“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.
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.
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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|NCAI 78th Annual Convention & Marketplace - National Congress of American Indians||Portland||Oregon||900 e||160 e||Oct 9, 2021|
|NCAI 77th Annual Convention & Marketplace - National Congress of American Indians||Portland||Oregon||800 e||150||Nov 8, 2020|
|NCAI 76th Annual Convention & Marketplace - National Congress of American Indians||Albuquerque||New Mexico||2,500 e||-||Oct 20, 2019|
|NCAI 75th Annual Convention & Marketplace - National Congress of American Indians||Denver||Colorado||-||142||Oct 21, 2018|
|NCAI 74th Annual Convention & Marketplace - National Congress of American Indians||Milwaukee||Wisconsin||-||-||Oct 15, 2017|
|NCAI 73rd Annual Convention & Marketplace - National Congress of American Indians||-||-||-||-||Oct 9, 2016|
|NCAI 72nd Annual Convention & Marketplace - National Congress of American Indians||-||-||-||-||Oct 18, 2015|
|NCAI 71st Annual Convention & Marketplace - National Congress of American Indians||-||-||-||-||Oct 26, 2014|
|ICAST 2014 - International Convention Of Allied Sportfishing Trades||Orlando||Florida||-||-||Jul 15, 2014|
|Vacuum Dealers Trade Association 2017 Conference||Las Vegas||Nevada||5,000||160 e||Feb 12, 2017|
|Convenience Distribution Marketplace 2017||Orlando||Florida||-||-||Feb 13, 2017|
|Association of Fundraising Distributors & Suppliers 2018 Expo||Las Vegas||Nevada||-||-||Jan 4, 2018|
|Vacuum Dealers Trade Association 2018 Conference||Charlotte||North Carolina||5,000||160 e||Feb 24, 2018|