NCAI Delegates Converge on Denver Where the Organization Began in 1944

Published October 22, 2018

A commemorative photograph of 75th Annual Convention will be taken on Wednesday at noon.

DENVER  — Delegates to the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) are in Denver for the organization’s 75th Annual Convention & Marketplace, hosted at the Hyatt Regency Denver at Colorado Convention Center on October 21 – 26, 2018.

Delegates in line for registration on Sunday afternoon.

Founded in 1944 in Denver by 80 delegates representing 50 American Indian tribes and association across 27 states at the first convention, NCAI is known as the largest and oldestr national American Indian organization today. Some 2,500 delegates are expected to be in Denver this week to celebrate this historic gathering.

On Sunday, delegates participated in task force workshops covering a wide range of subjects from violence against women, federal recognition, large land base tribes, addiction, tribal border caucus, among other topics that impact Indian Country.

On Monday, the first general session of this historic annversary convention will begin at 1:30 p.m. as it is called to order by NCAI President Jefferson Keel, who is the Lt. Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, based in Ada, Oklahoma.

A 75th Anniversary commemorative group photo will be taken on Wednesday at 12:30 p.m. in the Centennial Ballroom

Cedric Cromwell, chairman of  the Mashpee Wampanoag Tribe, talks about the fight to preserve sovereignty for his tribe. The Tribe filed a lawsuit against the federal government last month.


Frank Ettawageshik, former tribal chairman of the Little Traverse Bay Bands of Odawa Indians, led the discussion in the Federal Recognition Caucus.


Alaskan Natives at registration booth.


Shoshone-Bannock Tribes Chairman Nathan Small is the treasurer of the Large Land Base Tribal Nations Task Force.

Native News Online photographs by Levi Rickert.


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