Prior to 75th Annual Conference, National Congress of American Indians Executive Board Place Executive Director on Administrative Leave

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Jacqueline Pata, NCAI Executive Director, was placed on administratve leave on Saturday night.

Published October 21, 2018

DENVER  — The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) Executive Committee announced on Saturday evening that NCAI Executive Director Jacqueline Pata has been placed on administrative leave pending the completion of a review by an ad hoc committee composed of tribal leaders who serve on the Executive Committee.

The move comes as the NCAI Executive Committee is in Denver for the 75th Annual Convention and Marketplace, which begins on today and lasts through Friday.

The NCAI Executive Committee established the ad hoc committee to review how allegations of staff misconduct have been addressed previously by the organization. A team of NCAI senior leadership staff – Senior Advisor Virginia Davis, General Counsel Derrick Beetso, and Policy Research Center Director Yvette Roubideaux – have been appointed by the Administrative Officers to lead NCAI while the ad hoc committee review is in process.

Pata has been under fire for her handling of an alleged sexual harrassment by the former legal counsel, which led to his recent termination.

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