2018 State of Indian Nations

Hotel Information


2018 Executive Council Winter Session

Date: Feb 12, 2018

Where: Newseum, 555 Pennsylvania Ave, Washington, DC 20001

About the Event:

2018 State of Indian Nations Address

President Keel Written Remarks

Senator Udall Written Remarks

Delivered by President Jefferson Keel

Jefferson Keel, President of the National Congress of American Indians will deliver the annual State of Indian Nations Address on February 12, 2018 from the Newseum in Washington, DC. For more information and for past President speeches, click here.

Seating for this event is currently at capacity. If you would like to join the wait list, please sign up here. A confirmation email will be sent to those requests we can accommodate. All attendees are invited by the Newseum to tour the museum immediately after the address. Passes are not required.

Please note this event will be available Monday, February 12 for livestream starting at 10:30am (EST), and for later viewing through the month of February.


The Newseum has a garage underneath their building. The cost is $10/hour or $20 for over an hour up to a full day. Additional is parking at 601 Pennsylvannia Ave NW. The cost $14/hour or $25/daily. For more information click here.


We invite tribes, schools, colleges, organizations, and community groups around the nation to host watch parties of the event. 
Once you reserve your watch party, you will receive a social media toolkit!

Reserve your watch party!

DRAFT Event Schedule

  9:30 am: Media Setup
  9:50 am: Registration and Doors Open
10:15 am: Final Seating
10:20 am: Program Begins
10:30 am: State of Indian Nations
11:00 am: Congressional Response
11:15 am: Question & Answer Session/Press Availability
11:30 am: Closing Remarks

Host Hotel
Capital Hilton
1001 16th Street
Washington, DC 20036

Hotel Information
Call: 1-800-HILTONS
Please reference the hotel’s assigned code for our group “NCAI” to receive group discounted rates. 
or click here for online reservations.

Hotel room deadline is Monday, January 22!
If you are unable to make a reservation at the host hotel and would like to be on the wait list, please contact Annarae Steele with your arrival and departure dates.

Space is limited in the Knight Studio and we highly recommend all press register early to ensure a spot in the press pool.

Please register for your credentials here.

Speakers Bios

President, Jefferson Keel

NCAI President,
Jefferson Keel

Jefferson Keel serves as the 22nd President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI), the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native tribal government organization in the country. President Keel was elected on October 2017 at NCAI’s 74th Annual Convention to serve a third nonconsecutive term as President of NCAI. 

President Jefferson Keel's Full Bio


Executive Director, Jacqueline Pata

NCAI Executive Director,
Jacqueline Pata

Jacqueline Pata has served as Executive Director of the National Congress of American Indians since 2001. She is a member of the Raven/Sockeye Clan of the Tlingit Tribe (pronounced – Kling-get) and a member of the Central Council of the Tlingit-Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska. Mrs. Pata served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Native American Programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) during the Clinton Administration.

Executive Director Jacqueline Pata’s Full Bio

Click here to view details regarding the 2018 Executive Council Winter Session.