Previous NCAI Leadership

 Year  Location President  Executive Director
1944 Denver, CO N.B. Johnson, Cherokee Ruth Muskrat Bronson, Cherokee
1945 Browning, MT N.B. Johnson Ruth Muskrat Bronson
1946 Oklahoma City, OK N.B. Johnson Ruth Muskrat Bronson
1947 Santa Fe, NM N.B. Johnson Ruth Muskrat Bronson
1948 Denver, CO N.B. Johnson Ruth Muskrat Bronson
1949 Rapid City, SD N.B. Johnson Louis R. Bruce, Mohawk/Sioux 
Edward Rogers, Chippewa
1950 Bellingham, WA N.B. Johnson John C. Rainer, Taos Pueblo
1951 St. Paul, MN N.B. Johnson Ruth Muskrat Bronson, Cherokee
1952 Denver, CO N.B. Johnson Frank George, Colville
1953 Phoenix, AZ Joseph R. Garry, Coeur D’Alene Helen Peterson, Oglala Sioux
1954 Omaha, NE Joseph R. Garry Helen Peterson
1955 Spokane, WA Joseph R. Garry Helen Peterson
1956 Salt Lake City, UT Joseph R. Garry Helen Peterson
1957 Claremore, OK Joseph R. Garry Helen Peterson
1958 Missoula, MT Joseph R. Garry Helen Peterson
1959 Phoenix, AZ Joseph R. Garry Helen Peterson
1960 Denver, CO Walter Wetzel, Blackfeet Robert Burnett, Rosebud Sioux
1961 Lewiston, ID Walter Wetzel Robert Burnett
1962 Cherokee, NC Walter Wetzel Robert Burnett
1963 Bismarck, ND Walter Wetzel Robert Burnett
1964 Sheridan, WY Walter Wetzel Vine Deloria, Jr., Standing Rock Sioux
1965 Scottsdale, AZ Clarence Wesley, San Carlos Apache Vine Deloria, Jr.
1966 Oklahoma City, OK Clarence Wesley Vine Deloria, Jr.
1967 Portland, OR Wendell Chino, Mescalero Apache Vine Deloria, Jr.
1968 Omaha, NE Wendell Chino John Belindo, Navajo/Kiowa
1969 Albuquerque, NM Earl Old Person, Blackfeet Bruce Wilkie, Makah
1970 Anchorage, AK Earl Old Person Franklin Ducheneaux, Cheyenne River Sioux
1971 Reno, NV Leon F. Cook, Red Lake Chippewa Leo W. Vocu, Oglala Sioux
1972 Sarasota, FL Leon F. Cook Charles Trimble, Oglala Sioux
1973 Tulsa, OK Mel Tonasket, Colville Charles Trimble
1974 San Diego, CA Mel Tonasket Charles Trimble
1975 Portland, OR Mel Tonasket Charles Trimble
1976 Salt Lake City, UT Mel Tonasket Charles Trimble
1977 Dallas, TX Veronica L. Murdock, Mohave Charles Trimble
1978 Rapid City, SD Veronica L. Murdock Andrew E. Ebona, Tlingit
1979 Albuquerque, NM Edward Driving Hawk, Sioux Ronald Andrade, Luiseno-Dieguneo
1980 Spokane, WA Edward Driving Hawk Ronald Andrade
1981 Anchorage, AK Joseph DeLaCruz, Quinault Ronald Andrade
1982 Bismarck, ND Joseph DeLaCruz Ronald Andrade
1983 Green Bay, WI Joseph DeLaCruz Silas Whitman, Nez Perce
1984 Spokane, WA Joseph DeLaCruz Suzan Shown Harjo, Cheyenne/Muscogee
1985 Tulsa, OK Reuben A. Snake, Jr., Winnebago  Suzan Shown Harjo
1986 Phoenix, AZ Reuben A. Snake, Jr. Suzan Shown Harjo
1987 Tampa, FL Reuben A. Snake, Jr. Suzan Shown Harjo
1988 Sioux City, SD John Gonzales, San Ildefonso Pueblo Suzan Shown Harjo
1989 Oklahoma City, OK John Gonzales Suzan Shown Harjo
1990 Albuquerque, NM Wayne L. Ducheneaux, Cheyenne River Sioux A. Gay Kingman, Cheyenne River Sioux
1991 San Francisco, CA Wayne L. Ducheneaux A. Gay Kingman
1992 Arlington, VA gaiashkibos, Lac Courte Oreilles Michael J. Anderson, Creek/Choctaw
1993 Reno, NV gaiashkibos Rachel A. Joseph, Shoshone/Paiute/Mono
1994 Denver, CO gaiashkibos JoAnn K. Chase, Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara
1995 San Diego, CA gaiashkibos JoAnn K. Chase
1996 Phoenix, AZ W. Ron Allen, Jamestown S’Klallam JoAnn K. Chase
1997 Santa Fe, NM W. Ron Allen JoAnn K. Chase
1998 Myrtle Beach, SC W. Ron Allen JoAnn K. Chase
1999 Palm Springs, CA W. Ron Allen JoAnn K. Chase
2000 St. Paul, MN Susan Masten, Yurok JoAnn K. Chase
2001 Spokane, WA Susan Masten Jacqueline Johnson, Tlingit
2002 San Diego, CA Tex Hall, Mandan/Hidatsa/Arikara Jacqueline Johnson
2003 Albuquerque, NM Tex Hall Jacqueline Johnson
2004 Fort Lauderdale, FL Tex Hall Jacqueline Johnson
2005 Tulsa, OK Tex Hall Jacqueline Johnson
2006 Sacramento, CA Joe A. Garcia, Ohkay Owingeh Jacqueline Johnson
2007 Denver, CO Joe A. Garcia Jacqueline Johnson
2008 Phoenix, AZ Joe A. Garcia Jacqueline Johnson Pata
2009 Palm Springs, CA Joe A. Garcia Jacqueline Johnson Pata
2010 Albuquerque, NM Jefferson Keel, Chickasaw Jacqueline Johnson Pata
2011 Portland, OR Jefferson Keel Jacqueline Johnson Pata
2012 Sacramento, CA Jefferson Keel Jacqueline Johnson Pata
2013 Tulsa, OK Jefferson Keel Jacqueline Johnson Pata
2014 Atlanta, Georgia Brian Cladoosby, Swinomish Jacqueline Johnson Pata
2015 San Diego, CA Brian Cladoosby Jacqueline Johnson Pata
2016  Phoenix, AZ Brian Cladoosby Jacqueline Pata