Published September 17, 2018
WASHINGTON — The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) returns to Denver, Colorado to host its “Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future” 75th Anniversary Annual Convention & Marketplace (NCAI75) at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center on October 21-26, 2018.
Founded in 1944 in Denver by 80 delegates representing 50 tribal nations and associations across 27 states at the First Annual Convention, NCAI has established a legacy over the past three-quarters of a century as the oldest, largest and most representative organization advocating for the rights of tribal nations, governments, and peoples. NCAI is celebrating this landmark year with activities surrounding the anniversary, including the 75th Anniversary Gala, the unveiling of its coffee table book commemorating NCAI’s difference-making legacy, the Cultural Night Powwow, and special feature presentations throughout the week.
“Honoring the Past, Shaping the Future” is a rediscovery of NCAI’s history, the lessons learned from our journey, and how tribal nations and communities can apply those lessons to shape the future for seven generations to come. Tribal leaders and other representatives from across the country will come together to celebrate tribal sovereignty and self-governance as well as decades of tireless work by our elders, advocates, allies, and friends.
Key subjects addressed at NCAI75 will include areas of great interest to tribal governments and leaders, such as Medicaid, making the Native Vote count, ensuring that Census 2020 fully counts Indian Country, ending violence again women, climate action efforts across tribal nations, building sustainable tribal economies, Native homeownership, preventing substance abuse, and plenty more. Please see the 2018 Annual Draft Agenda for additional details.