National Congress of American Indians

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.
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NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and their citizens.

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NCAI’s Marketplace is going virtual! Register today to be an exhibitor for the Tribal/Leader Scholar Forum September 1-3...
08/13/2020

NCAI’s Marketplace is going virtual! Register today to be an exhibitor for the Tribal/Leader Scholar Forum September 1-3, 2020. https://bit.ly/2XYjMka

#TBT Pretty Nose, an #Arapaho war chief who participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.
08/13/2020

#TBT Pretty Nose, an #Arapaho war chief who participated in the Battle of the Little Bighorn.

With the #Census2020 timeline moved up, it is more essential than ever that we ensure that #IndianCountryCounts. The fai...
08/13/2020

With the #Census2020 timeline moved up, it is more essential than ever that we ensure that #IndianCountryCounts. The failure to fully enumerate the AI/AN population could result in devastating consequences, including reductions in access to federal and state services and resources. Apply for one of our grants and help us count: https://bit.ly/iccminigrants2020

Learn the history of the Jingle Dress Dance and how tribal nations across #IndianCountry have used it to start #HealingT...
08/12/2020
The History of the Jingle Dress Dance | NCAI

Learn the history of the Jingle Dress Dance and how tribal nations across #IndianCountry have used it to start #HealingTogether.

Published on Aug 12, 2020 Throughout Indian Country, women and girls don their Jingle Dresses and mesmerize powwows as they move lightly, kicking out their heels and bouncing to the drumbeat. The dresses – also known as Prayer Dresses – are lined with rows and rows of metal cones, or ziibaaska.....

Looking for a job? Check out our job listings from American Indian and or Alaska Native organizations or from entities s...
08/12/2020

Looking for a job? Check out our job listings from American Indian and or Alaska Native organizations or from entities seeking Native American applicants: https://bit.ly/ncaijoblistings

We have joined a letter with other Tribal organizations urging the The World Games to reverse its determination that the...
08/12/2020

We have joined a letter with other Tribal organizations urging the The World Games to reverse its determination that the #IroquoisNationals lacrosse team is not eligible for the the 2022 World Games in Birmingham, AL. Read the letter: https://bit.ly/iwgaletter

Pueblo people in New Mexico and Arizona celebrate the day their ancestors successfully drove out Spanish colonizers, all...
08/10/2020
Marking the first American revolution: the Pueblo Revolt of 1680

Pueblo people in New Mexico and Arizona celebrate the day their ancestors successfully drove out Spanish colonizers, allowing Pueblo cultures to survive and thrive. Learn more:

Pueblo people in New Mexico and Arizona celebrate the day their ancestors successfully drove out Spanish colonizers, allowing Pueblo cultures to survive and thrive

Wisdom from the Lakota. #MotivationMonday
08/10/2020

Wisdom from the Lakota. #MotivationMonday

On the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, and following this year's theme of '#COVID19 and indigenous ...
08/09/2020

On the International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples, and following this year's theme of '#COVID19 and indigenous peoples’ resilience,' we want to know, how has your tribal nation shown resilience?

#NativeArtSaturday Traditional Kachina Dolls from the Hopi Tribe in the Western region of the United States.
08/08/2020

#NativeArtSaturday Traditional Kachina Dolls from the Hopi Tribe in the Western region of the United States.

Need funding to hold events to educate tribal citizens on #NativeVote and preparing them to vote in their area for the 2...
08/07/2020

Need funding to hold events to educate tribal citizens on #NativeVote and preparing them to vote in their area for the 2020 election cycle? Here’s your chance to apply for one of our community mini grants: https://bit.ly/nativevote2020comgrants

08/06/2020
Taking Action in 2020

This livestream event will be broadcast on NCAI’s page and will cover the latest updates in Native Vote and Indian Country Counts census efforts. The event will feature guests Rio Fernandes from the National Urban Indian Family Coalition to speak about NUIFC’s efforts to assist tribal nations and hard-to-count communities by providing resources to complete the count and elevating community voices through their work in civic engagement. Then we will hear from Karishma Shah from the National Conference on Citizenship to discuss Misinformation in civic engagement. NCAI’s Civic Engagement team will also provide the latest updates on 2020 Census operations and how to adjust census outreach efforts given COVID-19.

#TBT Inupiat woman in #Alaska, circa 1907.
08/06/2020

#TBT Inupiat woman in #Alaska, circa 1907.

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it is ending #Census2020 field operations on September 30, 2020. NCAI, the Native ...
08/05/2020

The U.S. Census Bureau announced that it is ending #Census2020 field operations on September 30, 2020. NCAI, the Native American Rights Fund and the National Urban Indian Family Coalition are deeply alarmed and concerned with this unwarranted and irresponsible decision. Read our join statement: https://bit.ly/2020censusoperations

Are you a Native artist from the Northwest region of the United States? We are seeking original artwork for our Annual C...
08/05/2020

Are you a Native artist from the Northwest region of the United States? We are seeking original artwork for our Annual Convention & Marketplace program cover. Learn how to submit it: bit.ly/calltoartists2020

The team at NCAI is expanding and we are looking to fill positions in our accounting, civic engagement, and communicatio...
08/04/2020

The team at NCAI is expanding and we are looking to fill positions in our accounting, civic engagement, and communications teams. Visit our page to learn more: https://bit.ly/ncaiwork

Voting in a Primary Election Counts! Political parties run state primaries to determine which candidates for legislative...
08/04/2020

Voting in a Primary Election Counts! Political parties run state primaries to determine which candidates for legislative seats will go on the general election ballot on Nov. 3, 2020. If you're in #Arizona, #Kansas, #Michigan, or #Missouri, today's your chance to vote. Visit nativevote.org to learn more.

On Santo Domingo Pueblo Annual Feast Day, learn about feast days and when they happen:
08/04/2020
Learn about Feast Days and which ones are coming up next!

On Santo Domingo Pueblo Annual Feast Day, learn about feast days and when they happen:

Feast days are as much celebrations of ancient Native American traditions and heritage as they are commemorations of Catholic saints. Feast days include traditional dances, cultural activities, food, and arts and crafts vendors. Each dance tells a different story and serves a different purpose. Ever...

Good to remember. #MotivationMonday
08/03/2020

Good to remember. #MotivationMonday

#NativeArtSaturday A woven basket made by Lucy Telles, who learned basket weaving as a child, anc was well known for her...
08/01/2020

#NativeArtSaturday A woven basket made by Lucy Telles, who learned basket weaving as a child, anc was well known for her fine basketry. While traditional #Miwok baskets had one color, she used two colors per basket.

Photo credit: National Museum of the American Indian

NCAI will continue to advocate for an extension of the TPW – to enable all tribal nations the ability to access this cri...
07/31/2020

NCAI will continue to advocate for an extension of the TPW – to enable all tribal nations the ability to access this critical resource – and calls upon Congress to pass legislation to ensure Indian Country has access to spectrum on tribal lands. Read full statement here: https://bit.ly/2PcKfpx

NCAI Partners with Bright Path Strong and Pictureworks Entertainment to Support the Jim Thorpe “Take Back What Was Stole...
07/31/2020

NCAI Partners with Bright Path Strong and Pictureworks Entertainment to Support the Jim Thorpe “Take Back What Was Stolen” Movement. Read full release here: https://bit.ly/3k0s58w

Registration for the 15th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum is now open! Join us as researchers, practitioners, communi...
07/31/2020

Registration for the 15th Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum is now open! Join us as researchers, practitioners, community members, and others present their findings to tribal leaders, policymakers, and tribal members. https://bit.ly/tlsf2020 #TLSF20

07/31/2020
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Until now, Native people have never been asked about what issues matter to us. The Indigenous Futures Survey changes that. Take it now and enter to win raffle prizes like Nike N7 shoes, beaded jewelry & gift cards to your favorite Native brands. https://bit.ly/IndigFuture #IFS2020

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07/31/2020

The U.S. Census Bureau is hosting a Social Media Push Week from July 27-August 2 and #IndianCountry can get involved. Here's how:
1) Take a selfie.
2) Copy and paste the message below, filling in the blank:

I responded for ____
Respond now 2020census.gov
#2020Census

On #InternationalDayOfFriendship, we want to hear about our members who have become friends through NCAI. Sound off in t...
07/30/2020

On #InternationalDayOfFriendship, we want to hear about our members who have become friends through NCAI. Sound off in the comments below.

#TBT Theodora Octavia Dennis Cook, wife of Chief George Major Cook, wearing a woven feather neck ornament of wild turkey...
07/30/2020

#TBT Theodora Octavia Dennis Cook, wife of Chief George Major Cook, wearing a woven feather neck ornament of wild turkey feathers, wild goose, and shelldrake or shellduck, ca. 1864-ca. 1935. From the Pamunkey Indian Tribe in the #Northeast Region.

07/30/2020
Rock the Vote

Join our partner Rock the Vote as #DemocracySummer2020 continues tonight at 9:00 p.m. EDT with a virtual event celebrating the progress made during 30 years of the ADA, highlighting the continuing fight for disability justice and accessible voting.

Democracy Summer is back with a free virtual live recorded event about the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)!

Speakers and performers will represent the diversity of disabilities, including physical, learning, Autism, Diabetes, mental illness, autoimmune, PTSD, deafness, and addiction. Today, one in four adults - living in the U.S. has a disability, and yet, we are still fighting for our rights and protections - from special education and affordable health care and prescriptions to accessible transportation and protecting their freedom to vote. Lifting up these communities by voting is just one way we can ensure equal rights and opportunities for all, so join us as we move towards the polls! Tune in for a special streamed event.

Today’s the day! 🚀Don’t miss our online Census Party!  🎉 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. EDT. It’s your chance to be a hero! Join activ...
07/30/2020

Today’s the day! 🚀Don’t miss our online Census Party! 🎉 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. EDT. It’s your chance to be a hero! Join activists from across America, and make your voice heard! You’ll help make sure your family and community are represented for the next 10 years. #MyFamilyCounts #IndianCountryCounts 🙌🏽 https://bit.ly/censusparty2020

Researchers are conducting a survey to understand how COVID19 has affected Indigenous peoples. Take 10 minutes to fill o...
07/29/2020
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Researchers are conducting a survey to understand how COVID19 has affected Indigenous peoples. Take 10 minutes to fill out the Indigenous Futures Survey today to help shape the future and uplift the voice of Native peoples. https://bit.ly/IndigFuture #IFS2020

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We welcome the passage of the amendment to protect the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and its reservation land. Read our statem...
07/29/2020

We welcome the passage of the amendment to protect the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe and its reservation land. Read our statement: https://bit.ly/mashpeeprotection

#SocialDistancing doesn’t mean no fun! 🏄🏾 Come to our online Census Party! 🎉 It’s July 30, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. EDT. You’ll ...
07/29/2020

#SocialDistancing doesn’t mean no fun! 🏄🏾 Come to our online Census Party! 🎉 It’s July 30, 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. EDT. You’ll meet activists from across America, learn more about why the census is important, and fill out the form together. That’s power! #MyFamilyCounts #IndianCountryCounts 🙌

https://bit.ly/censusparty2020

Could you use $2,000 or more to help your tribal nation exercise their right to vote? We’re offering community mini gran...
07/28/2020

Could you use $2,000 or more to help your tribal nation exercise their right to vote? We’re offering community mini grants for this purpose. Apply today: https://bit.ly/nativevotefunding

07/28/2020
The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights

At 5:30 p.m. EDT tune into The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights’ weekly Facebook web series, Turn Up Tuesday, for an episode on how the 2020 Census impacts your right to vote and your ability to make change in your community. Watch on Facebook Live!

How does the 2020 Census impact your right to vote? Tune in to hear activists discuss ways you can change your community through the #2020Census and voting.

Join the campaign to end voter suppression with us at andstillivote.org

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About NCAI

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 nonprofit 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.

For nearly seven decades since its founding, NCAI has remained true to the original purpose of the organization: to be the unified voice of tribal nations. As outlined in the NCAI Constitution, our purpose is to serve as a forum for unified policy development among tribal governments in order to: (1) protect and advance tribal governance and treaty rights; (2) promote the economic development and health and welfare in Indian and Alaska Native communities; and (3) educate the public toward a better understanding of Indian and Alaska Native tribes.