NCAI Takes a Stand Against Political Attacks Misappropriating Native Culture

Published on Jun 29, 2016

June 29, 2016


NCAI Takes a Stand Against Political Attacks Misappropriating Native Culture

SPOKANE, WA | June 29, 2016—Today, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country, is taking a formal stand against politicians degrading Native culture on the national political stage.

The increase of cultural appropriation of Native American culture and tradition has reached its highest point in recent political history with attacks by candidates throughout debates, rallies, and live broadcast appearances. Most recently, a video has surfaced featuring radio personality Howie Carr conducting a war whoop while on the podium at a presidential rally.

“We are outraged at the lack of cultural sensitivity and ignorance being portrayed as the race towards the White House continues,” said Jackie Pata, NCAI Executive Director. “This is not a fight about political correctness, but rather a matter of respect for our people, our lands, our governments, and our youth.”

NCAI is hosting its 2016 Mid Year Conference & Tradeshow in Spokane, Washington this week. In attendance are tribal leaders and Native youth from across the country.

“Our Native youth are sacred to us,” said NCAI President Brian Cladoosby. “Just today, the NCAI Youth Commission launched a #CultureMatters social media campaign, and in the same afternoon their culture is degraded by those who want to be the future leaders of this country. This is between right and wrong – and this is wrong – as Native people we cannot standby and continue to let our culture and our youth be exposed to negative representation, no matter where it comes from. We are strong, we are resilient.”

Later today, Pata and Cladoosby will be releasing a #CultureMatters public service announcement via the NCAI YouTube. To show your support please tweet, post, and snap out the hashtag #CultureMatters with the image linked here. 


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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