NCAI Youth Commission


Established in 1997, the NCAI Youth Commission has been a space for tribal youth to come together and discuss solutions to the unique challenges they face within their communities. The youth commission has served as a space for Indian Country’s young people to stand together, empowered, to inform Indian country’s greater decisions regarding the future. Youth Commission members have often informed NCAI’s general membership on various issues, informing key advocacy decisions. The youth commissioners also provide leadership development opportunities and provides a forum for national native youth networking.


We, the National Congress of American Indian Youth, unite to serve our peoples concerns and interests by enhancing the spiritual, mental, physical and emotional well-being of tribal youth for a better Native America.


The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Youth Commission is designed specifically for college and high school students ages 16-23 with an interest in political science, tribal government and Native American legislative and governmental affairs.

The Youth Commission provides a unique perspective on issues relevant to tribal youth. It is to be a resource to NCAI and Tribal Leaders. It is an opportunity to acquire knowledge from NCAI and Tribal Leaders about the organizational processes of NCAI and structure of Tribal Politics. The Commission also serves to enhance leadership skills and cultivate those we may have obtained prior. Most importantly the NCAI Youth Commission is a mechanism for achieving a unified voice for ALL Native American and Alaskan Native youth.

2018 NCAI Youth Commission By-Laws


Youth Commission Officers


Youth Commission
Sophie Tiger
Comanche Nation/Standing Rock Sioux Tribe
Rory Wheeler
Seneca Nation/Mandan, Hidatsa & Arikara Nation
Sydney Matheson
Co-Vice President
Colville Confederated Tribes
Dishane Everybodytalksabout
Co-Vice President
Nisqually Indian Tribe
Marisela Villegas
Secretary Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community

Amari McCoy

Public Relations Officer  Cherokee Nation 

Youth Commission Newsletters

2017 NCAI Mid Year Conference & Marketplace
2015 Annual Convention Newsletter

Youth Sponsorship

NCAI's Youth Commission continues to seek sponsorship to assist with their financial needs. Sponsorships goes towards the funding of our luncheons, receptions, Youth Track Meetings and scholarships.  Any donations will be greatly appreciated!

Support the Youth Commission

If you are interested in donating to the NCAI Youth Commission, please contact our office or mail contributions to:

National Congress of American Indians
NCAI Youth Commission
1516 P Street NW
Washington, DC 20005

Phone: (202) 466-7767
Fax: (202) 466-7797