December 4, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. | NCAI opposes President Trump’s efforts to reduce two monuments that hold tribal sacred places. Today, President Trump issued Presidential Proclamations reducing the size of the Bears Ears and Grand Staircase national monuments in Utah. These monuments were initially designated as monuments to ensure that tribal and American citizens would have use of these significant landscapes for generations to come. The National Congress of American Indians stands by the efforts of all effected Tribal Governments and local communities who are determined to protect these sacred places in their entirety.
November 27, 2017
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Jefferson Keel Issues Statement on the White House Ceremony Honoring Native American Code Talkers
WASHINGTON, D.C. | On November 27, 2017, the National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel issued the following statement:
November 21, 2017
Top Civil Rights Organizations Urge Media Not to Use Washington NFL Team’s R-word Name on Thanksgiving
Oneida Nation Homelands – Nov. 21, 2017 – A coalition of the country’s most prominent advocacy and civil rights organizations today called on media organizations to refrain from using the offensive R-word name of the Washington NFL team during their Thanksgiving Day coverage. The Washington franchise will take on the New York Giants in a high-profile, nationally broadcast game on Thursday.
November 16, 2017
The National Congress of American Indians and the Native American Finance Officers Association Oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in the House and the Senate
WASHINGTON, D.C. | The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) and the Native American Finance Officers Association (NAFOA) oppose the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act—both the House bill and the Senate Finance Committee bill.
November 3, 2017
Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI) and National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Announce #ChangeTheMascot Social Media Campaign during NFL’s Washington vs. Seattle Game
SEATTLE, WA | Today, the Affiliated Tribes of Northwest Indians (ATNI), in coordination with the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), are launching a joint #ChangeTheMascot social media campaign targeting Seattle, Washington and leading up to the NFL’s Washington Football Team vs. Seattle Seahawks game on Sunday, November 5, 2017 at 4:05 p.m. Eastern time.
October 19, 2017
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Elects 2017-2019 Executive Council at 74th Annual Convention & Marketplace
MILWAUKEE, WI | On Thursday, October 19, 2017, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) elected the new 2017-2019 NCAI Executive Council at the “We Are Strong Nations” 74th Annual Convention & Marketplace in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. The Executive Council is composed of four Administrative Board Officers and Regional Vice-Presidents and Alternates from each of the 12 regions.
October 18, 2017
National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Joins Assembly of First Nations (AFN) in Calling for the Development of a North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) Indigenous Chapter
MILWAUKEE, WI | On Tuesday, October 18, 2017, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) membership overwhelmingly moved to support Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde’s request that NCAI join AFN in working to establish an Indigenous Chapter in the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA).
October 17, 2017
U.S. Department of the Interior Announces White House Nomination of Tara Katuk Sweeney as Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs (AS-IA)
WASHINGTON, DC | On Tuesday, October 17, 2017, the U.S. Department of the Interior announced the White House nomination of Tara Katuk Sweeney as the new Assistant Secretary for Indian Affairs (AS-IA).
October 4, 2017
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) today announced that it is assuming control of the assets of Indian Country Today Media Network (ICTMN), the result of a donation to the organization by the Oneida Indian Nation.
September 14, 2017
The National Congress of American Indians welcomes Secretary Zinke’s Appointment of Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs
WASHINGTON, D.C. | The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) congratulates John Tahsuda III, enrolled member of the Kiowa Tribe of Oklahoma, on his recent appointment as Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary-Indian Affairs by U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke.
July 13, 2017
The McCollum-Cole Amendment on Tribal Public Safety & Victim Service Passes in the House Appropriations Committee
WASHINGTON, D.C. | Today, the House Appropriations Committee adopted an amendment offered by Representatives Betty McCollum (D—MN) and Tom Cole (R—OK) that would support tribal public safety and victim services programs. The amendment was adopted by voice vote with overwhelming bi-partisan support.
June 19, 2017
National Congress of American Indians and Change the Mascot Respond to Disappointing Supreme Court Ruling Upholding Derogatory Trademark
Oneida Nation Homelands (June 19, 2017) The National Congress of American Indians and the Change the Mascot campaign today responded to the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling this morning that federal trademarks can be registered, even if offensive or derogatory.
June 15, 2017
Today, tribal leaders gathered and adopted a resolution supporting the Paris Climate Agreement during the closing general assembly at the NCAI 2017 Mid Year Conference & Marketplace.
June 14, 2017
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) congratulates the Standing Rock and Cheyenne River Sioux Tribes on their successful defense of their lands and waters against the harms of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL), and all of the Tribal Nations who supported their efforts.
June 14, 2017
U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI) Secretary Ryan Zinke Gives His First Address to a Gathering of Tribal Nations at the NCAI 2017 Mid Year Conference
UNCASVILLE, CT | Yesterday, the U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke gave his first address to a national gathering of tribal nations during the opening plenary session at the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2017 Mid Year Conference & Marketplace (Mid Year).
June 2, 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C. | In spite of the disappointing news that President Trump has decided to withdraw from the Paris Agreement on climate change, Tribal Nations, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), and the Native American Rights Fund (NARF) remain firmly committed to representing and advancing Indigenous peoples’ interests in the ongoing process of implementing the Agreement.
May 25, 2017
U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke to Attend NCAI’s 2017 Mid Year Conference & Marketplace at Mohegan Sun
WASHINGTON, D.C. | U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke is confirmed to attend the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2017 Mid Year Conference & Marketplace (Mid Year) at Mohegan Sun in Uncasville, Connecticut held from Monday, June 12 to Thursday, June 15, 2017.
May 3, 2017
WASHINGTON, DC | May 3, 2017 — Today, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country, condemned President Donald Trump’s derogatory use of the name “Pocahontas” in attacking a political opponent during a speech to the National Rifle Association (NRA) last Thursday.
April 26, 2017
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is pleased to announce the selection of Dr. Yvette Roubideaux as the new Director of the NCAI Policy Research Center, located at the Embassy of Tribal Nations in Washington, DC. The NCAI Policy Research Center was launched in 2003 as a think tank focused on issues facing tribal communities. The Policy Research Center works with its partners to inform public policy at the tribal, federal, and state levels with quality and timely data.
March 1, 2017
Today Ryan Zinke was confirmed to serve as the 52nd Secretary of the Interior with a Senate vote of 68-31. The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) congratulates and welcomes Secretary Zinke to his new role as trustee to 567 Tribal Nations.
February 8, 2017
NCAI Protests Army Corps Decision to Issue Easement for Dakota Access Pipeline, Urges Changes to Infrastructure Permitting Process
The Army Corps of Engineers provided notice to Congress yesterday that it intends to issue the easement for the Dakota Access Pipeline, and to terminate its study of alternative routes and effects on tribal treaty rights. The decision is based on President Trump’s January 24 Presidential Memorandum ordering the Army Corps to expedite the issuance of the easement.
January 24, 2017
NCAI Expresses Concern with Presidential Actions to Short-Circuit Environmental Review Process for Dakota Access Pipeline
Today, President Trump issued an Executive Order and a Presidential Memorandum for the Secretary of the Army with direct impacts to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) and the Missouri River.
January 13, 2017
December 4, 2016
Today the Army Corp of Engineers announced its decision not to grant the easement to the Dakota Access Pipeline crossing the Missouri immediately above the Standing Rock Sioux Reservation, and to study alternate routes.
November 11, 2016
NCAI Veterans Day Message from President Cladoosby