Our vision is for a world where indigenous Peoples are recognized and respected; free to live on their own lands, safe from violence, oppression and exploitation.
Government refers Indigenous people as Scheduled Tribes in India. They are commonly known as Adivasis which means original people in Sanskrit language. In fact they are the native people and early settlers of the country.
TNTDS was founded by Ms. A. Kalai Selvi, an Indigenous woman and Mr. C. Arokia Dass, a Dalit activist in the year 1986. The other members were also from the above said communities and they themselves realized the extent of exploitation, oppression and alienation in the name of caste. They came forward to serve their fellowmen.
Tamil Nadu Tribal Development Society, Church Road,Avur. S.O., Tiruvannamalai Dist. S.India