Media Advisory: National Congress of American Indians to Co-host First-Ever Presidential Candidate Forum Focused on Native American Concerns

Published on Aug 07, 2019

WASHINGTON, D.C. | The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is proud to partner with the Four Directions organization to co-host the first-ever presidential candidate forum focused entirely on the concerns of Native People. The Frank LaMere Native American Presidential Forum is scheduled for August 19 and 20, 2019, at the Orpheum Theatre in Sioux City, Iowa. 
At this non-partisan forum, panels of leaders and youth representing tribal nations and leading Native organizations will pose questions and engage in dialogue with the assembled presidential candidates about Indian Country’s most pressing issues and priorities. Confirmed candidates include:
•  Governor Steve Bullock (MT)
•  Former U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro 
•  Navajo Nation citizen Mark Charles
•  Mayor Bill de Blasio (NY)
•  Former Congressman John Delaney (MD)
•  Senator Amy Klobuchar (MN)
•  Senator Bernie Sanders (VT)
•  Senator Elizabeth Warren (MA)
•  Best-selling Author Marianne Williamson
Candidates from all major political parties were extended invitations to participate in this event. Discussions continue with several other campaigns and additional candidates are expected to confirm attendance.
For more information about the event and the press credentialing process, please contact Four Directions Communications Director Matt Samp at
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 

About Four Directions, Inc.
Four Directions, Inc., is a 501(c)4 organization. Contributions to Four Directions, Inc. are not tax-deductible for federal income tax purposes and are not subject to public disclosure. For more information, visit 
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