rights, legal aid, treaties, a census of Native American residents, legislation, and any other rights or services concerning Native American residents of the Commonwealth. The Commission is also responsible for making recommendations to the Commonwealth concerning programs and policies that will best serve the interest of Native American residents of the Commonwealth. In accordance with the Massachusetts Unmarked Burial Law, the Commission investigates the discovery of unmarked native graves, and in consultation with the Massachusetts Historical Commission, determines the disposition of the remains.


J9 American and French Canadian Cultural Exchange Commission
Office of Policy Development
Department of Housing and Community Development
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-573-1100
www.mass.gov/orgs/housing-and-community-development

The commission establishes, maintains, and develops cultural ties between French-Canadians and Franco-Americans.


J10 Manufactured Home Commission
Department of Housing and Community Development
100 Cambridge Street, Suite 300
Boston, MA 02114
Tel: 617-573-1100
- www.mass.gov/service-details/manufactured-homes-commission

The Manufactured (Mobile Homes) Home Commission, created by the legislature, is responsible for studying and reporting on issues and problems relating to manufactured homes, manufactured home communities (mobile home parks), and/or their tenants. The five member commission meets monthly and files reports with the legislature including recommendations for proposed legislation.


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