NCAI President Brian and Mrs. Nina Cladoosby at White House State Dinner. PHOTO Courtesy of The White House
WASHINGTON – Among the honored guest at the State Dinner in honor of French President Francois Hollande hosted by President Barack Obama on Tuesday night was National Congress of American Indians President Brian Cladoosby.
He and his wife, Nina, were on hand for the first State Dinner held in over two years on the South Lawn of the White House.
“Tonight was a true reflection of the place of Native governments on the global stage. The tribal nations of this country were honored and represented alongside foreign nations and the United States. I am so excited to help connect tribal leaders with those I met tonight and to do whatever I can to advance the goals of tribes and Native peoples,” commented a jubilant President Cladoosby after the event.
President Cladoosby serves as the 21st President of the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI). He is currently the president of the Association of Washington Tribes and has previously served as an area vice president on the NCAI Board. Brian Cladoosby has served on the Swinomish Indian Senate, the governing body of the Swinomish Indian Tribal Community, since 1985. He has served as the chairman of the Swinomish Indian Senate since 1997.
President Barack Obama, President François Hollande of France, First Lady Michelle Obama and guests watch performer Mary J. Blige during the State Dinner for President Hollande on the South Lawn of the White House, Feb. 11, 2014 – Photo Courtesy of The White House
The presidents of the National Congress of American Indians, the United States, and France enjoyed a meal celebrating American cuisine and were entertained by Mary J. Blige. The guest list included high-level officials from the Obama Administration, officials from the French government, members of Congress, state and local elected officials, and celebrities.