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


Thank you for your interest in the NCAI Youth Commission Officers 2018-2020 Term. The application below is split into eight sections and must be completed in one-sitting. In addition to the application, NCAI also requests each applicant to submit a 500-word essay in Section 6, and a Letter of Support from your tribe to be submitted via email or mail (directions provided in Section 7).

Please review the application questions prior to beginning your application here:

Writing Prompt for Section 6 500-Word Essay:

Why are you interested in running for a position on the NCAI Youth Commission? What change do you hope to make for Youth in your community and Indian Country? (Recommended to write ahead of time.)

Letter of Support Sample PDF:

Letter of Support Sample Word Document:

Due Date: Application and materials due by October 12, 2018


National Indian Child Welfare Association Youth Board Member Position

The National Indian Child Welfare Association (NICWA) and the National Congress of American Indians Youth Commission (NCAI-YC) have partnered to create an opportunity for American Indian/Alaska Native (AI/AN) youth to serve on the NICWA board. By engaging AI/AN youth voices in its governance structure, NICWA aims to expose these future leaders to child welfare and related issues, and improve its coordination with formally recognized Native youth organizations. The AI/AN youth perspective is a critical aspect of the NICWA board’s efforts surrounding policy positions and potential courses of action. Youth are introduced to board service and play a key role in helping NICWA’s board of directions in its decision making. 

Learn more about the NICWA board and responsibilities of youth board members here.

Youth Commission Officers


Youth Commission
Mikah Carlos
Salt River Pima-Maricopa
Brian Barlow
Cherokee Nation of OK
Rory Wheeler
Co-Vice President
Seneca Nation
Lance Sanchez
Tohono O'odham Nation
Ian Olson
Member-At-Large Makah

Victoria Hall

Member-At-Large Jamestown S'Klallam 
Thomas Hall Member-At-Large

Jamestown S'Klallam

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