NCAI Executive Director Moves On After Serving Nearly Two Decades as Organization’s Leading Tribal Nations Advocate

Published on Feb 19, 2019

Today, National Congress of American Indians (NCAI)’s Executive Director Jacqueline Pata announced her resignation with the organization after nearly 18 years of service.

“During Jackie’s tenure, NCAI grew substantially as an organization, forged partnerships within Indian Country and among outside allies, and achieved significant successes in our advocacy with Congress, the Executive Branch, and in the federal courts,” said NCAI President Jefferson Keel. “NCAI is appreciative of the leadership Jackie has shown in her stewardship of the organization, and we wish her well in her future endeavors,” continued President Keel. 

Pata, who is the longest serving Executive Director of NCAI, has agreed to continue leading NCAI during its transition to its next Executive Director.

“After having time for thought and reflection, I have decided to resign from my role as NCAI Executive Director,” said Pata. “Serving NCAI and tribal nations has been one of the greatest honors of my life. I am proud of that service and know that I leave NCAI with a strong foundation for continued growth under new leadership.”


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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