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Tai Village History

Six Tai organizations and 40 individual families joined together and founded the Tai Village, Inc. They pooled their resources and acquired a 120 acre piece of land, north of ML King Jr. Pkwy, in October 2003. A Board of Directors was established with a mission to:  create a working replica of a traditional Tai Dam village to honor the thousands of Iowans who opened their hearts to refugees and to recognize the legacy of the Tai Dam people: their beautiful culture, history, sacrifices, and dreams for the future. The Tai Village, Inc. organization has successfully met the first goals they have set in developing this project.  Land was cleared with the help of  Lower Beaver Neighborhood Association members, friends, the city and Polk County, fences put up bordering the property; the first festival was held in July 2007, ground was broken and the first structures built (3 small gazebos), the lake cleaned out 40 fruit trees were planted and the welcoming center are being finish.

Vision Statement of Tai Village, Inc.

Create a traditional Tai village, promote the culture of the Tai people and advocate for refugees.

 

Mission Statement of Tai Village, Inc.

Maintain the Tai Village property as a natural park, featuring indigenous history and educating the public about refugees.

Board of Directors

 

Honorary President

Governor Robert D. Ray

 

President

Thomas Baccam

Vice President

Inngeun Soulinthavong


Treasurer

Phimmachan Baccam 


Secretary

Siang Bacthi


Brian (Khong) Baccam

Khamthong Khamma

Roger Rasavanh
Jimmi Vanluong

Inkham Dara
Bock Babcock

Steve K. Baccam

 

Board of Directors Application.

Former Board of Directors: Leunh Baccam, Bao Cam Lo, Dick Murphy, Roger (Houng) Rasavanh, Phimmachan Baccam, Sophie Vlassis, Ding Cavan, Mark Lovan, Jacquie Esley, Souk Vivanh, Chris Lo, Huey Baccam, Jimmi Van Luong, Pete Cavanh, Ted (Khamlong) Baccam, Siang Bacthi, Jim Benzoni, Nalinh (Lay) Sithep, Dinh VanLo, Bo Luong, Boulay Lovan Barker, Somphong Baccam, Monick Kham Reese, Mikel Johnson, Theresa Backham, Ian Wilkenson, Lori Baccam, Jeffrey Paul Rasmussen, Seng Houng Lovan, Doua Lor, Mark Hoang, Toni Khounlo Minard,  Anita Gonzalez, Mana Thongvanh, David(Tay) Luu, Cindy(Ting) Luu, Monick Kham Reese, Southine Baccam, Nay Baccam and Phoukham M. Baccam.

Founders:
Leunh & Sack Baccam; Roger(Houng) Rasavanh; Nakharath Khounlo; Phimmachanh Baccam; Mary Hoang; Marc Lovan; Sivilay Phongvixay; Som Baccam; Quinn Baccam; Phahoanh Baccam; Sang Baccam; Brian & Leng Baccam; John & Jake Backham; Bao Cam Lo; Man Van Lo; Louane Baccam; Thomas Baccam; Dinh & Sommay Vanlo; Phet Houangsavanh; Vien Baccam; Tom Lovan; Noi Hoangvan; Souane Cavan; Khamthong Khamma; Khamlong Baccam; Dr. Tom(Nokham) Baccam; Thouan Vivanh; Ding Cavan; Loon Khambanoun; Pe Luong; My Khamphanthong; Quych Baccam; Sutjanpong Paisoon; Khamyath Mekdara; Sisavath Virasith; Patraporn Paisoon; Steve & Manida Baccam; Naphorn Sornterm; Bao Baccam; Siang Bacthi.
 
Organizations: The Kadsan Thaidam Society, Society of Thaidam American Friendship(SOTAF), Tai Vietnamese Association, Tai Studies Center, Asian American Fellowship Church(DBA: NuLife Church) and Tai United Foundation.

Thank you for your continued support and contributions.  Tai Village Inc is a 501 (C) (3) organization.  Your contribution is tax deductible.