NCAI Executive Board 

 

Brian Cladoosby
President, NCAI
Chairman, Swinomish Indian Tribal Community

NCAI President,
Brian Cladoosby

Brian Cladoosby is serving as the 21st President of NCAI. He is continuing to lead the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community as Chairman.

President Cladoosby is also currently the President of the Association of Washington Tribes and has served on the Swinomish Indian Senate, the governing body of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, since 1985. He has served as the Chairman of the Swinomish Indian Senate since 1997.

President Cladoosby is one of the most senior tribal political leaders in Washington State and the Pacific Northwest. He is the President of the Association of Washington Tribes, Executive Board member of the Washington Gaming Association, past President of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians, and is continually active in tribal and state politics. On an international basis he is the Co-Speaker of the Coast Salish Gathering, which comprises British Columbia First Nations and Western Washington Tribes.

In 2011 at the Reservation Economic Summit & American Indian Business Trade Fair, Chairman Cladoosby was awarded the American Indian Tribal Leader Award for his exceptional achievements. Each year this award honors an outstanding leader who supports American Indian business and economic development endeavors in tribal communities.

Chairman Cladoosby has been instrumental in the domestic and international emergence of the northwest Indian country salmon and seafood industry. Swinomish Fish Company buys and sells seafood products from tribal, national and international companies, continuing the “buy and sell native” motto of Indian Country. He shares a vision with the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community members to have a strong economic development plan that supports a way of life for today and future generations.

Swinomish is located in the Northwest and has grown our gaming investments from the early days of bingo halls to the full capacity of a gaming enterprise, and expansion into a new resort and golf course. Like many tribes across the nation, our funds support governmental services and financial support for our community.

Brian and his wife of 35 years, Nina, have two daughters LaVonne and Mary, son-in-law Tylor, granddaughter Isabella and grandson, Nathanael

 

Fawn Sharp
1st Vice President, NCAI
President, Quinault Indian Nation

1st Vice President,
Fawn Sharp

Fawn Sharp, a member of the Quinault Indian Nation, received her J.D. from the University of Washington, School of Law. She also holds an advanced certificate in International Human Rights Law from Oxford University. President Sharp attended Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington, where she received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Criminal Justice.

Fawn Sharp is serving her fourth term as President of the Quinault Indian Nation (2006-2018), was recently reelected as President of the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) for a second term (2014-2016), and recently elected to Vice President for the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI).

President Sharp was selected by United States Secretary of the Interior Kenneth Salazar to chair the Secretarial Commission on Trust Administration and Reform (2011-2013). She is also a member of the Board of Trustees for Grays Harbor College in Aberdeen, Washington.

Prior positions include Managing Attorney/Lead Counsel for the Quinault Indian Nation, Quinault Tribal Court Associate Judge; Administrative Law Judge for the Washington State Department of Revenue Tax Appeals Division, and practiced law with the law firm of Phillips, Krause & Brown. Prior to becoming an attorney, Fawn held positions at the US Central Intelligence Agency and the Washington State Department of Corrections.

President Sharp resides on the Quinault Indian Reservation at Lake Quinault with her husband Dan Malvini and their three sons, Daniel, Alijah, Jonas, and daughter, Chiara. 

 

Aaron Payment
Secretary, NCAI
Chairman, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians

Secretary, Aaron Payment     

Chairperson Aaron Payment is serving in his second term as Chairperson of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians. With 42,000 members, his Tribe is the largest east of the Mississippi. He has served as a Tribal Council Member, Vice-Chairperson, and is now in his second four-year term as Chairperson.

Chairperson Payment has been in tribal elective office for nearly 14 years. Prior to serving as Chairperson, he worked in higher education directly serving fellow Native Americans. He has also spent six summers coordinating the Michigan Anishnaabe Future Leaders youth training programs and 16 summers as a summer camp counselor for Upward Bound, a TRiO program which served up to 40% Native Americans. For over twenty years, he has provided annual training on Tribal Sovereignty & Government-to-Government relations to future Michigan legislators (16 current serving) through the Michigan Political Leadership Program which is housed out of Michigan State University.

Chairperson Payment is a high school drop-out who earned a G.E.D., Bachelor’s Degree, Master’s in Public Administration, and coursework for two additional Master’s degrees in Education Administration and Education Specialist and completed his coursework and comprehensive exams toward a doctorate in Educational Leadership. He believes in giving back and affording other Native Americans and disadvantaged people opportunities to overcome adversity and the impacts of past United States Federal policy of forced assimilation.

Over the last year, Chairperson Payment has joined the fight to STOP SEQUESTRATION by raising awareness at all levels. One approach has been through the “It’s a Trust Thing” campaign to remind Congress of the Federal Trust Responsibility to uphold the obligations contained in the treaties between the United States Government and tribes which provide for “health, education and social welfare for as long as the winds blow, grass grows, and rivers flow”.

Chairperson Payment serves on the HHS Secretary Tribal Advisory Council, Health Research Advisory Counsel, Vice-President of M.A.S.T., and Vice-Chair of the Inter-Tribal Council of Michigan.
 

W. Ron Allen
Treasurer, NCAI
Chairman, Jamestown S'Klallam Tribe

Treasurer, W. Ron Allen


As the Tribal Chairman, (serving 1977-present), Ron Allen is responsible for representing the Tribe as the elected leader and for addressing political and policy issues and/or positions at the national, state and local levels. As the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) (serving 1982-present), he is also responsible for the executive administration of all the Tribe's programs including education, career development, social services, housing, health, economic development, natural resource management, and cultural/traditional affairs.

As Tribal Chairman/CEO, he is responsible for leading the Tribe from a zero resource base in 1982 to a current annual budget level of over $80 million; and from a landless reservation base in 1982 to a land base of over 1,200 acres without federal assistance. Additionally, he has led the Tribe to establish business enterprises including Seven Cedars Casino, The Cedars Golf Course, Northwest Native Expressions Art Gallery, JKT Development, and Jamestown Health & Medical Supplies.