About Membership

“We stand together, raising the shared voice of Indian Country, and as a result every nation becomes stronger.” - Former NCAI President Jefferson Keel

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Protecting Sovereignty

Nearly 77 years ago, when NCAI was founded, the new organization brought together tribal leaders and tribal citizens, to speak with one voice to protect tribal sovereignty.

Today we honor that legacy by doing what no other organization, group, or lobbying effort is able to do: unify the interests of American Indian and Alaska Native nations and our people. We ask you to join us and raise your voice for all of Indian Country. It is our legacy as Native people.

Membership Driven

NCAI is a membership-driven organization. Our membership is a strong representation of the many nations, villages, communities, and individuals that constitute the whole of Indian Country.

The organization engages in both legislative and administrative advocacy on behalf of its membership. Moreover, the NCAI strives to ensure that all member tribes and individuals are informed and educated about all such issues affecting the well-being of Indian nations.

NCAI membership is made up of tribes and individuals who have met the eligibility criteria and paid dues as outlined in the Article III of the NCAI By-Laws.

Members are determined to be in good standing upon full payment of dues and having fulfilled the requirements of the Credentials Committee.

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Membership Categories & Benefits

NCAI’s membership consists of six categories:

1. Tribal Membership

For further membership information, contact:
(202) 466-7767

Recognized as a tribe or other identifiable group of American Indians by the Department of the Interior, Court of Claims, the Indian Claims Commission or a State.

  1. 100-180 votes per conference
  2. Reduced conference rate for two tribal members
  3. Copy of our publications throughout the year
  4. Broadcast emails to two emails
  5. (2) NCAI Car Decals

2. Individual Indian Membership
Recognized as a member by an Indian tribe or band, or combination of tribes and bands, recognized by the Department of the Interior, the Indian Claims Commission, Court of Claims, or a State.

  1. One vote at NCAI conferences
  2. NCAI Broadcasts to one email
  3. Reduced conference rates
  4. Copy of our publications throughout the year
  5. One NCAI Car decal
  6. Welcome Letter w/membership card

3. Individual Associate Membership
Individuals that do not qualify for membership for lack of Indian ancestry. Non-Indian applicants are admitted as non-voting associate members.

  1. Non-Voting
  2. Broadcast emails to one email
  3. Reduced conference rates
  4. Copy of our newsletter, the Sentinel
  5. One NCAI Car Decal
  6. Welcome Letter w/membership card

4. Individual Indian Lifetime Membership
Recognized as a member by an Indian tribe or band, or combination of tribes and bands, recognized by the Department of the Interior, the Indian Claims Commission, Court of Claims, or a State.

  1. One vote at NCAI conferences
  2. Broadcast emails to one email
  3. Reduced conference rates
  4. Copy of our publications throughout the year
  5. Lifetime Member Card
  6. One NCAI Car decal
  7. One NCAI T-shirt

5. Individual Associate Lifetime Membership
Individuals that do not qualify for membership for lack of Indian ancestry. Non-Indian applicants are admitted as non-voting associate members.

  1. Non-Voting
  2. Broadcast emails to one email
  3. Reduced conference rates
  4. Copy of our publications throughout the year
  5. Lifetime Member Card
  6. One NCAI Car decal
  7. One NCAI T-shirt

6. Associate Organization Membership
Organizations have the same rights and privileges afforded to Individual Associate members.

  1. Non-Voting
  2. Broadcast emails to two emails
  3. Reduced conference rate for two at each conference
  4. Copy of our publications throughout the year
  5. Name listed in web directory of supporters

Details About Membership Dues
Pursuant to the National Congress of American Indians By-Laws, Article III – Members, Section C - Dues: “Annual membership dues shall be due and payable at the Annual Convention of each year for the following year until the next Annual Convention …”

2020-2021 Membership Dues Cycle
NCAI Membership dues cycle is from each Annual Convention to the next. The 2019-2020 Membership dues expired September 30, 2020.