Released in conjunction with the 2013 State of Indian Nations, this report shows areas where tribes are exercising their sovereignty right now, diversifying their revenue base, and bringing economic success to their nations and surrounding communities.
Tribal nations make critical contributions to the economic health of their communities and surrounding regional economies. Since enactment in the 1970s, the tools of self-governance have transformed economic systems in Indian Country and beyond. Investments in Native economic development and job creation bring benefits to tribal nations and the nation as a whole.
Native people are America’s most rural population, and tribal lands consist over five percent of the nation’s land base - an area that would make Indian Country the nation’s fourth largest state. Tribal nations own significant assets but cumbersome bureaucratic barriers often undermine their capacity to fully benefit from those resources. Tribal communities are among the poorest in the country and unemployment rates in Indian Country often stand above 50 percent. However, new forms of economic development and commerce present substantial opportunities to contribute to emerging Native economies.
NCAI is actively working with Indian Country to advocate for investments in tribal economies, to stimulate and implement innovative economic policy and to remove barriers to economic development. Honoring tribes as governments and fully investing in modern infrastructure for Indian Country offers immense economic promise for tribes and the American economy.
Aquinnah/Gay Head Community Association, INC.; Town Of Aquinnah, Ma, Plaintiffs-Appellants/Cross-Appellees, Commonwealth Of Massachusetts, Plaintiff-Appellee, V. The Wampanoag Tribe Of Gay Head (Aquinnah); The Aquinnah Wampanoag Gaming Corporation, Defend
Jan 28, 2020
Water Wheel Camp Recreation Area v. The Honorable Gary Larance
May 21, 2010
2019 Annual Wrap Up
Nov 18, 2019
2019 NCAI Annual Convention Policy Update
Oct 24, 2019
2018-2019 NCAI Annual Report
Oct 17, 2019
Testimony & Speeches
NCAI Testimony on H.R. 375
May 15, 2019
Testimony to the House Appropriations Committee Subcommittee on Commerce, Justice, Science and Related Agencies
May 01, 2017
NCAI Opposition to Sec. 842 of H.R. 4909, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2017
May 26, 2016
Calling for Highway Construction Programs to Repair Dangerous Indian Country Highways and Build Safe School Roads
Nov 13, 2020
Calling for Increased Funding for Health Care and Sanitation Infrastructure for American Indian/Alaska Native Tribal Nations
Nov 13, 2020
Calling Upon the NIGC to Retract Proposal for Fees on Free Play for Tribal Casinos
Nov 13, 2020
National Congress of American Indians announces $1 million grant from Google.org
Nov 23, 2020
Final Rule for Community Reinvestment Act Features Landmark Provisions to Increase Access to Capital and Credit for Indian Country
May 21, 2020
NCAI President Jefferson Keel Honors Senator John McCain
Aug 25, 2018