ANCHORAGE — The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) 2014 Mid Year Conference is under way at the Dena’ina Civic & Convention Center in Anchorage, Alaska. This annual event attracts thousands of American Indian and Alaska Native leaders from Indian country.
This year’s theme is “Claiming Our Rights and Strengthening Our Governance.”
The National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) is the nation’s oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization serving the broad interests of tribal governments and communities.
NCAI members establish the organization’s positions on issues that affect tribal nations and Native people through a resolutions process. NCAI resolutions are one of the policy mechanisms used to express the organizational positions on tribal, federal, state, and/or local legislation, litigation, and policy matters that affect tribal governments or communities.
The conference agenda covers an array of topics important to tribes throughout Indian country.
On Tuesday, June 10, the Ninth Annual Tribal Leader/Scholar Forum will be held. The theme is “Moving Policy and Innovation through Tribal Research”, and the Forum will feature cutting-edge research developed by tribes and research organizations on a range of topics that may include: health care reform, climate change, water quality, education, economic development, and energy. The Forum will also feature a Poster Session highlighting student research.
The conference will also feature a Native Vote workshop emphasizing the importance of getting American Indians and Alaska Natives to register so they can vote in the upcoming national election in November 2014.
The conference concludes on Wednesday, June 11.