Media Advisory: 2016 Executive Council Winter Session

Published on Feb 16, 2016

February 16, 2016


Media Advisory: 2016 Executive Council Winter Session

On Monday, February 22, 2016, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) begins its 2016 Executive Council Winter Session (ECWS) at 9:00 AM EST.

Held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, DC, the 2016 Executive Council Winter Session will tackle key issues facing American Indian and Alaska Native communities and provide tactical solutions primarily through legislative and policy planning.

Press credentialing takes place Monday, February 22, 2016 from 7:30 AM - 5:00 PM EST. Credentialed press have access to all plenary sessions, as well as those sessions noted for press access on the agenda. The application for press credentials can be downloaded here and sent to

Please note that press are required to wear press badges at all times and are asked to please announce yourself to the moderator of each session you plan on attending.

The three-day event features leading experts in tribal legislation, climate change, tax, health, education, and more, with more than 20 speakers from the White House, government agencies, and Congress, including:

  • Karen Diver, Special Assistant to the President, White House

  • Secretary Robert McDonald, US Department of Veteran Affairs

  • Maria Contreras-Sweet, Administrator, Small Business Administration

  • John King, Acting Secretary, Department of Education

  • Mary Wakefield, Deputy Secretary, US Health and Human Services

  • Lawrence Roberts, Acting Assistant Secretary, Department of the Interior

  • US Senator John Barrasso (R-WY)

  • US Senator Steve Daines (R-MT)

  • US Senator Al Franken (D-MN)

  • US Senator James Lankford (R-OK)

  • US Congressman Dan Kildee (D-MI)

  • US Senator Jon Tester (D-MT)

  • US Congressman Don Young (R-AK)

  • US Congresswoman Norma Torres (D-CA)

  • US Congresswoman Betty McCollum (D-MN)

  • US Senator Lisa Murkowski (R-AK)

  • US Congressman Mike Honda (D-CA)

  • US Senator Michael Crapo (R-ID)

  • US Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI)

  • US Congressman Mark Pocan (D-WI)

  • Champion of Change Recognition: Byron Dorgan, Former US Senator, Founder of Center for Native American Youth (CNAY)

Please review the draft agenda here. Contact NCAI External Affairs Director Jamie Gomez with any questions at


About The National Congress of American Indians:
Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights. For more information visit

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