Members of the Executive Committee, BOT, distinguished members of AAPI, and all guests, each time we gather to inaugurate a president, we bear witness to the enduring strength of our bylaws and constitution.
We affirm the promise of democracy in our organization. We recall that what binds our organization together is not the different regions or the tenets of our faith or the origins of our names. What makes us exceptional , what makes us of American Indian origin is our allegiance to an idea articulated more than four decades ago. We hold these truths to be self-evident.