On Monday, February 12, 2018, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Jefferson Keel will deliver the 2018 State of Indian Nations address
On Monday, February 12, 2018, the National Congress of American Indians (NCAI) President Jefferson Keel will deliver the 2018 State of Indian Nations (SOIN) address, which will be followed by the Executive Council Winter Session (ECWS).
Broadcasted live from Knight Studios at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. on Monday morning, President Keel’s SOIN address will outline the goals of tribal nations and their leaders, the opportunities for success and advancement of Native peoples, and the priorities for our nation-to-nation relationship with the United States.
Directly following SOIN, ECWS will kick off on Monday afternoon. Held at the Capital Hilton in Washington, D.C., the conference will explore key issues facing Native American communities while providing tactical solutions primarily through legislative and policy planning and advocacy with the Administration and Congress.
The event features tribal leaders and more than 20 speakers from the White House, government agencies and Congress, including:
- Ryan Zinke, Secretary, Department of the Interior
- David Shulkin, Secretary, Department of Veteran Affairs
- Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein, Department of Justice
- Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (CA)
- Senator Heidi Heitkamp (ND)
- Congressman Tom O’Halleran (AZ)
- Senator Jeff Merkley (OR)
- Congressman Derrick Kilmer (WA)
- Congressman Don Young (AK)
- Senator Tom Udall (NM)
- Congresswoman Norma Torres (CA)
- Congressman Jack Bergman (MI)
- Congressman Steve Pearce (NM)
- Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (NV)
- Senator Lisa Murkowski (AK)
NOTE TO MEDIA:
2018 State of Indian Nations (SOIN) Address
Press registration will begin at 9:15 a.m. EST at the Group Entrance on C Street NW of the Newseum. Please note all press are required to wear press badges at all times and are asked to announce themselves to the moderator of each session they plan on attending.
Executive Council Winter Session (ECWS)
On-site press credentialing for ECWS takes place on Monday, February 12, 2018 from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST. Credentialed press have access to all plenary sessions, as well as those sessions noted for press access on the agenda.
About the State of Indian Nations:
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.
About the National Congress of American Indians:
Founded in 1944, the National Congress of American Indians is the oldest, largest and most representative American Indian and Alaska Native organization in the country. NCAI advocates on behalf of tribal governments and communities, promoting strong tribal-federal government-to-government policies, and promoting a better understanding among the general public regarding American Indian and Alaska Native governments, people and rights. For more information, visit www.ncai.org.