About American Sikhs

Since 1912, when they established the first permanent Sikh institution in the United States, the Sikh-American community has grown to a 500,000-strong population whose presence in the United States remains heavily influenced by foundational American values of religious liberty and economic freedom. From that first institution, based in Stockton, California, the earliest American Sikhs initiated India’s independence movement, supporting the struggle for a democratic India from abroad; after 1947, from India, many thousands of Sikhs turned with gratitude to the freedom of haven offered by the United States, and since 1984, the population of Sikh-Americans grew exponentially as Sikhs fled state-sponsored genocide in India to seek refuge in the USA.