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NCAI 76th Annual Convention & Marketplace - National Congress of American Indians

Albuquerque Convention Center, Albuquerque, New Mexico
Oct 20 - Oct 25, 2019

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About NCAI

“In order to secure to ourselves and our descendants the rights and benefits the traditional laws of our people to which we are entitled to as sovereign nations” – from the Preamble to the Constitution of the National Congress of American Indians – Denver, Colorado – 1944

The Unified Voice of Indian Country

Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the oldest, largest, and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.

NCAI, a non-profit organization, advocates for a bright future for generations to come by taking the lead to gain consensus on a constructive and promising vision for Indian Country. The organization’s policy issues and initiatives are driven by the consensus of our diverse membership, which consists of American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments, tribal citizens, individuals, and Native and non-Native organizations.

Tribal Nations & the United States: An Introduction

About the Guide

The guide "Tribal Nations and the United States: An Introduction" developed by the National Congress of American Indians seeks to provide a basic overview of the history and underlying principles of tribal governance. The guide also provides introductory information about tribal governments and American Indian and Alaska Native people today.

The purpose of the guide is to ensure that policy decision makers at the local, state, and federal level understand their relationship to tribal governments as part of the American family of governments. Additionally, this guide provides the information necessary for members of the public at large to understand and engage effectively with contemporary Indian Nations.

 An Overview

There are 573 federally recognized Indian Nations (variously called tribes, nations, bands, pueblos, communities and native villages) in the United States. Approximately 229 of these ethnically, culturally and linguistically diverse nations are located in Alaska; the other federally recognized tribes are located in 35 other states. Additionally, there are state recognized tribes located throughout the United States recognized by their respective state governments.

NCAI Mission

Protect and enhance treaty and sovereign rights.
Secure our traditional laws, cultures, and ways of life for our descendants.
Promote a common understanding of the rightful place of tribes in the family of American governments.
Improve the quality of life for Native communities and peoples.

Bringing Together Indian Country

NCAI's conferences, meetings, and events are key moments where Indian Country comes together to advance the most important discussions regarding policy and programs. You'll find information under NCAI Events about events planned for the next four years.

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