NCAI President Jefferson Keel to Deliver the 2018 State of Indian Nations Address on Monday; Sen. Tom Udall to Deliver Congressional Response

National Congress of American Indians President Jefferson Keel

February 10, 2018 

WASHINGTON – Each year, the president of the National Congress of American Indians presents the State of Indian Nations address to members of Congress, government officials, tribal leaders and citizens, and the American public. The speech outlines the goals of tribal leaders, the opportunities for success and advancement of Native peoples, and priorities to advance our nation-to-nation relationship with the United States.

Vice Chair of the U.S. Senate Committee on Indian Affairs Tom Udall – D – New Mexico

NCAI President Jefferson Keel will deliver the State of Indian Nations live from the Knight Studios at the Newseum in Washington, DC on Monday, February 12, 2018. President Keel is the 22nd president of the National Congress of American Indians, the larget national Aemrician Indian organization. Elected last October at NCAI’s national convention in Milwaukee, Keel is the lt. governor of the Chickasaw Nation, based in Ada, Oklahoma.

United States Senator Tom Udall (D – New Mexico) is confirmed to deliver the Congressional Response. Senator Udall serves on the U.S. Senate Indian Affairs Committee and advocates for the priority concerns of tribal nations and communities, including economic development, the federal government’s trust and treaty responsibilities, land management, and education and health programs.

Senator Udall’s Congressional Response will directly follow NCAI President Jefferson Keel’s SOIN address, which will outline the goals of Indian Country, opportunities for advancement by Native peoples, and the priorities for tribal nation’s government-to-government relationship with the United States.


WHAT:                                 2018 State of Indian Nations

                                             Delivered by NCAI President Jefferson Keel

WHERE:                               Knight Studio – Newseum

                                                555 Pennsylvania Ave NW

                                                Washington, D.C. 20001

                                                *Use the C Street Entrance

DATE:                                    Monday, February 12, 2018

EVENT SCHEDULE:           

9:50 a.m.              General Registration and Doors Open
10:15 a.m.           Final Seating
10:20 a.m.           Program Begins
10:30 a.m.           State of Indian Nations

11:00 a.m.           Congressional Response

11:15 a.m.           Questions & Answer Session/Press Availability

11:30 a.m.           Closing Remarks

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