2021 Executive Council Winter Session


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Date: Feb 21, 2021 - Feb 25, 2021

Where: Virtual Event

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About the Event:

February 21 - 26, 2021

The 2021 Executive Council Winter Session is the constitutionally-mandated annual meeting of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Executive Council, one of NCAI's three main governing bodies. As the representative body of NCAI's member tribes, the Executive Council will meet virtually for the first time.

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2021 State of Indian Nations
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This meeting presents an opportunity for tribal delegates to hear from members of Congress and the Administration helping further the government-to-government relationship between Tribal Nations and the federal government.

Registration is now open.

Federal Government Consultations and Listening Sessions are open and do not require paid registration for NCAI’s Executive Council Winter Session.

Registration Fees

Conference registration fees are nonrefundable. By registering for the 2021 Executive Council Winter Session you agree to our terms and conditions.

Fee Type Early Regular Late
Member Fee: $350.00 $450.00 $450.00
Non-Member Fee: $450.00 $550.00 $550.00
Youth Registration (UP TO AGE 24)
Member Fee: $175.00 $250.00 $250.00
Non-Member Fee: $175.00 $250.00 $250.00


The NCAI Executive Committee has established a reduced registration rate of up to 50% off for tribal nations experiencing financial hardship as a result of COVID-19.

How to request a reduction:

To receive the reduced registration rate, please submit a request in writing, on tribal letterhead, and send it to Jamie Gomez at jgomez@ncai.org. If you would like, access template language that can be used for the request.


NCAI is sharing these other events to assist with attendees schedules, these are not NCAI events and contact information is provided in the descriptions. 



TWIN - Tribal Women For Indigenous Nations Virtual Event
TWIN is an organization started by the Aunties of Indian Country on Election Night 2020.  TWIN consists of current and former tribal leaders and other accomplished Native American women who are committed to increasing the number of Native American women in leadership roles across all levels of government and providing a network of support. 

We are hosting an "Open House" style gathering where you can meet and network with Native Women Tribal Leaders and Native Women Serving in the Biden Administration!   

Wendy Helgemo, (202) 255-1223, hwenz@aol.com
Rose Petoskey, (231) 499-7041, rose.petoskey@gmail.com


11:00 a.m. -2:00 p.m.

Food Distribution Program on Indian Reservations (FDPIR) Consultation
USDA Tribal Consultation with the FDPIR Tribal Leader Work Group on topics related to FDPIR.

Jeff Harris, (202) 205-2249, tribal.relations@usda.gov

2:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Federal Acknowledgment Re-Petitioning
The Department is taking this opportunity consult on whether it should reconsider its prior decision to ban re-petitioning under 25 CFR part 83 – the regulations establishing the process and criteria for how the Department administratively acknowledges Indian Tribes.

Elizabeth Appel, Director, Office of Regulatory Affairs & Collaborative Action – Indian Affairs, (202) 738-6065, Elizabeth.appel@bia.gov

3:00 - 4:00 p.m.

Native Knowledge 360 (NK360) Education Initiative by Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) is an education initiative that provides educational materials and virtual programs incorporating Native narratives, more comprehensive histories, and accurate information to enlighten and inform teaching and learning about Native America. Join the National Museum of the American Indian for a presentation on the museum’s newest initiative and hear from Chairman Greg Sarris why the Federated Indians of Graton Rancheria support this initiative.

Hannah Wendling, NMAI Event Coordinator, (202) 255-8032, WendlingH@si.edu

On Monday, February 22, 2021, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) kicks off its 2021 Executive Council Winter Session (ECWS) with the 19th State of Indian Nations (SOIN) address. The SOIN will be broadcast virtually beginning at 2:30 p.m. EST. NCAI President Fawn Sharp will deliver the SOIN Address followed by a Congressional Response. A separate briefing event for press will directly follow the address. The SOIN address will outline the priorities for our nation-to-nation relationship with the United States and for the advancement of Native peoples.



Please refer to the full schedule below for more details.


2:30 p.m.: Opening Remarks, NCAI First Vice President Aaron Payment, Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians Chairman
2:35 p.m.: Invocation, NCAI Area Vice President Tina Abrams, Seneca Nation of Indians Councilor
2:40 p.m.: State of Indian Nations, NCAI President Fawn Sharp, Quinault Indian Nation President 3:10 p.m.: Congressional Response
3:25 p.m.: Tribal Leader/Audience Question & Answer Session
3:45 p.m.: Closing Remarks
4:00 p.m.: Post SOIN Press Conference

ECWS sessions will begin Monday afternoon and will be held in a virtual setting. The 2021 ECWS will tackle key issues facing American Indian and Alaska Native communities while providing solutions through legislative and policy planning with the Biden-Harris Administration and 117th Congress.

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Contact the NCAI Press Office with any questions at ncaipress@ncai.org.

Your sponsorship makes possible our conferences for the National Congress of American Indians. For this year's unique Executive Council Winter Session, we've prepared an outline of the sponsorship opportunities and respective benefits available. 

For more information please contact Christian Weaver, Vice President of Development, cweaver@ncai.org


These are the sessions for the 2021 Executive Council Winter Session and the links to join. You must be registered for the event for the links to work. Once you click join you will be taken to that respective session in the event portal. All times listed are Eastern Standard Time.

*Please note NCAI Task Forces and Federal Government Consultations are open and do not require registration for NCAI’s Executive Council Winter Session.

Monday, February 22

10:00-5:00       Tech Support Room
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10:00-5:00       Registration and Rules & Credentials Open
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11:00-1:00       Addiction Task Force
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11:00-1:00       Data & Budget Task Force Joint Meeting (closed to press)
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11:00-1:00       Federal Recognition Task Force
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11:00-1:00       Large Land Base Task Force
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11:00-1:00       Native Languages Task Force
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11:00-1:00       NCAI TANF Task Force (closed to press)
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11:00-2:00       Climate Action Task Force
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11:00-2:00       Tribal Border Caucus (closed to press)
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11:00-2:00       Tribal Transportation Task Force
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11:00-6:00       NCAI Task Force on Violence Against Native Women (closed to press)
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12:00-2:00       Two Spirit Task Force
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2:30-4:15         State of Indian Nations
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4:30-6:00         Working with a New Congress
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Tuesday, February 23

9:00-5:00         Tech Support Room
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9:00-5:00         Registration and Rules & Credentials Open
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9:00                Congresswoman Haaland Confirmation Hearing Watch Party
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11:00-6:00       1st General Assembly
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Wednesday, February 24

10:00-5:00       Tech Support Room
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10:00-5:00       Registration and Rules & Credentials Open
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11:00-5:00       2nd General Assembly
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Thursday, February 25

10:00-5:00       Tech Support Room
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10:00-2:00       Registration and Rules & Credentials Open
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11:00-2:00       Federal Consultation: Food Distribution Programs on Indian Reservations (FDPIR)*
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1:00-3:00         3rd General Assembly
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2:00-4:00         Federal Consultation: Federal Acknowledgement Re-Petitioning*
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5:00-6:00         2020 Census – What is Next? (closed to press)
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Friday, February 26

10:00-2:00       Tech Support Room
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1:00-4:00         4th General Assembly
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Other Meetings & Events (Not Hosted By NCAI)

Tuesday, February 23 

7:30-9:30 pm  Tribal Women For Indigenous Nations (TWIN) - Virtual Event
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Thursday, February 25           

3:00-4:00 pm  Native Knowledge 360 (NK360) Education Initiative by Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian
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